Governors

St James C of E Infants has an active and involved governing body. 

Governors are an important part of school life and make an important contribution in supporting education in our school.   School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability to our school. They work with the Head Teacher to make tough decisions about finance, staffing and resourcing as well as supporting and challenging the Head Teacher and other school leaders and staff to make sure we provide the best possible education for all our children. 

Our Governing Body is made up of:

  • The Head Teacher,
  • Foundation Governors (who are appointed by the Diocese),
  • Parent Governors (who are appointed by election in school),
  • an LA Governor,
  • a Staff Governor and
  • Co-Opted Governors (who are appointed by the Governing Body).

This means there are a wide variety of people involved in overseeing the running of the school.  The governors are very dedicated and enthusiastic about monitoring and making improvements in school.  They meet at every half term to discuss items such as finance, attendance, health & safety, self evaluation and the School Improvement Plan.

 

  Click here to see the latest "Governors News"

 

The Governors can be approached regarding any problems you have in school that you feel cannot be dealt with by staff.  This can be done, by writing a letter to the Chair of Governors (c/o the school).

You can download our "Rough Guide to the Governing Body" by clicking below.

 

Rough Guide to the Governing Body

 

Our Governing Body is made up of as follows:

   

Term of Office

End Date

Head Teacher:

Mr Michael Craig

 

Foundation Governor:

Mrs Dorothy Graham 

22.01.2022

Foundation Governor:

 Mrs Pat Smith

31.01.2022

Foundation Governor:

Dr Mark Edmiston 

19.02.2022

Parent Governor:

Mrs Gay Frankland

06.07.2019

Parent Governor:

Mrs Tracey Stamper

01.10.2020

Parent Governor:

Mr Andrew Short (Vice Chair)

30.10.2020

Parent Governor:

Mr Gary Dixon (Chair)

19.10.2019

LA Governor:

Mr Brian O'Kane

30.07.2019

Co-Opted Governor:

Miss Stephanie Sapsed

26.02.2022

Co-Opted Governor:

Miss Camilla Mason

26.02.2022

Staff Governor

Mrs Val Howard

01.09.2021

Associate member

Mrs Clair Brown

10.05.2019

 

Clerk to the Governors:

 Mrs Aga Coulson

 

 

 

Name

Category

Appointing Body

Term of Office

Committees

Voting Rights

Official responsibility

Financial/Non Financial

Interest

Michael Craig

Head Teacher

GB

Appt

9/2017

F/CM

Full GB& All

Committees

 

Staff member

Governor at another school

Gary Dixon

 

Parent

Parents

10/2015-

10/2019

SDR/F/PR/C/CM

Full GB& All

 Committees

Chair

None

Dorothy Graham

Foundation

Diocese of Carlisle

12/2017-

12/2021

SDR/F/PR/C

Full GB& All

 Committees

SEN

None

Mark Edminston

Foundation

Diocese of Carlisle

11/2017-

11/2021

PD/A/CM

Full GB& All

Committees

H&S

None

Gay Frankland

Parent

Parents

07/2015-

07/2019

SDR/A

Full GB& All

Committees

 

None

Tracey Stamper

Parent

Parents

10/2016-

10/2020

AP/F/PD

Full GB& All

Committees

H&S/ Website

None

Andrew Short

Parent

Parent

10/2016-

10/2020

AP/F/DS

Full GB& All

Committees

Vice Chair

 

None

Stephanie Sapsed

Co-opted

GB

02/2020-

02/2020

A

Full GB& All

Committees

 

Staff member

No other interest

Brian O’Kane

LA

CCC

07/2015-

07/2019

PR/PD/C

Full GB& All

Committees

PP, Sports Funding

Chief Examiner for AQA Exam Board

Parent of Teacher at the School

Val Howard

Staff Governor

Staff

09/2017-

09/2021

 

Full GB& All

Committees

 

Staff member

No other interest

Clair Brown

Associate Member

GB

09/2015-

09/2019

F/CM

None

School Business

Manager

Staff member

No other interest

Pat Smith

Foundation

Diocese of Carlisle

02/2018-

02/2022

 

 

Safeguarding

 

F-Finance and Staffing Committee; CM- Crisis Management Committee, PD-Pupil Discipline, A-Admissions,  SDR-Staff Dismissal and Redundancy, AP-Appeals,
C-Complaints, H&S-Health & Safety, PP-Pupil Premium, PR-Head Teachers Performance Review.
To see the attendance at our Governing Body and Committee meetings, please click on the link below.

Governing Body Leavers

Lisa Stanaway

Co-Opted

Ended May 2016

Kerri Basso

Co-Opted

January 2018

Sharon Agnew

Parent

Ended May 2016

Jill Eaton

Headteacher

Ended August 2017

Rev. Robert Jackson

Foundation

(Ex-Officio)

Ended May 2017

Emma Butterworth

Co-Opted

Ended February 2018