Mill Lane, Beckermet, Cumbria, CA21 2YD

01946 841221


Beckermet C of E Primary School

Let your light shine



Welcome to the Governors page of our school website.  We are extremely proud of our school, our staff and the achievements of our pupils; your children.  We strive to achieve academic excellence and sporting fulfillment influenced by our Christian values; and we try to do this in a way we hope your children find engaging and fun.

Our role is one of strategic oversight, vision setting and decision making, creating robust accountability for school leaders.  This includes ensuring that our school prepares pupils for life and the workplace by building  their character and resilience and by protecting them from the risks of extremism and radicalisation.  Our core functions for effective governance are;

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, our pupils and the performance management of our staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of our school and making sure our money is well spent.

Our Governing Body have a diversity of perspectives to ensure robust internal challenge and have a positive relationship with the Headteacher and staff.  We are fully integrated into school life, its heartbeat, and interaction with the local community.  We try to improve our performance through self evaluation and collaboration with other schools further afield.  We each have a passion to do the very best we can to develop every child placed in our charge and hope that you share and support our values.

You will find below details of all governors including the nature of each appointment, attendance record and any declared interests.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our school. Please peruse the other items on our website to enlighten you even further on what we do and have achieved.  You are most welcome to visit whenever is mutually convenient.  This can be arranged by contacting the school on 01946 841221.

A number of websites contain further information relating to school governance.  One you may find particularly informative is the National Governors Association and is at;


Chair of Governors

Beckermet Church of England Primary School Governing Body


 Governor                                                                                        No. of Meetings                            Re-election Date

                                                                                                     attended  academic

                                                                                                         year 2023/24



Mrs Claire Birkett                                                                                     1/1                                            Permanent


Chair of Governors

Mrs Julia Harrison                    

Vice Chair

Mr Ian Skipper                                                                                                                                          


Staff Appointed Governor

Mrs Sue Alderson                                                                                   1/1                                             31 August 2024


Local Authority Appointed Governor

Vacancy                                                                                                   0/0                                             06 October 2025



Foundation Governors

Mrs Julia Harrison                                                                                   1/1                                           06 December 2026

Rev Rachel Cunliffe (Ex Officio)                                                              1/1                                           Permanent

Mr K Connor                                                                                             0/1                                          01 January 2028                                         


4 Vacancies




Parent Governor


Mrs Claire West                                                                                      1/1                                            07 January 2027 

Mr James Connor                                                                                    1/1                                            02 December 2025

Mr Ian Skipper                                                                                       1/1                                            02 December 2025               



Clerk of Governors

Mrs Lenore Thomson                                                                                                                                 Permanent


All Governors serve a term of 4 years

None of our Governors have any business interests relevant to the school

None of our Governors have any financial interest relevant to the school


We would like any parents who are interested in being part of the governing body in the role of parent governor to contact Mrs Thomson in the office.


Governing Body Committees

Health & Safety Committee


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mrs C West


Finance Committee


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mr I Skipper


Staffing & Curriculum


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mrs S Alderson

Rev R Cunliffe

Mr J Connor


Appeals Committee


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mrs S Alderson


Admissions Committee


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mrs S Alderson


Grievance & Exclusions Committee


Mrs C Birkett

Mrs J Harrison

Mrs C West

Rev R Cunliffe

Curriculum Governors
English & PE - Mrs J Harrison
Maths - Mr I Skipper
Science & Computing - Mrs C West
Geography & History - To Be Confirmed
Modern Foreign Languages - Mr I Skipper
Music, Art & DT - Mr J Connor
Religious Education - Rev R Cunliffe
Early Years - Mrs J Harrison
SEND - Mrs J Harrison
PHSE - To Be Confirmed