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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement.

Governor Impact Statement 2021/22

At Kirkbride Primary School we have a team of Governors who work closely with the Head Teacher in order to deliver our unified shared vision. We have a culture of high expectations, recognising how well we are achieving and also reaching higher. Hand in hand with this desire for excellence, we also want to see our staff excel. We see our children as individuals and we challenge – both financially and educationally - in order to provide the best for all our pupils as a whole and provide the best outcome for each individual.


Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The Governing Body of Kirkbride Primary School is committed to both maintaining and exceeding these high standards. Every Governing Body has three core functions: Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; Holding 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 money is well spent.


As Governors we work with the staff to:

  • Work closely with parents to ensure the learning journey for every child is a successful and fulfilling one.
  • Strive to achieve the highest standards for every child.
  • Provide the children with a safe, secure environment where they can develop a love for learning.
  • To work closely with the community and maintain good communication and partnerships with all stakeholders.
  • To ensure the school environment is orderly, well-maintained and offers the children access to the best resources available.


The way we achieve this is to have an active role working with the Head teacher.


Governors are keen to learn and challenge themselves so therefore attend training courses that specifically target vision, ethos and strategy. The impact of this is that Governors are knowledgeable, up to date in thinking and ensure the School Improvement plan is relevant and are able to challenge and support the Head Teacher.


The School Development Plan 2021 / 22 is linked to the Ofsted Framework and covers all areas of school life. 


A full copy of the School Improvement Plan can requested from the Head Teacher.

Structure of the Governing Body

Our governing body is currently comprised of:


Local Authority governor: 1

Parent governors: 2

Co-opted governors: 6

Staff governor: 1


Including our Headteacher, we have 11 governors on our board and our quorum is 5 governors. The full governing board meets five times per academic year and is supported by three committees: staffing and finance, health and safety and curriculum. The health and safety and curriculum committees meet every term, and the staffing and finance committees meet five times per academic year.



Ms Janice Hedworth

Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor

Mrs Ann Little

Vice Chair / LA Governor

Mr Alan Hedworth

Co-opted Governor

Ms Brenda Fyrth

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Sarah Simpson

Co-opted Governor

Ms April Little

Parent Governor


Parent Governor

Mrs Samantha Coopey

Staff Governor

Mrs Danielle TaylorCo-opted Governor
Mrs Shiona BickleyCo-opted Governor

Mrs Karen Barley

Head Teacher

Miss Rosalind Dempsey

Clerk to Governors

A warm welcome to Kirkbride Primary School, a happy, caring, small rural school near Wigton, Cumbria.