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.

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Andy Young

Parent Governor

Andy became a School Governor in Sept 2019 as a member of the Finance Committee. Andy has worked in accounting and finance since qualifying from University and is currently the Financial Controller at the Borders Distillery in Hawick.

Relocating to Cumbria in 2012, Andy moved to Castle Carrock in 2013. He has 3 young boys, 2 of which attend the school.

Andy wants to be able to support the school through his knowledge and experience of business and finance.

    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.


      Ruth Drew

      Chair of the Governing Board

      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.



        Jane Helliwell

        Class 2 Teacher 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 has just completed her Straight to Teaching QTS course, at school, in conjunction with the TES Institute. She is now starting her second year here at Castle Carrock School in Class 2.


          Alison Goodchild

          Parent Governor

          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.

            Kirstie Smith

            Vice-Chair of the Deputy Board

            Kirstie joined govenors as a parent govenor in Sept 2019. She moved to Castle Carrock village 4 years ago with her husband and daughter Heather who attends the school. She has worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS for 19 years, including working with children in the past, and most recently with adults with learning disabilities. Kirstie strongly feels all children should have fair and equal access to education and hopes to support the school to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. School should be fun and set up a love of learning for life.