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.
Following a re-structure in July 2018, the Governing Body now operates without sub-committees and meets together about nine times a year.
The Chair of Governors is Richard Attenborough and the Vice Chair is Rod Hutchinson.
The Safeguarding Governor is Andrew Leech.
The Health and Safety Governor is Andrew Leech.
The Whistleblowing Governor is Peter Yates
|Governor Type||Name||Start Date||End Date||Interest Declared|
|Foundation||Rod Hutchinson (RH)||15/08/2017||15/08/2021||None declared.|
|Foundation||Peter Yates (PY)||03/05/2018||03/05/2022||Trustee of Rydal Hall. Director of University of Cumbria.|
|Staff Governor||Adam Foster (AF)||04/09/2018||04/09/2022||Spouse employee of Wordsworth Trust|
|Foundation||Maggie Patchett (MP)||01/03/2019||01/03/2023||None declared.|
|Foundation||Jane Robinson (JR)||01/09/2019||01/09/2023||Employee of University of Cumbria.|
|Foundation||Richard Attenborough (RA)||05/10/2019||05/10/2023||Rotary Club|
|LA Governor||Andrew Leech (AL)||01/01/2020||01/01/2024||Child in school. Partner regular volunteer in school.|
|Parent Governor||Carly Harding||01/01/2020||01/01/2024||Appointment Pending DBS Clearance|
|Parent Governor||Dominic Kelly||01/01/2020||01/01/2024||Appointment Pending DBS Clearance|
|Headteacher Ex-Officio||Johanna Goode (JG)||01/06/2006||Ongoing||Spouse is school business manager. Trustee of Wordsworth Trust.|
|Foundation Ex-Officio POM*||David Wilmot (DW)||01/09/2019||Ongoing||None declared.|
|POM* is an abbreviation for Presiding Officiating Minister.|
|Foundation||Jonathan Green (JG)||01/09/2015||01/10/2015||Rydal Hall|
|Parent Governor||Ian Priddle (IP)||01/10/2014||01/04/2016||Employee of YHA|
|Foundation||Martin Campbell (MC)||09/12/2014||01/07/2016||None Declared|
|Foundation Ex-Officio||Penny Driver (PD)||01/02/2016||01/02/2017||None Declared|
|Foundation||Robin Ashcroft (RAH)||05/10/2015||01/07/2017||None Declared|
|Foundation||Jill Halton (JH)||19/09/2016||01/09/2017||None Declared|
|Staff Governor||Nicky Steels (NS)||01/09/2015||01/09/2017||Child in School|
|Foundation||James Richards (JR)||15/08/2017||01/02/2018||None Declared|
|Foundation||John Rickman (JRK)||21/05/2014||01/05/2018||Treasurer of PCC and Treasurer for the Deanery|
|Staff Governor||Cathy Ingle (CI)||29/09/2017||01/07/2018||None Declared|
|Foundation||Ann Jackman (AJ)||14/12/2017||01/07/2018||None Declared|
|Foundation||Gavin Clayton (GC)||27/10/2015||03/12/2018||Child in School|
|Foundation Ex-Officio POM*||Gill Henwood (GH)||26/06/2017||01/01/2019||Husband LDNPA chair|
|LA Governor||Heidi Halliday (HH)||02/11/2015||01/05/2019||None Declared|
|Parent Governor||Jason Hewitt (JH)||14/10/2016||31/08/2019||Child in School|
|Foundation||Carolina Bourgeat (CB)||30/08/2018||30/09/2019||Employee of Rydal Hall|
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.
|Date of Meeting||In Attendance||Notes|
|Oct-18||RA, CB, AF, JG, HH, RH, AL, PY.|
|Nov-18||RH, RA, JG, HH, AL, PY, CB.|
|Dec-18||RA, CB, JG, HH, GH, RH, AL, PY.|
|Feb-19||RA, CB, JG, RH, AL, PY, MP, AF.|
|Mar-19||RA, CB, JG, RH, AL, PY, MP.|
|May-19||RA, PY, AL, AF, JG.|
|Jun-19||RA, PY, AL, MP, RH, AF, JG.|
|Sep-19||RA, JG, DW, PY, AL, AF.|
|Oct-19||RA, JG, RH, AL, DW.|
|Nov-19||JG, AF, RA, RH, PY, MP, DW, JR.||Apologies AL|
|Jan-20||JG, JR, PY, RA, AL, AF, DW, MP, DK.||Apologies RH, CH. DK attended as observor|
If you have any queries regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk to the Governors, Caro Bourgeat, at the school.