Chris Starr, Co-opted Governor, Chairperson

Both my daughters attended the school from age 5-11 and the confidence they gained in such a supportive environment has stayed with them into adulthood. I am keen that this remains central to the school’s ethos.

I am a Chartered Forester, having worked throughout the UK in a number of supervisory and management roles, Now semi-retired, I am still involved in a number of regional and national woodland management initiatives, and find time to enjoy cycling, walking and travel.

In my role as Chair, I sit on both the Resources and Finances and Teaching and Learning committees and meet regularly with the Head and fellow governors to support the strategic direction of the school.

 

James Cox,  Parent Governor, Vice Chair

My family have been involved with the school since 2009 when our oldest son  joined the Reception class. We now have two children attending and I continue to be impressed with both the standards of educational input and the pastoral care being offered.

In my role as CEO for a Cumbrian care and support organisation I believe I have a broad range of management skills, knowledge and experience which I hope benefits the School Governors and teaching team.

I have acted as Chair of Governors and am now the Vice Chair. I also now Chair the Resources and Finance Committee. I hope to continuing helping the school  grow and develop in the years to come.

 

Karl Laithwaite, Head Teacher Governor

I am proud to be the headteacher of Temple Sowerby Church of England Primary School, having been appointed to the role in September 2016.

I am married with three children and have been teaching for 17 years, predominantly in small, rural schools. As such, I have a great deal of experience in mixed age teaching and understand the demands and opportunities that such settings provide. I am particularly keen to promote the school’s caring, family ethos and to develop the role it plays within the community.

Currently, I sit on both the Resources and Finances and Teaching and Learning committees and work closely with the Chair of Governors.

 


Steve Backhouse, Co-opted Governor

My daughter attends the school, and it has been a delight to see her flourish in such friendly environment, supported by a dedicated staff team.

My work as the Operations Director for a tour operator means that I travel extensively throughout the UK and overseas, managing a team of staff, and around 800 volunteer leaders.

I use this commercial and marketing experience to support the school, by sitting on the Resources and Finances committee, and helping with the school’s website.

 

Elspeth Godwin, LEA Governor

I live in Temple Sowerby and continue to be impressed by the school’s supportive family atmosphere and confidence of the children.

I have worked in the Home Office in Liverpool and Croydon considering applications for British Citizenship, and running computer and pensions sections.  More recently I have worked with Cumbria County Council and NHS Cumbria on projects around Children Looked After, safeguarding and short breaks for disabled children.

As LEA governor I try and bring my skills and experience to bear in the Teaching and Learning Committee, and act as the lead Governor on Safeguarding.

 

 

Laura Crackanthorpe, Foundation Governor

I am a retired English language teacher having lived and worked in Italy and France for nearly 40 years. In 2012 I moved to Temple Sowerby, close to Newbiggin where my husband David was born.

I’m a keen gardener and reader, a volunteer with the ECSFA, and I’m currently studying for a Bachelors degree in Humanities with the Open University.

 

 

Annette Hall, Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor, having two daughters in the school.  I have been lucky in being able to live and work in the beautiful Eden Valley all my life.  I currently work part-time which gives me the opportunity to be a volunteer for girlguiding – running a Rainbows Unit locally.

I have a special interest in the pastoral care provided by the School, and it’s place within the community.  In my role on the Teaching and Learning Committee, I am fortunate in being able to experience first-hand the excellent teaching and care that the school provides for our children.

 


Rev Sarah Lunn, Foundation Governor

Katie Brannen, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor after moving back to the area with my family; our three boys now all attend the school. I grew up on a farm near Milburn and attended Milburn School, consequently I have first-hand experience of learning in a small rural school.

I worked for 10 years for the State Veterinary Service in technical and management roles.  I am now fulfilling my passion for farming by working on our pedigree cattle and sheep farm as well as attending to the administrative needs of  the farm  and our farm animal husbandry business.

I sit on the Resources and Finance committee and believe my experience enables me to contribute effectively to committee matters.

 

 

Joanne Winter, Teacher Governor

I am the school’s Early Years/KS1 teacher, as well as the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and P.E. Coordinator. I thoroughly enjoy my varied roles and am proud to work at such a friendly, caring school.

I started my career teaching in Manchester in 2001.  I love to travel and have been fortunate to teach in Australia, New Zealand and Tanzania. I have had lots of experience teaching Early Years/KS1 and am currently an Early Years Profile Moderator for the County.

As a teacher governor I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

 

Angela Harrison Clerk to the Governors

Available on 017683 61512

Click here for the current Governing Body Membership – Governing Body Membership

Click here for the Instrument of Government – Instrument of Government – 31.7.2015

Click here for the current Governing Body Terms of Office – GB Terms of Office Record 2016

Click here for the Governor Register of Business Interests – Declaration of Personal & Pecuniary Interests

Click here for the Governor Attendance Record – Full GB Attendance Record 2016-17

Click here for the Annual Governance Statement 2016/17 – Annual Governance Statement of Temple Sowerby Church of England Primary School Federation 2016