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Meet our School Governors

Ms J. Hedworth - Co-opted Governor / Chair of Governors

My name is Janice Hedworth and I am a Community Governor at Kirkbride Primary school.

I was brought up in the village and my education started at Kirkbride Primary, when the new school first opened (more years ago than I wish to admit!).

My immediate family still live in Kirkbride and I have maintained links within the local community after moving to a village nearby some years ago.  Kirkbride is the village I still call 'home'.

The early years for children are so important.  The excellent support and education which is delivered by the dedicated Staff through the curriculum at Kirkbride Primary School is evident.  This will provide the good start in life all our 'little people' need.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a small part of a great team, to be able to give my time and hopefully some positive contribution towards the future of our next generation.

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 K. L. Barley - Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Head Teacher at Kirkbride, having started in January 2022. I have been a Head Teacher for five years, a Deputy for four years and have been teaching for over eighteen years across the whole primary range from Nursery to Year 6.

I am married with two grown sons, and I love to explore our wonderful county, getting out and about whenever possible. I am passionate about ensuring all children get the best deal possible through excellent teaching, a rich and vivid curriculum and they leave our school equipped for their next steps in education as happy, cared for and confident individuals.

The Governing Board, support me and our fantastic team, with all strategic matters and ensure the children are kept at the heart of everything we do.

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.

Mr A. Hedworth - Co-opted Governor

I'm Alan Hedworth, I am 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 Danielle Taylor - Co-opted Governor

I'm Danielle Taylor, I am new to the governing body and I am really looking forward to supporting Kirkbride School. I have lived in the community for many years and hopefully many more to come. 

I am currently working as the Quality of Education Lead for Cumbria Futures Federation. Within this role I support the schools in the federation with developing their school curriculum and promoting good practice in teaching & learning. I also hold a teaching role in the federation as department lead for physical education- this gives me the strong belief of how positive well-being is the key to the success and happiness of our children/pupils in school. 

I am passionate about helping our local communities thrive and celebrating the many things we do well. I am looking forward to meeting the school community and moving forward together.  

Mrs Sarah Simpson - Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Sarah Simpson, and I am a community governor at Kirkbride School.

I have lived in and around the village for 16 years and have a keen interest in the village community.

I feel really pleased and proud that I can help support the village school, and that the village school has strong links with the community.

I have four children who attend Kirkbride School, so I have a natural interest in the quality of education that's delivered at the school.

My profession is in the beauty industry, for which I've worked for 20 years.

I am enjoying my time as a governor and I hope I can contribute to the continued success of the school.

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.

April Little - Parent Governor

My name is April and I am a parent governor at Kirkbride Primary School. I have one daughter attending the school and another child who will also start next year. I am honoured to be a part of the governing body and hope I can have a positive impact within the school. I am a small business owner in Wigton and hope my skills and knowledge can be transferred to my role as a governor at Kirkbride Primary School.  I have worked with a number of schools across Cumbria teaching and engaging children about the Amazon rainforest, endangered species and environmental issues.

I have a passion for the school and a keen interest in our children’s future. Although we moved slightly further away from Kirkbride recently, I’ve seen what a good school it is. We now commute a small distance to keep our child in what I feel is a personal, friendly and nurturing environment.  

Mrs S. Coopey- Staff Governor

My name is Samantha Coopey and I am the staff school governor at Kirkbride Primary school. I currently teach in a mixed class of year 5 and 6 but have also taught in year 3 and 4.  I am passionate about making the learning within my class both meaningful and accessible with a bit of fun thrown in along the way and I truly believe that if you don’t limit children then their true potential shines through and they will always achieve.

I have two children of my own who are now adults and have their own careers so I have seen firsthand how important education and learning can be to each individual child in order for them to be happy in whatever they choose to do.

I decided to become a governor to have a wider picture of the inner workings of the school and to see how everything synchronizes together from children, teachers, parents, governors, other school staff  and the wider community. Working with cohesion is wonderful to see and shows how our school will go from strength to strength by working as a collective towards the same goal.

Miss Rosalind Dempsey - Clerk to Governors

I have recently moved to Cumbria and am clerking for several schools in the area, including Kirkbride Primary School. 

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