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The members of the Governing Body come from all areas of the school, including teachers, support staff, parents, members of the local community and those appointed by the Local Authority.  The clerk to the Governors attends meetings and ensures that minutes, records and papers of the Governing Body are properly recorded and maintained.

• Have the best interests of the school at heart. This includes the pupils first and foremost, but also staff, parents and the local community.
• Attend full Governing Body meetings at least once a term.
• Sit on at least one further committee e.g. Finance and Staffing between typically 3 and 6 times per year. Most of the key work of the Governing Body takes place in these committees.
• Read reports and background papers prior to meetings.
• Attend training sessions to improve understanding of the school and education.
• Carry out monitoring as required e.g. class visits and health and safety inspections.
• Plan strategically to continually improve the school for the benefit of all stakeholders, making best use of all information available about school performance.

• First and foremost to help raise standards of achievement.
• Be accountable for the performance of the school through monitoring and review.
• Help shape the vision for the school and thus the schools future direction.
• Make decisions about the school’s budget and staffing requirements.
• Ensure the school provides for all pupils, including those with additional needs.
• Decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.



Rosie Watling
About me
I am married with two sons and three grandchildren. From an early age I wanted to be a teacher. After going to college in Durham I taught in Northumberland in First and Middle Schools. I was lucky enough to be appointed as headteacher of Belle Vue Junior School in 1994. I enjoyed 14 years in that role before retiring in 2008. After retiring I had several years serving as an acting headteacher, firstly at Kingmoor Juniors then at Silloth Primary.
Why I became a governor
I have had a love of learning and a passion for education all of my life. After I retired I felt it was an opportunity to give something back to education.  I already felt an attachment to Kingmoor Junior School, and for me, it was a pleasure to be able to become involved in all aspects of governing the school, from helping to shape the future of the school to supporting the development of the children’s learning.
What I do in my spare time
I love to spend time with my family and I particularly enjoy days out with my grandchildren.  I live in the country by the fellside and enjoy walking with my dog on the fells. I love to cook and to have friends and family for meals.
I very much enjoy keeping up with friends and going on the occasional holiday.


Sharon McGaffin

About me
I originally come from Northern Ireland although I have lived in Cumbria for over 40 years. I have taught in a variety of schools in both Essex and Cumbria and have many years experience as a headteacher of a number of schools including Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School and Executive Headteacher of Kingmoor Junior School.
Why I became a Governor 
I became a Governor because I felt that I still had a strong loyalty to Kingmoor Junior School and also because I believe I still have something to offer in terms of my educational knowledge.  As a governor my key role is Special Needs and Attendance, monitoring the impact of our Special Needs provision throughout the school.
What I do in my spare time 
Since my retirement I have fulfilled my ambition to increase my worldwide travel and have now visited countries in nearly every continent.  I am interested in most sports having played both badminton and squash competitively for many years and taken part in both the Great North Run and the Cumbrian Run.  I now enjoy walking, particularly in the Lake District.

Tim Parsons
About me
I have lived in Carlisle for 25 years. I am a Chartered Surveyor and Director specialising in rural property and agriculture. I am married to Carole, who works in school as a Senior Teaching Assistant, and have two children who both came through Kingmoor Juniors, which was when I first joined the Governing Body as a parent governor. 

Why I became a Governor
My children attended both Kingmoor Infant and Junior Schools and I joined the governing body when they were at the schools (they are both now at Trinity). I felt I wanted to give something back to the school and the community and try and help to a small extent in shaping the future of children coming through the school. As a governor I am passionate about doing the absolute best for the children for whom we are responsible, whilst they are with us at the school. 

What I do in my spare time
Outside of work and governors I enjoy spending time with family and getting outdoors and being active. I enjoy cycling (both mountain biking and road) and have done the coast to coast 3 times with the school PFTA. I am an enthusiastic Welsh rugby fan and enjoy watching my son play rugby for Carlisle whilst occasionally getting out on the Lakeland fells. 

Unusual fact
I have trekked to Everest Base Camp in Nepal – it was fantastic !

Alison Hodgkison
About me
I grew up locally and attended Kingmoor as a child. My two sons (now very grown up) attended the Infant and Junior Schools as well. I have worked in administration and finance for a number of employers including the Local Authority. I became an adult education tutor in Kingmoor CBC in 2000 and took on some hours in the school office at the same time. I became Business Manager in 2011.

Why I became a Governor
I first became a non-teaching staff governor in June 2012 as I felt in a position to dedicate some of my spare time to give something back to the school and support the governing body in their role. I am now a cop-opted governor and sit on the Finance & Staffing and Premises sub committees.

What I do in my spare time
When I get time I enjoy travelling, reading and eating out with friends.
Vanessa Foster

About me
I live in Lowry Hill and my two daughters went to Kingmoor Junior school albeit 25 years ago! I am a qualified teacher and actually did my first teaching practice at Kingmoor back in 1978. After many years teaching I became the Physical Education and Sport Development Manager for Cumbria working for what is now Active Cumbria. I now work on a freelance basis running courses and CPD opportunities for teachers in PE. I am the secretary for Cumbria Schools Gymnastic Association and for many years have organised competitions across the county.
Why I became a Governor 
A vacancy had appeared on the governing body and I was approached by Rosie Watling at a gymnastics competition. I spend a lot of time in different schools and saw this as an opportunity to have a sense of belonging in the school in my local community. On a professional level it enables me to see the bigger picture of education and understand the how PE fits into the whole school ethos. On a personal level, I feel I am able to give something back to the school that played such a large part in our families lives for so many years.  
What I do in my spare time
My husband and I are members of Carlisle Aquatics swimming club and train twice a week. We travel across Scotland and the north of England entering Masters’ Galas. In the summer (emphasis on summer!) we go Open Water swimming every Friday evening in Derwent Water. We enter the Great North Swim every year. We are also members of Ullswater Yacht Club and sail regularly. In the winter we enjoy skiing. We recently became grandparents and enjoy spending time with the family
Unusual fact 
I once appeared in an article in Woman’s weekly about adult swimming. I’d have preferred a more glossy publication but it did have Johnny Depp on the cover!

Melanie Reay

About me

I felt from an early age that I was born to have a career in education and so far I have enjoyed every moment. I teach Art at Trinity School and have been subject leader of Art and Design now for 12 years. I began volunteering at Kingmoor a few years ago to help deliver Art CPD to staff and then I had the opportunity to deliver workshops to year 5 students. I believe children need to air their deepest thoughts and be able to express their imagination. I am dedicated to building children’s skills and confidence.
Why I became a Governor 
I have been a governor at Kingmoor Junior School for almost two years. My eldest daughter is currently attending Kingmoor Junior School and hopefully my youngest will also attend this school. The role of a governor appealed to me as I have always been dedicated to ensuring that all children gain a valuable and memorable education. I hope to be part of future decisions and discussions that will ensure this is the case for all the children that are lucky enough to cross the door of Kingmoor. I am proud to be part of such a professional and dedicated team of governors and staff. Students have always welcomed me and I have enjoyed seeing students move from Kingmoor Junior School to secondary school.
What I do in my spare time 
I don’t think it will surprise you to hear that I love art; in fact I am a printer at heart. I also love travelling, especially cruising with my family.
Unusual fact
I have thought long and hard about the unusual fact and I guess this would be it- Jag snakke Norsk. Jeg bode I Norge na jeg hvar ein barn og kan enda snakke Norsk. (Translation- I speak Norwegian- I used to live in Norway as a child and can still talk Norwegian.) The surprise is perhaps not that I can talk Norwegian but that I still remember it and that the teacher who taught me is still in contact with me to date. I would like to think that each child would remember far more than facts when they leave education; I know I have.


Sarah Glencross

About me 
I have recently become a parent governor, I work as a Senior Teaching Assistant in a Junior school in Carlisle and currently in the middle of a course to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I am married and have three children one of whom is at Kingmoor Junior School in Year 4 and two others one in Year 2 who will join juniors in September (and is very excited)  and one in Reception at Kingmoor Infant School.
Why I became a Governor 
I became a Governor as I felt I would like to help develop the future of Kingmoor Juniors. I feel that my background in education and as a passionate parent I have every chance of helping to make this happen. 

What I do in my spare time 
When I am not busy working, spending time with my family or being Taxi to my three children. I love to run, I am part of a running group called Runmum (joining 18mths ago after not running for 8 years) since joining I’ve ran 10k runs, The Great North Run and Cumbrian Run also getting to run with Ben the 401 marathon man was amazing. The great thing is I get to share my passion for running with my three children and my husband. 
Unusual fact
I ran the London Marathon in 2006 for charity – The most amazing once in a lifetime experience.

Justin Robinson

About me 
I am a parent governor and have lived in Carlisle for the majority of my life. I am employed with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service  and have been for over for 27 years where I am the head of Prevention and Protection in which I am responsible for the Service’s Community Safety, Fire Investigation and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order strands. I am married to Claire who works within the travel industry and we have two children a girl in the infants and boy in the juniors of Kingmoor Infants/Junior Schools. 
Why I became a Governor
My main reason for becoming a governor was I wanted to make a positive contribution to Kingmoor Junior School and make a positive difference to the life chances of the children. As a Governor it’s a great opportunity to work alongside a team of other dedicated Governors who are passionate about ensuring that decisions are made that are beneficial to all the children. It is also very fulfilling to be able to have a say in just about every aspect of how the school is run and provide challenge and support to the leadership team of the school with the ultimate aim of driving up standards and preparing the school for the challenges that lay ahead.
What I do in my spare time
Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit be it through walking, visits to the gym or getting out on my mountain bike and enjoying some fresh air. I enjoy spending time with the family and supporting my children in their interests. I also enjoy photography and I am keen to capture as many memories of the children in their pursuits as I can.  
Unusual fact
I am a keen fan of all music 80s and enjoy watching as many live 80s bands when I can.

Michael John in his capacity as Headteacher


Mal White (Teacher)


Bruce Beattie

About me 
I am a retired Chartered Engineer with experience in the process industries (including 11 years at the Cadbury factory in Bournville), distribution and latterly in the local authority here. Carlisle is my birthplace and having left it when I was 18 I was really pleased to be able to return in 1991. I retired in 2006.  My wife and I have three children and eight grandchildren whose ages range from 7 to 23 but who, unfortunately, do not live locally.
Why I became a Governor 
I joined the Governors in 2008 as a Local Authority Governor after seeing the vacancy advertised in the Residents' Association Newsletter. Over many years I have worked with children in a variety of extra-curricular activities and saw this as an opportunity to support and encourage teachers in a local school. I am concerned to see the pressures that many of today's youngsters have to handle and I am keen for the school to be able to provide safe and holistic approach to their education.
What I do in my spare time 
When time allows I tinker with electronic projects and wood turning. I grew up walking the Lake District fells and my wife and I still enjoy them although this increasingly seems to be from the lower walks. The local church, where we are both active members, runs an after school club at the school and I help with that activity.
One unusual fact.
I have visited every dwelling in Carlisle, including all its rural areas.

Kerry Tweddle