Welcome to our Governor's page. 

You can view and download information about our Governing Body here. This includes the role of the Governors, the current serving governors and an introduction to each of them. 

If you have any further questions about our Governor's, please contact us.


The Role of the Governing Board

The role of the governing board is essential to the effectiveness of a school.  Time and time again the Office for standards in education (Ofsted) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, which includes that of the governing board. 
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.  The role of the governing board supports the headteacher and staff by positively promoting the work of the school, celebrating its achievements and working to ensure the best outcomes for pupils.

In the Governance Handbook   ( it states that all boards,   no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Each individual governor and any associate member(s) form the governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body.  This means that individual governors and associate members do not act independently of the rest of the governing board.  All decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  As long as LA maintained school governors and associate members act within the law, governors are protected 
Our school Governing Body has 3 committees: Curriculum, Community and Welfare; Staffing & Finance; Premises, Health & Safety. 

Curriculum, Community and Welfare Committee – overall purpose is to:

  • Monitor the standards pupils achieve, making sure they make at least expected progress and that the school is at least in line Nationally.

  • Monitor the school's success in promoting inclusion

  • Ensure that the school development plan is focused on appropriate priorities for raising standards at the school

  • Ensure that policies are reviewed on a regular basis to promote improved standards

  • Advise the Governing Body of the school's curriculum policies and oversee the National Curriculum statutory obligations are met.

  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluating parts of the self-evaluation summary, the school development plan and policies relating to resources issues, reporting or making recommendations to the full Governing Body

  • Encourage and develop links with the local community and further afield 

Staffing & Finance Committee – overall purpose is to:

  • Formally prepare and recommend the annual school budget for FGB approval at the start of each financial year.

  • Monitor purchasing and authorise purchases above a set amount.

  • Monitor income and expenditure at regular intervals.

  • Act as personnel and authorise staff pay rises in-line with the school's pay policy.

  • Audit accounts and act on the school’s audit action plan.

  • Agree the staffing structure with the Head Teacher

Headteacher Performance Management Group – overall purpose is to:

Carry out the Governing Body's statutory responsibilities for the Performance Management of the Headteacher.

Premises, Health & Safety Committee – overall purpose is to:

  • Adopt the H&S policy appropriate to the needs of the whole school.

  • Provide support and guidance for the Head Teacher and Caretaker on all matters relating to the school premises and grounds, security and H&S.

  • Inspect the premises and grounds with the Headteacher and Caretaker regularly and prepare a statement for the committee.

  • Ensure the school complies with H&S regulations, seeking external advice if necessary.

  • Complete the Accessibility plan for the school in consultation with the Head Teacher.

Other working groups may be set up when needed to address or discuss particular issues or research a particular area and report back to the full governing body.

Current Governing Body


View our current Governing Body here:


Governing Body Introductions

Mark Porter

Parent governor – elected by parents

I am a member of a local family and have lived all my life on the Cartmel peninsula. I work for a local business in Grange. All my children will attend Allithwaite school in turn and I look forward to supporting the school in any way I can.  Special Responsibilities: Member Staffing & Finance committee

Carol Lamb

Foundation governor - appointed by Diocese

I grew up in Cockermouth but working for the health service involved many moves across the country until we settled in Allithwaite in 1994. I took early retirement in 2012, which has given me the chance to become more active in the local community. Special responsibilities: Member Curriculum, Standards & Community committee. SEND and Gifted & Talented governor.

Heather Wilson

Co-opted governor – appointed by governing board

I was born locally & moved to Kents Bank then Allithwaite in the late 80’ s. I work at UK Slate Ltd in Flookburgh as an Office Administrator & have been on Allithwaite Playing Fields Committee for a number of years. My interests include walking, reading & socialising. In my younger years I played hockey for Allithwaite Ladies. I trust I will bring a stronger link with our Community & local school which I believe is so important for the nucleus of a village. Special responsibilities: Chair Curriculum, Standards and Community committee. Link Governor.

Paul Bartlett

Parent governor – elected by parents

I have recently been elected Parent Governor. I moved to the area as a child and attended Cartmel School and then Ulverston 6th form. I served an Engineering Apprenticeship at NC Lasers at Cark, where I worked for 6 years and where I first met and worked with Heather Wilson. Since then I have worked predominantly overseas in the Oil and Gas business. I have always rotated back to the area and kept a base in the area. I have been associated with a number of the sports teams in the area, from where I know Steve Chambers, who shares and equal passion for sports. My older children went to Allithwaite School and now I have another attending the school, which is fantastic. I am acquainted with a number of the staff, including Rachel Humphries and know a number of the parents, so I thought it would be nice to see where I can help the team and give a bit back. I am currently going to help on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.

Diane Fenton

Co-opted governor – appointed by governing board

I was born in the village and attended the school in the early 1950’s. I enjoyed a career in education of over 40 years as a teacher, Headteacher and School Improvement Officer for Cumbria County Council. I am currently a co-opted governor at Allithwaite and also sit as an Independent member of Cumbria’s Adoption and Fostering Panels. In my leisure time I play golf, garden, enjoy country sports, train and work my gundogs and read when time allows. It is a great pleasure to be involved with the school and to see it grow and develop for the benefit of the pupils and the community. Special Responsibilities: Member Curriculum, Standards & Community committee. Children Looked After governor. Assessment governor.

John Whitehead

Co-opted governor – appointed by governing board

I feel proud and privileged to have been elected a School Governor.  I have lived in the School’s catchment area for over ten years and I have followed its development for most of that period.  My maternal ancestors have lived nearby for centuries so that I feel a strong affinity with the area.  Although now retired, I hope that my experience in the management of organisations both large and small will enable me to make a positive contribution to the School.  My focus will be in the areas of finance and staffing and I look forward to working with my fellow governors to secure the continued successful development of our school and its delightful pupils and staff.  Special Responsibilities: Chair of Governors. Chair of Staffing & Finance committee. Finance governor. Data Protection Officer. E-Safety governor

Rev. Rachel Stavert

Ex-officio Foundation governor

Hi, I’m very excited to be the new vicar of Allithwaite and Flookburgh and really look forward to working with the school in whatever ways possible. In school I’m usually known as ‘Rev Rach’. I grew up in Kendal and before I became a vicar I worked for Barclays Bank and for St. Thomas’ Church in Kendal. Over the last few years I have been working as a curate (trainee vicar) in Penrith. I really enjoy walking, cycling and going on holiday in my campervan called Doris. I am a vegetarian and especially like curry. 
Special responsibilities: Member of Staffing & Finance committee.

Rachel Humphries

Staff governor – elected by staff

I have been a teacher at Allithwaite School since 1996 and have recently become the Assistant Headteacher.  Our school community is a supportive and caring environment where children grow, flourish and develop friendships.   At Allithwaite School, we work closely as a team to give the children the best opportunity to develop their talents and provide exciting learning opportunities.  I have a passion for outdoor learning and engage the children in first hand experiences to learn about the world around them.     When I am not at school,  I love being in the outdoors and regularly enjoy mountain biking, road biking and walking with my family and friends.  I am the Education Visits Co-ordinator and have enjoyed many trips to Edinburgh, Tower Wood and Leighton Moss.  In my role as Teacher Governor I am on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee.

Gillian Elliott

Head teacher; ex-officio Staff governor

I have been at Allithwaite since 2013, it stood out clearly from the first moment that I came to Allithwaite, that this is a school with an extraordinary community, who wish the utmost success for their children and who have a caring and supportive ethos at their core. Allithwaite Church of England Primary School is undoubtedly a welcoming and nurturing school with amazing children and dedicated staff. I feel privileged to be leading our school. Having taught in all year groups within my many years of teaching and being a parent myself, I fully appreciate how important each year of a child’s school life is towards preparing them for life. I am passionate about teaching and have high expectations of all abilities of children and I will strive to ensure that our school supports children to be whole rounded individuals. I strongly believe that school is the opportunity for children to discover and unlock hidden talents in a fun and nurturing environment. Every child has the ability to do amazing things if a school provides the right opportunities. I am committed to Allithwaite school and to working alongside parents, Church, staff and Governing Body. Special responsibilities: Head teacher and member of all three committees.

Sue Wymer

Foundation governor – appointed by Diocese

I worked in education for most of my career as class teacher, head teacher and latterly as SENCO, devising work programmes for children and dealing with all the medical and other issues surrounding children with Special Educational Needs but retired early to care for a close friend with advanced dementia.
Released now from caring duties I enjoy reading, swimming and walking my dogs. I volunteer in school and am also involved with Singing for the Memory and Community Teapot Stop. As a member of St. Mary’s church I am involved in a variety of areas and hope that by linking my faith and my concern for our children’s education I will be able to help continue the excellent work of the school. Special responsibilities: Member of Premises, Health & Safety committee.

Steve Chambers

LA governor – appointed by LA

I am a director of the Plumgarths food business in Kendal and have lived in Allithwaite for the past 30 years. My two daughters both attended Allithwaite Primary School and for six years I served as a Governor of Cartmel Priory School Academy Trust, four of them as Chair. 
Leisure time includes chairing the local football club in Cartmel and I am connected with several other local organisations.
I passionately believe that all children are entitled to the best start in life via an excellent education delivered locally and am delighted to be part of the team ethos that exists at Allithwaite.
Special responsibilities: Vice-chair of Governors; member of Staffing and Finance committee