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THE GOVERNING BOARD

The members of the Governing Board 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 Board are properly recorded and maintained.

WHAT DO GOVERNORS DO?  
• 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 Board 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 Board 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.

WHAT IS THE GOVERNING BOARD'S ROLE?
• 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.

STATUTORY INFORMATION


CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Justin Robinson

About me 
I am a Local Authority 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 30 years where I am responsible for the delivery of our Fire Protection legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order strands. I am married to Claire who works within the travel industry and we have two children. A daughter who attends Kingmoor Junior School and a son a pupil at Trinity Secondary School.
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.

 

 

 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.

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

Steve Ramshay

About me 

I've lived in Carlisle my whole life and I am a former pupil at Kingmoor Infant & Junior Schools. I continued my education in Carlisle attending Trinity School before achieving a degree in journalism at the University of Cumbria. 
Since then, I have worked at Cumbria Constabulary within the force's marketing and communications team. 
I live locally, I am soon to be married and I have three children

Why I became a Governor

With my youngest child nearing school age, I felt it was time to do something proactive and positive within our local community.
Being a former pupil, I have a genuine interest and connection with Kingmoor. I aim to support the board of governors and the school in continuing to provide the best possible environment for pupils to learn and grow. 

What I do in my spare time 

Outside of work, I like to keep fit and enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

I am an avid football fan and I am a supporter of Newcastle United. Over the past year I have taken up golf, in which I am currently trying (and failing) to improve my game. 

Romana Cecchini
About me
 

I am a retired teacher who lives locally. I started my teaching career at Kingmoor Juniors. Since then, I have worked abroad and in several schools within the county holding senior posts with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Languages. My family was originally from Italy, and I return there regularly to see family and friends.

Why I became a Governor

After retiring, I was looking for an opportunity to make use of my skills and give something back to education. When Mrs Stewart, the headteacher, suggested that I might like being a governor, I was happy to apply. 

What I do in my spare time 

I enjoy spending time with my family and I particularly enjoy days out with them in the Lakes or surrounding areas. I am involved in volunteer work as an organiser of Cafe Lingo (a language club for fluent speakers based at Tullie House) and the Cumbrian Italian Club. I also teach Italian to adults and spend time as a part-time administrator for the local church. I enjoy travel, gardening, reading, cooking and meeting people from different walks of life.

Susan Kelly

About me 
I've lived in Carlisle my whole life and worked for The Cumberland Building Society when I left school until 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.

 Roz Ferguson

 About me 

 I have always lived in Carlisle apart from the three years I spent at the   University of Warwick studying maths. After finishing university, I   completed my accountancy training at a local firm, before moving to work in finance for the NHS. I was previously on the board of Carlisle Carers as their treasurer and volunteered with their Young Carers’ group. I live in Lowry Hill with my husband Lee and our cocker spaniel Luna.  

Why I became a Governor  

I had been considering looking for another volunteering opportunity after my role on the board of Carlisle Carers came to an end when I saw the advert for a Governor in the Lowry Hill newsletter, and it just seemed like perfect timing!  

What I do in my spare time  

I enjoy fell walking and love getting out in the Lakes with family and friends. I also enjoy doing yoga, playing the piano, and reading.

PARENT GOVERNORS

Jennifer Hamilton

About me

I grew up in Carlisle, but lived in a few different areas before we moved back again with the plan for our children to attend Kingmoor schools. Our daughter is now in Kingmoor Juniors, while our son has just started Kingmoor Nursery & Infant school.

I qualified as a Podiatrist in 2007 from Sunderland University with a first class honours degree. During my studies I had a gap year travelling Australia with my now husband. After graduating we lived in Gilsland while I worked as a Podiatrist for Newcastle PCT before starting my private Podiatry business, Family Foot Clinic Ltd, situated in Carlisle city centre in 2008. I now have a great team to help care for our lovely patient’s podiatry needs.

Why I became a Governor

Children spend a lot of their childhood in school, I wanted to be involved in what would be happening there to support them into growing up into the best person they can be. I hope to add further medical knowledge and business skills to the team of Governors, as well as the passion from a loving parent of a current and a prospective student.

What I do in my spare time

I enjoy spending time with my family; especially baking, exploring, playing Lego, and anything Disney. I also love to read and be able to switch off to a good story.

Leanne Slater

About me

I have lived locally for 12 years living in Lowry Hill for five of those with my husband, three boys and our family dog. I currently work for North Cumbria Integrated Care in Wheelchair Services and have done for 14 years. This involves assessing patients for wheelchairs ensuring they are provided  with the most suitable equipment for their specific need. Prior to this I gained my degree in Sports  Therapy and Rehab living and working in London. On my return to Cumbria I decided to gain my Post Graduate Certificate in Education leading me to teach in a number of primary schools in Carlisle.
Why I became a Governor

This is something I have been interested in for a while. My children have flourished at Kingmoor Junior School and as I feel passionate about education I wanted to be involved with the school to help all children get the best opportunities to allow them to succeed.

What I do in my spare time

I love spending time with my family particularly watching the boys in their sporting activities. I enjoy meeting up with friends and also walking our dog Bertie around our local area, a favourite being Kingmoor woods.

Jenny Finnegan

About me

I grew up in Carlisle and have lived locally for the last 10 years after a few years away in other places before coming back to start a family. I have 3 children in the Kingmoor Schools and we live nearby with my husband.  My day job is a Finance Manager at the local university

Why I became a Governor

I think Kingmoor Junior School is a great place for children to develop and I wanted to give something back to the school and felt I had something to offer. I wanted to make a positive contribution to the school and be involved to help ensure all children get the best opportunities to achieve their full potential. 

What I do in my spare time

I enjoy spending time with my family, usually somewhere outside.  I also enjoy gardening and reading as well as catching up with friends.

 

STAFF GOVERNORS

Hayley Stewart
in her capacity as Headteacher

 

Heather Bell 

in her capacity as

Teaching Staff Representative