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When a Parent Governor position on the Governing Body becomes available, parents will be asked if they are interested in becoming a Governor via letter from the school.

All about our school governors…

Chair of Governors  – Mr Brian McCann – Community Governor

Brian’s previous employment was with Scottish & Newcastle Brewery, for nearly 30 years. He is now in his second term of office as a school Governor. He is still involved with Age UK, working two days a week on the Help Line, and a day a week in the community. He is also involved with Grange Cancer Drop-in, as their treasurer and shortly will be a member of St Paul’s P.C.C. All of this he feels will help develop the inter-generational work of school within the community.

Term ends: 1st January 2021

Vice Chair of Governors – Dr David Wheatcroft- LA Governor

Dr David Wheatcroft is Chair of Governors, and Chair of the Leadership Management & Finance Committee. Although an LEA Governor, Dr Wheatcroft has two children who have now completed their time at Grange School.  David has been on the governing body for the past ten years (five years as Vice Chair) and will be starting his fourth term of office in November 2017. Professionally Dr Wheatcroft works as a Clinical Psychologist and supports adults who have intellectual impairment. He has a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Condition. In his spare time he enjoys the great outdoors and is a keen cyclist and walker which has taken him to far flung corners of the United Kingdom.

Term ends: 24 November 2017

Claire Logan – Associate Governor

Claire attended Grange C of E Primary school in the late 80s and has fond memories of her time here. When the co-opted position became available Claire jumped at the chance to give back to the school that has given her a solid foundation for life.

Claire works as a solicitor in a practice in Grange-over Sands, is a Town Councillor and also sits as Council Member for Lancaster and Cumbria on the national Law Society.

With her twin boys now making their way through school she hopes she will be able to draw on her experiences and offer support, guidance and inspiration to her fellow Governors and to our School

Term ends: 19th September 2020

Judith Mitchell- Foundation Governor

Judith is a Personnel Manager by profession, mainly in manufacturing and has been a School Foundation Governor for 16 years, Chair of Governors for 7 years and currently English and Science Governor. Her children Nicholas (23) and Gemma (18) both attended Grange School and are now at university and secondary school. Latterly she has worked in local schools for 6 years in extended services generating funding for local schools of over £350k and this continues to date in a voluntary capacity. She is a regular church attendee at St Pauls Church and a member of the Young Peoples committee and Buildings committee.

Term ends: 1st January 2021

Mrs Paula Whinfield – Staff Governor

Paula Whinfield  is a Teacher Governor.  She has worked in several different occupations since leaving education, including administration, secretarial work, accounts and book keeping and as a PA for a Field Studies Centre.  After working for the school for seven years as a Teaching Assistant, she completed a BA Hons in Primary Education Degree. She has taught at the school for the last 8 years and she is currently the Year 6 Teacher, Literacy Subject Leader and Stonewall Trainer and Kidsafe Officer in the school.  Paula is also a Specialist Leader in Education for English, supporting other schools and delivering CPD to teachers within the county.

Term ends: 22nd September 2018

Oliver Wignall – Parent Governor                                                                                                        

Oliver was pleased to be given the opportunity to become a member of the Parent Governor team. His primary motivation is to support the Pupils, Parent Governors, Teachers and Parents in the provision of the highest achievable standard of education.

From a professional perspective, Oliver has worked at leading companies such as Land Rover, Honda, and BMW, and is currently the Operations Director for BAE Systems Submarines, which includes manufacturing, technology development, people leadership and the support and development of over 900 apprentices. Prior to working at BAE he worked at IBM for over 10 years, building on his own IT technical skills to develop solutions for industry based on the latest technology.

Outside of work he has 3 children, the eldest Percy is in year 2 at Grange School, and therefore has a longer-term interest and commitment in the school.

He feels his personal qualities include excellent listening and communication skills, and believes in treating people without prejudice and therefore can often bring a balanced and calming influence to a team with an ability to bring the room to a common and logical conclusion.  He states, “I am very supportive of you and your team, it was the main reason we chose Grange over other Schools in the area, Percy is very happy at school and this creates a healthy environment for learning”.

Term ends: 2 January 2021

Matthew Evans – Parent Governor

Having previously attended Grange C of E Primary School as a pupil 30+ years ago I am excited to start this new chapter in supporting the School to continuously develop and improve through my new role as a Parent Governor.  I currently live in Grange-over-Sands  and am employed within a senior leadership position for a large Utility Company operating across the North West of England.  Outside of work I enjoy fell running and swimming, as well as making the most of the Lake District area with my wife and three young children.
I have a vested interest in the success of the school now having two of my own children in attendance, with George in Year 3 and Alice in Year 1, both thoroughly enjoying their learning journey.   Since starting as Parent Governor I have taken on the Chair of the Community, Education and Welfare Committee and am looking forwards to being able to give something back to the school to makes sure it is a place that continues to offer pupils the great start in education that it offered me all those years ago.

Term ends: 1st March 2021

Gill Webster – Foundation Governor

Gill Webster qualified as a teacher in 1977.  She taught at Cartmel Priory School for 23 years, teaching a range of subjects including SEN support.  Towards the end of this period she was also appointed to the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at a junior school in Barrow.  She subsequently became a Team Leader for the Cumbria Local Authority’s Learning Support Service, having responsibility for Performance Management, training and HR issues for LSS teaching assistants and other staff in Furness and South Lakes.  In 2011 she retired from this role but continues in the role of SENCO in Barrow.

Term Ends: 17th October 2021

The Reverend Andrew B Norman

(Ex- officio Foundation Governor from 18th April 2018)

The Reverend Andrew B Norman is Assistant Curate of the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry which includes the parish of St Paul, Grange-over-Sands. He was ordained deacon in Carlisle Cathedral in 2015 and priest in 2016. Andrew is born and bred Cumbrian, and a cradle Anglican – having sensed a vocation to the priesthood from an early age. He was born in Carlisle and raised in the nearby village of Abbeytown on the Solway Firth, attending his local Church of England Primary School before going on to the Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton. From there he went up to Selwyn College Cambridge to read History and then onto the University of Oxford to read theology whilst undergoing formation for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon.  Andrew also sits on the Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Mission, Pastoral and Parsonages Committee, the Carlisle Diocesan Synod and is a nominated member of the national Young Priest Theologian’s Network. As a member of the Governing Body, Andrew is responsible for RE and Collective Worship, often helping with teaching as part of the school’s Religious Education curriculum and regularly leading Collective Worship in school.  The school can pride itself on excellent links with the life of the local Church, and involvement with the school is an intrinsic and vital part of the Church’s mission and ministry within the town and community. Andrew enjoys reading, music, crime dramas and visiting sites of historical and ecclesiastical interest.

Term Ends: 18th April 2022

Tricia Thomas – Co-opted Governor

Tricia Thomas is a retired Early Years teacher with over 25 years experience in public sector schools, teaching in the London Borough of Lambeth and Southampton. A mother and grandmother, Tricia has also worked as a nanny and childminder as well as teaching in private nurseries in London and Surrey and running a playgroup.

Among a wide variety of jobs, she has worked for several Estate Agents, Boots the Chemist (where she was the ‘go to’ person on how to fit covers on buggies!) as a cleaner and as order chaser for Wessex Book Supplies.

She has been a member of Grange-over-Sands Town Council for seven years.

Term Ends: 5th July 2022

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