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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.

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!

Susan Kelly

About me 
I've lived in Carlisle my whole life and worked for The Cumberland Building Society when I left school until I my two children came along. I was very fortunate to be able to take a career break to share their early years. When they started school I started working part time and also volunteered on various occasions at both Kingmoor Infants and Junior Schools.

Why I became a Governor
As my youngest is about to leave Kingmoor Junior School I want every child to have the opportunities that my children have had and I believe that, by being a Governor I can help to achieve that.
What I do in my spare time
I didn't think I had many hobbies until I started to write about my spare time and now I'm not sure it can be classed as spare time, but the list ranges from cycling, yoga and walking to reading and music (I especially love live gigs) from exploring new places, or rediscovering old ones, to making jewellery, but the best way to spend any spare time is with my family.

Andrew Binnie

About me 
I was born in Carlisle and, apart from 4 years, I have lived here all my life, the last 25 years in Lowry Hill. I am married with 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, 2 of whom go to Kingmoor Junior School and one who goes to Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School. I retired in 2012 after 36 years' service with Metal Box ( now Crown Packaging ) as a Human Resources Manager. I was a Governor at North Cumbria Technology College from 1994  for 7 years, 4 years as Chair.

Why I became a Governor
I feel passionate about education, about giving everyone the best opportunities to succeed in life. I believe from my experience, from my own education and career, I can add something positive to the Governing Body, particularly in the areas of personnel policies, best HR practices and personal development and training.
What I do in my spare time
I enjoy playing golf, watching sport, particularly football - this includes watching Carlisle United. I take an interest in Politics and Current Affairs. I am presently studying Spanish at Kingmoor Business and Community College. This helps with my favourite pastime, taking holidays abroad, particularly in Spain.


Rachel Gleave

About me 
I was originally born in West Yorkshire, was a teenager in Bristol, went to university in Worcester but have lived in Carlisle for longer than I have lived anywhere else so I see Cumbria as home. I originally trained as a dispensing optician but after a career break to have 3 children I decided to do something completely different and now work for the Christian charity - NISCU (Northern Inter School Christian Union) visiting lots of school across North Cumbria supporting them with lessons, clubs and assemblies from a Christian view point.

Why I became a Governor
I became a Governor because I value the brilliant opportunities my children have had going through Kingmoor Junior School and although 2 have now moved onto Trinity School I am keen to ensure that others continue to have the opportunities my own have had. Visiting lots of different schools (for work) I feel it helps me have a greater understanding of how schools work.
What I do in my spare time
Being a family of 5 we don’t really have a great deal of spare time. I enjoy being involved in many of the children and family events at St Peters Church, leading the annual holiday club and some Sunday school sessions. If I do get a bit of spare time then I love to read a good book, listen to music or curl up on the sofa with the kids and watch a movie.

Anne Allison
About me 
I moved to Cumbria from my home town of Falkirk - in the central belt of Scotland - to take up a 1 year contract teaching French and Spanish at Silloth School. I enjoyed living in Carlisle so much that 16 years later I'm still here!
I'm a secondary school teacher and my daughter is a year 3 pupil at Kingmoor Junior School.

Why I became a Governor
I believe all children should have access to the very best possible educational experiences. When my daughter was born I decided I wanted to become more involved in supporting her school. As a secondary teacher I have a sound understanding of the social and academic skills children need to be successful as they move from junior to secondary school and I hope my knowledge will be helpful

What I do in my spare time
In my free time I enjoy crafting and baking. I'm particularly fond of walking with family and friends.

Justin Robinson ( Joint Vice Chair of Governors)

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.

Hayley Stewart in her capacity as Headteacher


Mal White in his capacity as Staff Representative


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.