Governor’s Information

We are representatives from the community, parents, members of the teaching team and the Headteacher and we meet every half term.

The Governing Body take an active interest in the life of the school and individual Governors take responsibility for specific areas of the School Improvement Plan. The three committees “Curriculum & Behaviour” and “Finance, Staffing & Pay” and ‘Premises, Health & Safety”, meet regularly, on behalf of the Governing Body, to look at key areas of the Plan in further detail.

The Role of the Governing Body

School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in all schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is the governors who hold the main responsibility for financial management of the school’s budget and they work with the Headteacher to make decisions about the provision of resources within the constraints of the finances available.

Each individual Governor is a member of the Governing Body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual Governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the Governing Body.

The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • 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 the achievement of its aims and objectives;
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

The Governors aim to conduct themselves and work with the school in accordance with the National Governors’ Association code of conduct. Please click here for further information.

What do the Governing Body do?

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets every half term and is fully minuted by a dedicated Clerk to the Governors. Minutes can be requested through the school office. The agenda for a Full Governing Body meeting will include review of the school development plan, a Headteacher's report - with particular regard to pupil progress, an update on other priority areas and reports from the chairs of our committees.

The agenda for a Full Governing Body meeting includes the following:

  • A review of the School Improvement Plan;
  • A Headteacher's Report - with particular regard to pupil progress;
  • An update on other priority areas;
  • Reports from the Chairperson of each committee.

At Castle Park we have three committees which have authority to agree and monitor policies and key actions on behalf of the Full Governing Body. The committees meet at least once a term. Currently our committees are:

  • Curriculum & Behaviour - This committee is focused on the attainment and progress of all the children in the school, the curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning. This sub-committee is responsible for setting and evaluating the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural expectations of the school. Safeguarding and behaviour of pupils across the school are also reviewed at these meetings.
  • Finance, Staffing & Pay - This committee sets and monitors the school’s budget with the School Business Manager, School Bursar and Headteacher. The budget must be approved by the Full Governing Body each year. The use of the Pupil Premium Grant is closely monitored and this committee also reviews all staffing and pay matters.
  • Premises, Health & Safety - This committee is responsible for the fabric of the school and all Health and Safety issues. The School Business Manager attends these meetings along with school’s Site Manager. Regular safety inspections and fire drills are performed and monitored by this committee.

All our Governors visit the school to monitor a specific key strategic priority or area of development being undertaken by the school. Alternatively, a Governor may monitor an aspect of the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our pupils. These visits are structured and conducted in partnership with the Headteacher and the staff.

Who's who on the Governing Body

Welcome to the Governor's who's who section of our website. Here, you will find information regarding our Governors, their appointment and committee membership. Also contained in this information is the Register of Interests.

The agenda for a Full Governing Body meeting includes the following:

  • A review of the School Improvement Plan;
  • A Headteacher's Report - with particular regard to pupil progress;
  • An update on other priority areas;
  • Reports from the Chairperson of each committee.

Full Governing Body

Full Governing BodyDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeDate of ResignationAppointmentRelevant Business or
Pecuniary Interests
Mr Austen Robinson1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorNone declared
Mrs Josie Bousfield1st April 20164 yearsParent GovernorKirkbie Kendal Employee
Mrs Natalie GrahamHope
(Chair of FSP)
1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorNone declared
Mrs Joanne Taylor1st April 20164 yearsJuly 2016Co-opted GovernorCCC Employee
Mr Rob Fenton1st April 20164 yearsParent GovernorNone declared
Mr Mark Deverill (Chair
of Trustees & Premises)
1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorArchitect
Mrs Wendy Gibson
(Chair of Governors)
1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorNone declared
Mrs Rebecca Brook1st April 20164 yearsJuly 2016Parent GovernorNone declared
Mrs Sarah Felstead
(Chair of C & B)
1st April 20164 yearsParent GovernorNone declared
Mr Alan Robinson1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorNone declared
Mrs Shirley Evans1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorCumbria County
Councillor
Mrs Helen Richardson 1st April 2016Headteacher-ex officioHeadteacher
Mr Neil Stoker1st April 20164 yearsStaff GovernorDeputy Headteacher
Miss Leanne Shaw1st April 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorClass teacher
Mr Jonny GiosJuly 20154 yearsJan 2016Co-opted GovernorNone declared
Mrs Helen SmithJuly 20164 yearsCo-opted GovernorNone declared
Mr Colin FisherJuly 20164 yearsParent GovernorNone declared
Mrs Fiona BarrettApril 2009Clerk to Governors

Curriculum & Behaviour Committee

 Attendance for 2014-15Attendance for 2015-16Attendance for 2016-17
Mrs Josie Bousfield5/64/63/3
Mrs Natalie Graham-Hope4/66/6-
Mrs Wendy Gibson5/65/63/3
Mrs Rebecca Brook3/66/6-
Mrs Sarah Felstead5/65/62/3
Mrs Shirley Evans4/66/61/3
Mrs Helen Richardson5/66/63/3
Mr Neil Stoker5/65/63/3
Miss Leanne Shaw6/65/63/3
Mr Jonny Gios3/61/6-
Mr Colin Fisher--2/3

Finance, Staffing & Pay Committee

 Attendance for 2014-15Attendance for 2015-16Attendance for 2016-17
Mrs Helen Richardson8/86/63/3
Mr Neil Stoker8/86/63/3
Mr Austen Robinson8/85/61/3
Mr Alan Robinson6/84/63/3
Mrs Natalie Graham-Hope6/86/63/3
Mrs Joanne Taylor7/86/63/3
Mrs Helen Smith--3/3

Premises, Health & Safety Committee

 Attendance for 2014-15Attendance for 2015-16Attendance for 2016-17
Mrs Helen Richardson3/35/53/3
Mr Mark Deverill3/35/53/3
Mr Rob Fenton2/35/53/3
Mrs Shirley Evans3/34/62/3
Mrs Natalie Graham-Hope--2/3

Register of Interests

Full Governing BodyBusiness/Pecuniary
Interests
Other governor RulesRelationship between
governors/staff
Mr Austen RobinsonNoneNoneNone
Mrs Josie BousfieldNoneNoneNone
Mrs Natalie Graham-HopeNoneNoneNone
Mrs Joanne Taylor (res)NoneNoneNone
Mr Rob FentonNoneNoneNone
Mr Mark DeverillArchitectNoneNone
Mrs Wendy GibsonNoneNoneNone
Mrs Rebecca Brook (res)NoneNoneNone
Mrs Sarah FelsteadHusband CatererWindermere
Lakes Cruises
NoneNone
Mr Alan RobinsonNoneNoneNone
Mrs Shirley EvansB & B Owner, Wainwright
House, Kendal
NoneNone
Mr Jonny Gios (resigned)NoneNoneNone
Mr Colin FisherNoneNoneNone
Mrs Helen SmithNoneNoneNone
Mrs Helen RichardsonNoneNoneHeadteacher
Mr Neil StokerNoneNoneColleagues
Mrs Leanne ShawNoneNoneColleagues