Our Governors

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!

    Jane Helliwell

    Support Staff and Staff Governor

    Jane Helliwell - BA Hons and NVQ 3 Childcare Learning and Development. Trainee Teacher and Staff Governor

    After five years working as a teaching assistant at Castle Carrock School,  Jane is currently doing a Straight to Teaching QTS course, at school, in conjunction with the TES Institute. Unlike traditional teacher training routes, the S2T course means Jane can be trained on the job. She is being mentored by Kathryn Grayson and supported by Miss Stacey. Training programmes are bespoke and can take up to five terms to gain the QTS certificate..

     

      Jason Munn

      Community Governor

       

      Jason has, until recently, worked at Castle Carrock School as a Teaching Assistant. He has now begun a three year degree course with the University Of Cumbria.
      Having knowledge of the whole ethos of the school he continues to play a part of the team as a school 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.

          Ruth Drew

          Governor

          Ruth first became a Governor in 2002, her passion was to ensure every child was given the opportunity to attain and achieve to their full potential in a happy and safe environment. Her length of office as a Governor was seventeen years, fourteen of which as Chair of Governors including Chair of Finance, Resources Committee, special responsibility for Parent complaints also Health and Safety.

          Ruth relocated to Castle Carrock in 2018 and soon found the village to be friendly, community driven and always lots going on.

          She wanted to contribute to the community and decided to apply to become a Governor at Castle Carrock Primary School as she felt her knowledge and experience would be put to good use. Ruth is really happy to have been elected to the Governing Board and looks forward to working with the team.

           

           

            Claire Thomson

            Parent Governor

            Claire joined the governing body in June 2017 and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  She is a teacher in a small village school near Carlisle so she understands the challenges that small rural communities face.  She lives in Castle Carrock and has two children who attend the school.

              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

                Governor

                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.

                    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