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Governors


We are very fortunate to have extremely hard working governors.
As we’re a church school, the majority of our governors are called ‘foundation governors’.
We also have parent governors, a staff governor, and a Local Authority governor.

The Governing Body has the following core functions;

  • To establish and support the strategic direction of the school
  • To ensure accountability, including supporting and challenging the Headteacher and monitoring targets
  • To ensure upkeep and safety of the school site
  • To ensure good management of the school’s finances

As Grasmere is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, the Foundation Governors particularly seek that the school serves its community by providing education which is in accordance with the principles and practices of the Church of England, including the promotion of Christian values and faith.


There are two committees which meet separately approx three times each a year. The Full Governing Body also meets together about five times a year.

Committee NameChairAbbreviation
Finance and EstateRod HutchinsonFE
Community, Admissions, Attendance and MarketingDISSOLVED (effective 11 September 2017)N/A
Curriculum, Admissions, Attendance, Pupil Progress and StaffingRichard AttenboroughCAAPPS
Grasmere School Board of Governors (Full Governors)Heidi Halliday, ViceChair – Richard AttenboroughFG

The Safeguarding Governor is Andrew Leech.
The Health and Safety Governor is Heidi Halliday.
The Whistleblowing Governor is John Rickman.

Governor TypeNameCommitteeTerm Of Office – Start DateTerm Of Office – End DateInterest Declared
FoundationRichard AttenboroughCAAPPS5/10/20155/10/2019None Declared
FoundationGavin ClaytonCAAPPS27/10/201527/10/2019Children in school.
Family member is a local joinery worker.
HeadteacherJohanna GoodeFE, CAAPPS1/6/2006OngoingChild in school
Married to School Business Manager
LA GovernorHeidi HallidayFE2/11/20152/11/2019Grasmere Weavers
Grasmere Post Office
Son in School
Foundation Ex-Officio POM*Gill HenwoodCAAPPS26/6/2015ongoingNone Declared
Parent GovernorJason HewittCAAPPS14/10/201614/10/2020Director of Vogue Leisure Ltd (hotel)
Director of Lake and Fell Trading Co Ltd (hotel)
Member of Ambleside Sports Committee
FoundationRod HutchinsonFE15/8/201714/8/2021None Declared
StaffCathy IngleCAAPPS29/9/201728/9/2021None Declared
FoundationAnn Jackman14/12/201713/12/2021Declaration Pending
Parent GovernorAndrew LeechCAAPPS2/11/20152/11/2019Trustee of Grasmere Village Hall
Family member is a school volunteer
Children in school
FoundationJohn RickmanFE21/5/201421/5/2018Treasurer of Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Treasurer for the Deanery.
FoundationVacancy

POM* is an abbreviation for Presiding Officiating Minister.

Former Governors
FoundationRobin AshcroftN/A5/10/2015Resigned July 2017N/A
FoundationMartin CampbellCAAM9/12/2014Departed, July 2016None Declared
Foundation Ex-OfficioPenny DriverRetired from Archdeaconary, Feb 2017None Declared
FoundationJonathan GreenN/A1/9/2015Resigned – October 2015Rydal Hall
FoundationJill HaltonCAAM19/9/2016Resigned September 2017None Declared
Parent GovernorIan PriddleFE1/10/2014Resigned – April 2016YHA
FoundationJames RichardsFE15/8/2017Resigned February 2018None Declared
Staff GovernorNicky SteelsCAAPPS1/9/2015Resigned September 2017Child in School
FoundationJames RichardsFE15/8/2017Resigned February 2018None Declared

Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with the parish council.
The Local Authority (LA) governor is appointed by South Lakeland Local Committee.
Parent governors are elected by parents of pupils at Grasmere school.

**Summary of the committees’ remits
Finance and Estate committeeTo oversee the school’s annual budget plan, financial management and long term strategic financial planning.
To provide support and guidance on all matters relating to the maintenance and development
of the school site including Health and Safety.
Curriculum, Attendance, Admissions, Pupil progress and Staffing committeeTo monitor Teaching and Learning with regard to the School Development Plan, oversee the curriculum in its widest
sense, monitor assessment and attainment and ensure the requirements are met for children with Special Needs.
To monitor attendance and support attendance improvement initiatives and oversee admissions.
Community, Admissions, AttendanceTo monitor attendance and support attendance improvement initiatives, promote positive partnerships between
and Marketing committeethe school and its community, oversee admissions and manage the school’s profile as appropriate.
This committee was disolved during the Spring term 2017 and its responsibilities delegated to other committees.
 Full GovernorsAttendedFE CommitteeAttendedCAAM CommitteeAttendedCAAPPS CommitteeAttended
Richard Attenborough19/09/16Yes10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16Yes
 27/02/17No08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17Yes
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17N/ACommittee Dissolved 17/2/17 19/06/17Yes
 10/07/17Yes11/10/17NA  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17N/A  15/11/17Yes
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18N/A  07/02/18Yes
 07/03/18No      
Robin Ashcroft19/09/16No10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17No08/05/17N/A  06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17No25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A *    04/10/17N/A
 * resigned 5 July 2017       
Gavin Clayton19/09/16Yes10/10/16Yes26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16No23/01/17Yes06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17Yes26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17Yes  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17No11/10/17N/A  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17N/A  15/11/17No
 29/11/17No02/05/18N/A  07/03/18No
 07/03/18Yes      
Penny Driver19/09/16No10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
(Ex-officio POM vacancy)28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A    04/10/17N/A
 *retired 6/2/2017       
Johanna Goode19/09/16Yes10/10/16Yes26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17Yes06/02/17 07/11/16Yes
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17Yes26/06/17 06/02/17Yes
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17Yes  19/06/17Yes
 10/07/17Yes11/10/17Yes  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17Yes  15/11/17Yes
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18Yes  07/02/18Yes
 07/03/18Yes      
Heidi Halliday19/09/16Yes10/10/16Yes26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17Yes06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17Yes26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17Yes  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17Yes11/10/17Yes  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17Yes  15/11/17N/A
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18Yes  07/02/18N/A
 07/03/18Yes      
Jill Halton19/09/16Yes10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16Yes
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17Yes
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17N/A  19/06/17Yes
 10/07/17No    04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17No      
 *resigned 15/9/2017       
Andrew Leech19/09/16Yes10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16Yes
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17N/A  19/06/17Yes
 10/07/17Yes11/10/17N/A  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17N/A  15/11/17Yes
 29/11/17No02/05/18N/A  07/02/18No
 07/03/18Yes      
John Rickman19/09/16Yes10/10/16Yes26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17No06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17No08/05/17Yes26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17Yes  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17Yes11/10/17Yes  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17Yes  15/11/17N/A
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18Yes  07/02/18N/A
 07/03/18No      
Nicky Steels19/09/16Yes10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16Yes
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17Yes
 22/05/17No25/05/17N/A  19/06/17Yes
 10/07/17No    04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17Yes      
 *resigned 29/9/2017       
Jason Hewitt19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16Yes23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17Yes08/05/17No26/06/17N/A06/02/17No
 22/05/17Yes25/05/17No  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17No11/10/17No  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17No06/12/17No  15/11/17N/A
 29/11/17No02/05/18No  07/02/18N/A
 07/03/18No      
Gill Henwood19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
(Ex-officio POM)28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 *from 26/6/201727/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17No11/10/17N/A  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17N/A  15/11/17No
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18N/A  07/02/18No
 07/03/18Yes      
James Richards19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A11/10/17Yes  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17Yes06/12/17Yes  15/11/17N/A
 29/11/17Yes    07/02/18N/A
 *resigned 5/2/2018       
Rod Hutchinson19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A11/10/17Yes  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17Yes*06/12/17Yes  15/11/17N/A
 * as an observer 02/05/18Yes  07/02/18N/A
 29/11/17       
 07/03/18Yes      
Cathy Ingle19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A11/10/17N/A  04/10/17Yes
 11/09/17N/A06/12/17N/A  15/11/17Yes
 29/11/17Yes02/05/18N/A  07/02/18Yes
 07/03/18Yes      
Ann Jackman19/09/16N/A10/10/16N/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A26/09/2016cxelledN/A
 28/11/16N/A23/01/17N/A06/02/17N/A07/11/16N/A
 27/02/17N/A08/05/17N/A26/06/17N/A06/02/17N/A
 22/05/17N/A25/05/17N/A  19/06/17N/A
 10/07/17N/A11/10/17N/A  04/10/17N/A
 11/09/17N/A06/12/17N/A  15/11/17N/A
 29/11/17N/A02/05/18No  07/02/18N/A
 07/03/18Yes      

NB CAAM committee annulled February 2017. Attendance and Admissions responsibilities moved to CPPS committee.

If you have any queries regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk to the Governors, Maria Crawford, at the school.