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 The Governors said their goodbye to Canon Nick who left the Parish in September. He had been a member of the Governing Body over the last eight years and made a fantastic contribution to life at our school.

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Governor Newsletters

November 2016

Summer 2016

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

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All about our school governors…

Chair of Governors  – Dr David Wheatcroft- LEA 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

Vice Chair of Governors – 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

Christine Harrison – Foundation Governor

Christine started teaching in 1966 and retired in 2007 when she and her husband moved to Grange. During her teaching time she was a headteacher for the last 25 years and for the final 10 of those years she was appointed as a consultant headteacher in inner city Bradford taking over failing schools (nursery, primary, middle and special schools and lastly a school for excluded adolescents) and handing them on as they were removed from ‘special measures’. At the same time, she worked with the local authority school improvement officers supporting groups of vulnerable schools, delivered leadership training to heads, schools and governing bodies, worked with Ofsted and HMI, was a performance management adviser and worked with the National College of School Leadership as a trainer. She is now retired and is Churchwarden, Treasurer, Health and Safety Officer and Safeguarding Coordinator for St Paul’s and the Fell Church in Grange.

Term ends: 23rd July 2021

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

Kelly Walsh – Parent Governor

Kelly Walsh is a Solicitor and has been a parent governor for 11 years, she is the Safeguarding Governor and is Chair of the Community, Education and Welfare Committee.   Her 2 older children attended Grange School and are now at University and College respectively, and her 2 younger children are currently in years 5 and 6; She herself attended Grange School as did her Father and Grandfather before her.

Term ends 18th November 2018

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: 12th June 2017

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

Term ends: 1st March 2021

Gill Webster – Associate Governor  for Special Educational Needs and Disability, Gifted and Talented to support Governor knowledge and monitoring role in this area (no voting rights)

(appointed November 2016 to be reviewed annually), 

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.

The Reverend Andrew B Norman

(Associate Governor from November 2016, to be reviewed annually)

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.

 

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