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Meet our School Governors

Mrs K. Rudd - Chair Of Governors

My name is Karen and I am Chair of Governors at Kirkbride Primary School. I have one child currently in school, a boy in Year 6 and a girl who attends The Nelson Thomlinson School.

I work in an accountants which helps me understand the financial position of the school and links well with my governor role on the Staffing and Finance Committee.

I live just outside the village and I am passionate about our local community; I am also a member of Kirkbride Carnival Committee, which organises a number of events throughout the year for the village and surrounding area.

I decided that I wanted to become a governor as I was keen to work with staff, parents, carers and pupils to help, what is already a good school, develop and go from strength to strength.


Mrs A. Little - Vice Chair - Local Authority Governor

Hi, I have been on the governing body for almost 10 years and am delighted to support our lovely village school and staff as I feel passionately that the school is an integral part of our village and wider community.

I was born in Kirkbride and have lived here nearly all my life.  I attended what was the old school in the village and both my two children attended the school in the 80s & 90s, during which time I played a very active part in fundraising for the school.  All of my foster children have attended the school and without exception have all enjoyed their learning experience.

I have a long career in the Finance Sector and have been a Foster Carer since 2006.  I am also an Examination Invigilator.

I thoroughly enjoy the ever changing role as a Governor and as well as being the Vice Chair & Safeguarding Governor I support the school as Chair of the Staffing & Finance Committee and as the SENS Governor.  The school has a warm, safe and friendly environment of which I am very proud to be part of.  

Mrs B. Fyrth - Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Brenda Fyrth and I am really proud to be a governor of Kirkbride School. I have lived locally for many years and have always been interested in Kirkbride School`s achievements.

I have been involved in education all my working life...40+ years!! I have taught across all age ranges from 5 – 18, worked as an advisory teacher and currently am the headteacher of Thomlinson Junior School in Wigton. My priority and passion has always been in providing the very best for children, of all abilities and backgrounds, ensuring that their welfare and education always comes first. Since my school works closely with Kirkbride, via the Solway School Cluster, I feel that much is to be gained from the sharing of information and support within this group of local schools.

Although I have lived in Cumbria for most of my life I was born in Yorkshire. I am, and always will be, a very proud Tyke!! Most of my family remain either in Yorkshire or, across the Pennines, in Lancashire, although my `adopted` family are very much based in the Kirkbride locality.

My experience, within education, enables me to have very clear understanding of all aspects of school life from curriculum development to school management issues. I hope that I can use both my knowledge and skill to support Kirkbride School.

Outside of my working life I enjoy travelling, socialising, reading and keeping active.

Mrs L. Vailionis - Co-opted Governor

My name is Laura Vailionis and I am a teacher at Richmond Hill School in Aspatria. I joined the Governing Body of Kirkbride Primary School in July 2017, as a co-opted Governor. Having a daughter at the school, I wanted to offer my experience and time to benefit the school in any way that they feel I can help.

We moved to Newton Arlosh just over a year ago and decided to send our daughter to the local school as we feel it is important to support the local community. I have worked in Early Years for five years and am currently the Maths co-ordinator for the whole school. My passion is for all children to be an given equal opportunity and support to meet their full potential. To me, it is a privilege to be involved in this capacity and I look forward to being an active member of the Governing Body and to getting involved with a range of events. I am proud to be a part of the Governing Body and will do my best to carry out the role to the best of my ability, for the benefit of the children, staff, parents and the school.

Mr A. Hedworth - Co-opted Governor

I'm Alan Hedworth, I've been elected as a co-opted school governor for Kirkbride Primary School. I'm honoured to be offered this opportunity to support the Governors and of course the school where possible. Education has to be ranked as one of the most important aspects of our lives, especially as it's everyone's future that is affected by what we are taught.

I have two fantastic children and I have lived in the village of Kirkbride all my life and my work/business is here too, we have a former dairy farm located near the school.

I myself attended Kirkbride School when it first opened in 1977, it has changed but still a very good school, after leaving Nelson Thomlinson secondary comprehensive school in 1988, I attended Newton Rigg College to study Agriculture and then continued on to full time employment at the family farm.

In recent years I have got involved in local council and parish council duties, I was elected as a borough councillor for Allerdale Borough Council in 2015 and am Chairman of Kirkbride Parish Council.

I've also travelled to various parts of the world and seen how the other half live their lives, it does broaden the mind to gain this type of experience.

I would just like to make a difference.

Mrs L. Beattie - Parent Governor


Mrs J. Taylor - Parent Governor

Hello, my name is Julie Taylor and I am a a Parent Governor on the Governing Body.

I have two children who both attend Kirkbride Primary School. I was keen to become a Governor because like most parents, I am passionate about my children's education. Kirkbride Primary School provide an outstanding quality of education, has supportive staff and wonderful children.

I have worked in finance for over 12 years and I plan to use my knowledge to assist in my role as a member of the finance committee.

I take great pride in been elected to the role of Parent Governor and I hope I can contribute in some way to the schools continued success.

Mrs S. Coopey- Staff Governor


Mrs D. Maxwell - Head Teacher

As Head teacher of Kirkbride Primary I am accountable to the Governors of the school.  They support me in all aspects of school life.  

Miss Rachel Allen - Clerk to the Governors

I'm really happy to be joining Kirkbride as Clerk to the Governors. This is a new type of role for me so I am looking forward to the new challenges it will bring. I live in Thursby and work at the school there as a Teaching Assistant. I also teach English as a foreign language online. I enjoy walking my dog, reading, watching telly and crochet. 


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