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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 4 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
We currently have a vacancy for a 'Community Governor'

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 am married with two fantastic children and hope they can benefit from a great foundation with our school, 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 have recently joined the governing body as a Parent Governor.

I have two children who both attend Kirkbride Primary School in Year 1 and Year 2. 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 A. Howe - Staff Governor

If you asked the children in my class what my job is, they would tell you ‘to keep us safe and help us that order!’ My role as Staff Governor is all about that too- I am passionate about ensuring that we not only get it ‘right’ for our children but for the staff, parents and wider community as well.

I have been teaching for 13 years, of which 5 have been spent at Kirkbride Primary School and during this time I have taught across the age ranges and held a variety of leadership/management roles. I currently teach the fantastic Elm Class (Year 3/4) on a part-time basis; my other 2 days of the week are spent at home with my little boy. As a member of teaching staff, I am at the ‘chalk face’ and hope that I offer valuable input and experience about what’s working well and the impact that decisions have upon the day to day life of our school.

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.  

Mrs S. Bickley - Clerk to the Governors

Hi, I'm Shiona and I am Clerk to Kirkbride School Governors.  I have been Clerk since May 2018 when I decided to I needed to take my career in another direction.  I enjoy my work as Clerk and being able to support the School and Governing Body.  Although the role can be busy at times it has allowed me to have time to be with my young family.

Although not local to Kirkbride, I did have family that lived in the village for many years and do like to see the school and local community thrive.

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