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!
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 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.
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.
Alison joined the governing body in September 2019, and serves as a parent governor on the Teaching, Learning and Acheivement committee.
She has a daughter Eve and son Jack, who both attend the school, Alison herself attended the school as a child. Alison has worked at James Rennie School for 17 years as a teaching assistant who specialises in special educational needs.
By being a governor Alison hopes to help play a part in supporting the school community in moving forward to carry on providing a safe, happy and inspiring environment to flourish and reach their full learning potential.
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 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.
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.
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 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.