Meet our Board of Governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and play an important part in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of the school. Ofsted consistently note that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including the governing body.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher (if applicable). As an academy trust the governors and the trustees hold responsibility for the finance in schools. The governors work with the headteacher to make tough decisions about balancing resources. As a strategic body its key functions are:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Occasionally we hold elections for Parent representatives for the Governing Body – and there will be more information here when that is happening.

Each individual governor is a member of the governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body.

They are expected to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on their governing responsibilities. There may be periods when the time commitment may increase, for example when recruiting a headteacher or Ofsted inspections.

Governors are expected to make every effort to attend full governing meetings, have involvement in a sub-committee group and respond to email communication with the group.

Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

Governor Attendance 2017-2018

Rebecca Stacey

Head Teacher

Rebecca Stacey has been Head Teacher here at Castle Carrock since September 2014. Passionate about education, Rebecca firmly believes that all children can succeed and all children should be given the opportunity to do so! She trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education in London. She considers herself to have the best job in the world!

    Jason Munn

    Support Staff




      Mike Zeller

      Mike has worked in broadcasting for over 25 years, in places ranging from Hull to Guernsey, and is delighted that he can now ply his trade on the station that he grew up listening to...BBC Radio Cumbria.

      Away from work, he is a season ticket holder at Carlisle United, and a fan of live music and comedy.

      Mike is a community governor; he was delighted to be asked to be a governor, and jumped at the chance as he really want to play a part in the continued success of the village’s school.

        Val Bassindale


        Val is a retired Chief Inspector from Merseyside Police and, after several years of commuting up and down the M6, she eventually relocated to Castle Carrock 2 years ago. Val welcomed the opportunity to become a Governor and put something back into the community, as she feels Castle Carrock is a very warm and welcoming village with a strong sense of community.

        Val believes the skills she has developed during her police career will help her fulfill the role as a governor and member of the Teaching, Learning & Achievement Committee.

        Val also volunteers as a Listening Samaritan, and enjoys cycling and walking in the local area.

          Mrs Trish Brown

          Co-opted Governor (Teaching and Learning Chair)

          Trish is a retired teacher and OFSTED inspector, so her knowledge and experience are highly sought after and well used in the Governors.  Trish chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee as well as being a member of the Appeals Committee.  She has been a Governor for 3 years.

            Ms Maria Wright

            Appointed Governor

              Ms Kate Stark

              Vice-chair, Premises & Ethos Committee Chair

              Kate Stark joined the governing body in September 2013. She has two children at the school and lives in Castle Carrock. Kate works for Cumbria County Council in their communications team and her expertise in marketing and communications makes Kate a valuable addition to the Governing body. She is chair of the Premises and Ethos Committee.

                Mr Mark Hetherington

                Chair of Governors (Finance Committee)

                Mark lives in Croglin and currently has one daughter at the school – his older two (Charlotte and James) have since moved on to William Howard.  His partner Candy also helps part time in the school office.

                Mark is a partner at an accountancy firm in Newcastle, providing specialist VAT advice to a wide range of clients, and is also responsible for overseeing the firm’s finance function.  In his spare time he also travels to the North East, albeit this time to cheer on his beloved Sunderland AFC.

                Stefan Sabuda

                Parent Governor

                Stefan joined the governing body in 2015 and serves as a parent governor. He has a daughter, Lydia, at the school and lives in Greenhead. Stefan works for Cumbria County Council where he is an ICT Manager.

                By being a parent governor, Stefan will strive to make a positive contribution to the school and help it go from strength to strength.

                Stefan is the vice-chair of governors and a member of the Finance Committee.

                  Angela Miller

                  Parent Governor

                    Christian Judd

                    Co-opted Governor

                    Christian joined the governing body in June of 2017 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He is a director of an architectural practice in Carlisle, he enjoys most sports and is a keen amateur musician. He can often be seen, but mostly heard, playing at local venues in his rock covers band “Mid-Life Crisis”. He lives just outside Cumrew and has three children who all currently attend the school.