Local Governing Body
Ambleside Church of England Primary School has 12 members of the Local Governing Body bringing a range of experience to help our School achieve its vision. Although we are volunteers, we are professional, committed and passionate about what we do.
Role of the Local Governing Body:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Mr Nigel Kingdon
Chair (Community Governor)
Having moved to Ambleside with my wife and elderly mother, I volunteered to be a Governor at our local primary school.
I was delighted to be able to join the governing body as the Local Authority Governor in September 2012. I spent my entire working life as a primary school teacher, and loved it, working in five very different schools in Oldham and Sheffield. Over the last 20 years of my career, I was headteacher of two primary schools and then worked for Sheffield’s Children and Young People’s Directorate for a year to support schools before my early retirement and our relocation to Ambleside.
I was elected as the Chair in September 2014 and redesignated “community governor” when we became an academy.
I volunteered to be a governor because I want to help our school to give every child in our community the best possible start in life. Together, I hope that we succeed!
Mrs Betty Potts
Vice Chair (Foundation Governor)
I have been a Foundation Governor for four years and Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body since 2015. One of my main areas of responsibility is as a Governor for Maths as well as serving on other Governing Body committees. Volunteering weekly as a helper in KS1 enables me to have regular contact with both children and staff.
I was previously a science teacher in secondary schools and have two grown up children and two grandchildren. I have had experience with primary school children as a Junior Church teacher over many years.
I have a great desire to enable the school to progress and be instrumental in helping all pupils to achieve ever rising standards in their education and whole life development.
Working in a team with Governors, staff and parents is imperative in moving towards this goal. I am currently an Evergreen Club leader and a member of St Mary’s PCC. The Christian ethos of the school is one that I will always uphold.
I also consider it important to encourage the children to have links with the older generation and, indeed, to respect all members of their community.
Mrs Sarah Carrick
Ex Officio Governor (Headteacher)
When I was appointed as Headteacher here at Ambleside Church of England Primary School in September 2014, by virtue of that appointment, I also became a member of the Governing Body. I have been a teacher since the Year 2000, having completed my training here in Ambleside at what was then St Martin’s College. I then taught in a number of primary schools in the Furness area.
My role as a Governor is to share in making the joint strategic decisions in the running of the school and to advise the Governing Body based on my knowledge and experience. I also share information with the Governors to make sure that they have a clear picture of how the school is performing, celebrating areas of success and highlighting development work that needs to be addressed.
Among the many demands and challenges of running a school, I always try to place children’s best interests at the heart of everything I do.
Ms Pat Green
I moved to Ambleside and St Mary’s Parish in 2011 and became a Foundation Governor in 2016. I first developed an interest in education when I was a young woman as a volunteer teacher in a secondary school in Ivory Coast. My particular interest in English as an Additional Language and Multicultural Education has developed over a long career in Adult and Further Education first as teacher of EAL and later Head of Department in West London. Since retiring I have worked with a charity supporting a Church of Uganda primary school and hope that I will be able to share the insights and experiences gained on the annual visit to Uganda to benefit the school here.
In autumn 2016 I took on the role of governor with a particular responsibility for Health and Safety, a new and challenging role for me. I now look forward to working with others to maintain a safe and happy school environment that truly reflects our Christian values whilst fostering understanding and respect for other religions and cultures and in which every child can realize their full potential.
Mr Nick Martin
In July 2016 I became a Foundation Governor. The role I have as a Governor is with the school buildings and health and safety issues.
My interest in education is as a Secondary and Primary school teacher.
I hope I will be able to help the school build on the successful improvement the school has achieved. My links as a Lakes Parish Councillor and Trustee of Kelsick Education Foundation and the community I hope will be or benefit to the school.
I want the school to be able to give all the children a positive and uplifting experience at this time in their education.
Mrs Janet Maxwell
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2016 and commenced duties at the start of the autumn term.
I have always had an interest in education, believing that with the right foundation in early years, it forms the basis forthe children to have improved options and opportunities in the future.
My professional life allowed me to encourage, support and sponsor young people in further education. This included the supervision of apprenticeships, NVQs, and professional accounting qualifications whilst also acting as a mentor to some students.
Prior to retirement, I worked in industry for 40 yrs where I ultimately held a senior financial position. I bring this varied financial experience to the role of Governor and will endeavour to ensure that funding and expenditure is matched to the needs of the children so that each individual child has the opportunity to reach their potential.
Outside of the financial aspect, I think it is important that the children receive a good all-round education giving them the confidence to apply themselves in future life. Therefore through my role as a Governor I will be involved in the life of the school wherever appropriate.
Mrs Ruth Porter
I was elected as Parent Governor in June 2014. I have one son Robert who has gone all the way through Ambleside School from Nursery to year 6 and is now at the Lakes School. Since he left the school my role has switched to one of a Foundation Governor. My main areas of responsibility as a Governor are for literacy and Special Educational Needs and chairing the Curriculum Commitee. I also help develop the website and facebook page for the school.
I regularly meet with staff and really enjoy any opportunity to get into school and get involved with school life - both as a Governor and secretary of Friends of the School.
I trained as a teacher at Charlotte Mason a long, long time ago and fell in love with Ambleside and never left! I taught Key Stage 1 in Coniston and Dalton in Furness for 13 years which I really enjoyed - before setting up my holiday cottage company in Hawkshead.
I feel passionate about the school and I am proud to be part of a very positive and hardworking management team that have a clear vision for the school, where every child will reach their full potential through a well planned, exciting and creative curriculum.
Mrs Judith Shingler
I became a Foundation Governor in the Autumn Term of 2015. I have long been interested in Ambleside Primary School as both my sons were pupils here during the period from 1983 to 1993. I was a parent governor for some years, being involved in the process of the Infant and Junior schools merging to form the Primary School.
Having taught in Primary schools in Preston, Birmingham and Coniston before my children were born I have a special interest in Primary Education. These formative years in a child’s life benefit enormously from being spent in a close-knit community. I hope to use my membership of the congregation of St. Mary’s Church to further links between the school and the church.
My hope for every child in this school is that they have the opportunity and the encouragement to fulfil their potential.
Everything I have seen so far points to this being within their grasp.
Rev. Beverley Lock - Team Rector
Ex Officio Foundation Governor
I’m Beverley Lock. I am Team Rector for the Loughrigg Ministry Team.
I enjoy walking, swimming and all things creative. I love telling
stories – especially stories about my great hero – Jesus. I come into school regularly and work with groups and lead assemblies. I was a Drama teacher before I became a full time Church Minister so I really enjoy working with the wonderful children here in Ambleside.
By virtue of Office it is my great privilege to be ex – officio member of Ambleside Church of England’s School Governing Body.
Ms Megan Rimmer
All throughout my childhood, I always aspired to be a primary school teacher. I have lived in the area all of my life until I decided to attend Northumbria University to study BA English Language Studies for 3 years in 2010. I then went on to study for my Primary PGCE through School Direct at Burton Morewood CE Primary School and graduated in 2014. Whilst carrying out my PGCE, I always dreamed of getting a teaching job in the South Lakes but I knew it was going to be a challenge as who wouldn’t want to teach in such a beautiful area of the world? I ended up getting my first teaching post at Kirkby Stephen Primary School, teaching both Year 6 and Year 2. However, the commute was taking its toll so when this post came up at Ambleside, I had to apply and now I’m in my second year of teaching Year 5 and 6. I love to learn and that’s one of the things that I love about teaching as there isn’t a day that goes by where you stop learning!
I decided to put myself forward as a staff governor so I can contribute my ideas to help make the children be as successful as they can be. As I teach the children every day, I am able to witness their successes, areas for improvement and also listen to their ideas and suggestions for what they would like to see in school.
Ms Cindy Barnett
As one of two parent governors I hope to support the school in whatever way I can and contribute to decision making by giving a parents perspective. I have two boys, one now at the Lakes School and the other here for another few years.
My interest in education started when I first volunteered as a committee member for Ambleside Playgroup years ago when my eldest son started attending there. I moved on to becoming an employee of the group and became so interested that I enrolled at Kendal College to study a mixed education and social work course. Through study and experience I became aware of the positive impact of individuals on the community and how valuable resources such as community groups and schools can support children and their families to develop resilience.
My knowledge base is around social welfare and by contributing to supporting the welfare of the children and families of the school, the children will have increased wellbeing and be enabled to learn and grow more.
Mrs Odette Tyson
Clerk to the Governors