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St Bees Village Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs Emma Sharp

Governors

 Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.

 

 

 

 

Emma Sharp

 

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Storey

 Co-opted Governor (Deputy Headteacher)

March 2023

 

 

 

 

Deborah Pearson

LA Governor 

(Chair)

Safeguarding

January 2022

 

My name is Debbie Pearson and I started my Governing life as a Co-opted Governor for the village school in January 2018. Becoming  Chair of Governors in November 2019.

 

I have lived within the parish for over 15 years and have a son at the school.

 

My professional life sees me working in the nuclear industry for the past 30 years undertaking Commercial/Legal/Strategic Stakeholder management.  I am an advocate of “it’s never too late to learn”, having achieved my 2nd Degree in my 30’s.

 

I take my role as Chair of Governors very seriously and as such have completed all the relevant Statutory qualifications and training courses required to support me in this role and to ensure I provide the right level of support and challenge to the school.  

 

I work continually with the LA and the relevant external agencies, as well as the schools cluster groups in order to share and develop further knowledge, ensuring that as a Governing team we provide the school with the combined experience to continually promote the strategic aims of the school whilst providing a level of challenge and reassurance.

 

I feel very privileged to be the Chair of Governors and I look forward to supporting and working with the great team of individuals who work tirelessly every day to ensure the school continually maintains the high standard of operations it continues to achieve and overcome the many challenges brought about this year especially by COVID-19.

 

 

 

Nick Smith

 

Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

 

 29 November 2024

I was co-opted as a school governor in September 2016; as well as the overarching Board, I currently sit on the finance and personnel sub-committees and am the lead governor for modern foreign languages.

I have two daughters who attend the school, (Year 2, and Year 4). 

I have lived in Cumbria for most of my life, currently in St Bees. I work as a Technical Manager with additional experience in finance and stakeholder management.

I believe our school offers a safe, friendly, and stimulating learning environment with excellent staff and resources to empower our children to achieve the very best they are able thereby providing a strong and stable foundation for secondary education and beyond.

I look forward to supporting the school on its journey to becoming outstanding over the next few years.

 Anne Blaney

Co-opted Governor

 June 2023

 

I have been associated with St Bees Primary School for over 20 years. I started working as a Teaching Assistant; throughout my time there I became a High-Level Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor and a tutor for adult education in the C.D.C (A prime example of it’s never too late to learn). Becoming a tutor and working in the CDC enabled the school to acquire a computer suite.

I first joined the Governing Body as the staff representative and served on the curriculum and finance committee for many years. After retiring and having a year to myself I volunteered my services as a governor. I currently serve on the curriculum committee and I am the history and geography link governor.

 I look forward to contributing to governing body and the Curriculum Committee. I am committed to working together with staff and governors to continually strive to improve all aspects of school life, to ensure the school continues to thrive and grow so that each child can develop and achieve his/her full potential, educationally, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

 

Gus Kennedy

 Co-opted Governor

 10 March 2023

 

My name is Fergus Kennedy. I moved into the Village permanently in 2005 and became a Parish Councillor the following year. In 2008 I became the Parish Council representative on the governing body of St Bees Village School. Prior to retirement , I was headteacher of an inner city Primary school in Liverpool. Outside  school I was involved with Matchbox Theatre and Merseyside Young People's Theatre. I have been able to continue my love of Drama here in St Bees by my involvement in a number of community theatre projects.
For the past six or seven years I have enjoyed coming into school to teach drama to a number of classes, mainly Year 6.


I am a strong believer in offering children as many opportunities and experiences as possible,  through a broad and balanced curriculum . I would be sad to see the curriculum narrowing, turning Primary schools into exam factories.


I  have felt privileged to come into St Bees Village School to work  with children without the time consuming paperwork associated with a class teacher's job!

Alan Bowes

 Co-opted Governor

 30 September 2023

 

 

 

 

Rev Becky Gibbs

 

 

  Co-opted  Governor

 

 October 2022

 

My name is Reverend Becky and I am the Priest in Charge of St Bees Parish and have lived here since 2017. My son attended St Bees village school for the last years of his Primary education and thoroughly enjoyed his time here. I initially trained as a teacher and have taught in both primary and secondary schools. I have an honours degree in Dance Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a foundation degree in Theology, an interesting mix!

 

I am passionate about giving children a wide range of opportunities to learn about themselves and the world around them and if that can include spirituality and the arts then even better!

 

I was ordained Priest at Chester Cathedral in 2015 and took up my first post here in St Bees Priory in 2017. I have been pleased to see the church and school working closely together and it’s a joy to welcome both children and parents to celebrations and festivals and to pop into school to take assemblies and the odd lesson.

 

I look forward to continuing to serve the school as Parish Priest and School Governor.

 

 

Hayley Monaghan

 

Co-opted Governor

18 September 2023

Clair Spedding

Staff Governor

 29 November 2024

 

Hello every one!

My name is Clair Spedding and I am employed as the Manager of St Bees Pre School. During my time at the Pre School, the Pre School has increased dramatically in the number of children attending and we have had to complete necessary works to accommodate the increase in demand for high quality child care and education. Additionally, The Pre School has made the transition from charity status to a Governor Lead Community Run Pre School which initially inspired me to become a member of the Governing Body. 

I am really passionate about education, particularly about Early Years and the Foundation Stage and have worked previously as an assistant manager in a private nursery and  in primary education as a senior teaching assistant as well as an unqualified teacher. My career spans just over 28 years (showing my age now) and I can honestly say it is one of the most rewarding and varied jobs anyone can do - there has never been two days alike! 

I am a big believer in that "It's never to late" and think that even as adults we learn new things everyday - education and learning is life long. As a member of the governing body and as a member of staff I believe that if we can give our children at St Bees Village School the best possible start to their education as well as encouraging them to adopt our school ethos of when believing in themselves they can achieve the best they possibly can! I really think that the school is at the heart of the village community and this is evident in the amount of positive support from families, community members as well as the staff working in school. I can honestly say that I am proud to be a member of a team that is committed, supportive and has the passion and drive to move positively forward in raising standards for children in their learning. 

Victoria Dixon

Parent Governor

10 July 2023

 

My name is Victoria Dixon and I have been a parent governor since July 2019. I have lived in Cumbria all my life and attended the school as a child. My son James is now a pupil and I wish to see the school continue to grow giving children the same wonderful experiences and opportunities that I was fortunate to enjoy.

 

I am passionate about education and believe in the continued encouragement of our children’s knowledge and and social development. Being a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and having completed a post-graduate masters degree, I have experienced many teaching methods and styles. I firmly believe that each child learns differently and nurturing their education is the key to unlocking their potential.

 

I look forward to helping the school continue on its journey and support them in any way that I can.

 

Nicholas Clarke

Parent Governor

20 November 2023

 

 

 

Amelia McCabe

 Clerk to Governors

 

My name is Amelia McCabe and I have been employed at St Bees Village School for the last four years. I have completed two apprenticeships in Administration with the school, both Level 2 and NVQ Level 3. I am currently completing my School Business Professional Level 4 HNC qualification. I am proud to say I work at St Bees Village School and that I love my job!

In 2018 I began training to take over the role as Clerk to the Governors from Mrs James. I love learning new things and I am excited for the new responsibilities I will inherit.

Any online communications may be sent to clerk@stbeesvillage.cumbria.sch.uk

 


At St Bees Village School our governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. 

The purpose of our governing bodies is to support the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.

The governing body will have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

The full Board of Governors meets at least once each term with supporting committees to consider different aspects of the school in more detail. At St Bees Village School we have committees that look at; finance, personnel, curriculum and premises. We align each governors skill set with the committee of most relevance to encourage full involvement from governors.

To download the full document 'Annual Governance Statement Sept 17' click here.

To download the full document 'Annual Governance Statement Dec 16' click here.

To download the 'Governor Responsibility Document' click here.

To download a full copy of 'Attendance Record of Governors' click here.

 

The Board of Governors was newly constituted in May 2014 in line with the Statutory Guidance on School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. 

If you would like to contact one of our governors, fill in the form below.  If the query is for a particular governor, please state this in your e-mail, thank you.

Contact Governors

Any email sent via this service will go to our Chair of governors, Vice-chair of governors and Clark to the governors.