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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.

• 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.

• 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.



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.


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.

 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.


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 co-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 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 Lewis

 Governor mentor: Justin Robinson
 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 started work   at Saint & Co, a local accountancy firm, where I qualified as a Chartered   Accountant. The clients I work with include various companies, charities, and academies in the local area. 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 partner 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. 



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 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.


About me

My name is Sarah Glencross, I was previously a parent Governor and had a small break and came back to join the governing board. I’m a mum of four and have worked within education for last 15 years, I recently left education and worked in care where I have learned lots of things and how many things are similar.
Why I became a Governor

As a governor I want to get the best from the school for the children. To make their education the best it can be.

What do in my spare time

Away from the school business I love spending time with my family at the lake  with our kayak and paddle board and venturing out walking around our beautiful area. The Lake District is one of my favourite places. 


Hayley Stewart
 in her capacity as Headteacher


Heather Bell in her
capacity as Teaching Staff Representative