Governing Body

Caring for everyone. Learning together. Achievement for all.

Governing Body

Our Early Years Foundation Stage includes Nursery provision. We offer 30 hours of provision alongside the Reception class: 8.45 – 11.45, 11.45 – 2.45, with the option of staying for the final half hour until 3.15 for a small cost. Our teacher Miss Stewart is a supported by teaching assistant Mrs McCormick.

For further information, or to apply for a place in Nursery, please contact the school or refer the Cumbria County Council’s School Admissions Section ‘Applying for a Nursery Place’. In the event of our Nursery being over-subscribed, our usual Admissions Policy applies.

The school day begins at 8:50am each day with registration. Children can be dropped off from 8.45am each day either to the classroom door (EYFS and KS1) or left on the playground (KS2) where there will a member of staff supervising. There is a morning break from 10.30 – 10.45 for Nursery/Reception and KS1 and 11am until 11.15am for KS2. Lunchtime is between 12:15pm and 1:15pm. There is an afternoon break for Nursery/Reception and KS1 from 2:30pm—2:45pm.

The school day finishes at 3:20pm. Parents are asked to wait in the front playground and teachers will direct children to the adult who is collecting them.

For our children in Nursery we offer a flexible approach to provision where parents can select the hours they wish their child to attend. Please contact us to discuss the options available.

Our role as a governing body is to:

  • establish policies for the running of the School
  • monitor the execution of those policies, and
  • evaluate their effectiveness

The Governing Body is constituted to have twelve members:

  • Seven Foundation Governors – as a Church School, the majority of the Governing Body is nominated by the Parochial Church Council and appointed by the Diocese;
  • Two Parent Governors – these are elected by all registered parents/carers of the school’s pupils;
  • One Local Authority representative – nominated by Cumbria County Council;
  • One Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff;
  • The Headteacher.

We have 3 committees:

  • The Finance and Resources Committee – ensure that the budget is managed to meet our priorities
  • The Curriculum and Staffing Committee – to make the detailed arrangements for advertising and filling such posts
  • The Community and Welfare Committee – seeks to ensure cohesion between the school and its entire constituency, whilst having careful regard for those essential values which mark out the distinctiveness that our school has to offer

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr John Lomax, who can be contacted via school.

The Governing Body’s business is administered by its Clerk Mrs Sally Coyle: in particular, she is responsible for taking down notes as minutes of the meetings and dealing with correspondence. She can be contacted via the School or by e-mail at

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a Governor at our school.

Attendance, Minutes & Reports

Our Current Governors

I am part of the Board of Governors and I currently chair the Finance Committee. I am also Chairman of a North West property group, The Lakeside Hotel & Spa and YMCA Fylde Coast (which includes YMCA Lakeside). I have taken great pleasure and pride in being able to assist in the development of the school by seeing the acquisition of the Sports Field, the development of the Beehive, the Lodge and more recently the front access lobby area (must come up with a better name for this – proposals on a postcard to the editor please!). I have the staff at the school and my fellow governors to thank in helping the school to achieve these improvements while maintaining a sustainable balance sheet! I am very excited when I consider what improvements the next few years bring.

I was delighted to be appointed headteacher of Beetham CE School in September 2021. I was taken aback by the friendly and caring atmosphere of the school and how the community and church are at the heart of decisions and the education provided. I will be working hard within school to continue Beetham CE School’s successes; building on the hard work that the school has already done as well as adding my own initiatives along the way. I have been teaching for 16 years and still enjoy the challenge and excitement of helping children to learn.  Seeing those moments of excitement on children’s faces when achieving a personal goal.  I have taught many year groups during my time as a teacher and am very much looking forward to teaching the juniors once again. When I’m not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family playing sports and going for walks.  I also enjoy horse riding and reading children’s books as well as a bit of off-roading in our Land Rovers.  I love travelling and finding out about new places all around the world. I am looking forward to being part of the Beetham team and working with all the children who made me feel so welcome on my visits to school.

I’ve been a Governor for some years now and am currently Chair. My background was as a secondary schoolteacher and Headmaster (in the previous century!) so to be involved in Primary education has been a new and pleasurable experience. The Governors are all delightful people to work with and our meetings get the important business done in an open happy atmosphere which makes for inventive problem-solving – yet always with plenty of time for laughter! Despite being born and bred in the London area, I’ve lived in Beetham for 33 years now. In all that time, the sense of community in the village and School has never seemed to me as vibrant as it is now!

Hello! My name is Andrew, the Vicar of Beetham and ex-officio Foundation Governor.

I’ve been the Priest in Charge of the parishes of St Michael and All Angels, Beetham and St James, Arnside with Storth since July 2019. Before that I was over on the other side of the Bay as the Assistant Curate of the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry serving nine parishes in the south of the Diocese of Carlisle.

As well as serving as being involved here at Beetham, I’m also involved (and serve as a Governor) at Arnside and Storth Church of England Primary Schools. Within the wider Diocese, I’m kept quite busy, serving on various committees including the Bishop’s Council. I’m also one of the Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, supporting candidates exploring a call to ordained ministry.

I’m a native Cumbrian, born and brought up on Solway Firth in the village of Abbey Town. I studied History as an undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Not longer after this I was selected to train by the Church of England for ordained ministry and so completed a Theology degree at the University of Oxford whilst studying at Ripon College Cuddesdon.

I enjoy good quality television, exploring, reading, learning new things, a wide range of music, trying to improve my skills as a cook and laughing.

I have been a foundation governor since December 2021 for Beetham CofE school and serve with Chris and Dennis on the finance committee. I have lived in Beetham for 12 years, work as a professional in the local area, and am an active member of the local community. I have two young children at the school, and it is an honour and privilege to serve on the governing body. I look forward to helping build on the previous successes within the school and help drive forward future projects to enable all of the children to thrive and achieve their very best.

I became a Parent Governor at Beetham School in April 2022 and my son has always gone to Beetham. I have had a number of different careers, none of which have been within education, and this has shown me the importance of academic and practical work, and sport in our children’s education. Beetham school provides our children with this variety and as a Parent Governor I hope to help and support the school in maintaining this balanced environment so that our children can be the best they can be. When I’m not working, I enjoy the outdoors, cycling and the more remote parts of Scotland!

Following a working life as a secondary schoolteacher, I have been a governor in C of E Schools for over 20 years. I am currently chair of the Community and Welfare Committee, looking to continue and develop the existing strong links between the school, church, and the wider community. My highlight of the year has to be the school’s contribution to the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. The Celebration Assembly held in church that week gave us the opportunity to unveil one of our ‘There But Not There’ figures, representing all those who had left their homes and families to answer their country’s call. Pupils helped to place the figure directly in front of their own commemorative display, and ‘Poppy Wall’, and designated that figure, ‘The Beetham School Tommy’. A visit of the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers to lay a wreath at the War Memorial and gave the pupils the opportunity to talk directly to the old soldiers. The enthusiasm, knowledge and politeness of our pupils so impressed the Fusiliers that we later received a very complimentary letter of thanks from their leader. And then, on the Sunday evening, the performance of ‘We Will Remember Them’ by a large group of pupils during our service of ‘Remembrance, Reflection and Reconciliation’ crowned a glorious weekend during which the close links between the school, the church and the wider community were highlighted and strengthened.

Hello! My name is Miss Stewart and I teach in Nursery and Reception.

I graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Ethics, Philosophy and Religion prior to joining the University of Cumbria to undertake my PGCE in General Primary Teacher. I was therefore delighted at the end of my studies to be given the opportunity to join such a friendly and caring school.

I enjoy spending time with my family. I also enjoy socialising with friends, baking and cake decorating.

I joined the governing body as a staff governor in 2022; serving on the Curriculum and Staffing committee. My role includes representing the staff views and helping answer questions regarding curriculum, teaching and learning.

I am a Licensed Lay Minister for St. Michael & All Angels and have been a Foundation Governor for Beetham Primary School for over four years. I am also the Chair of the Staffing and Curriculum Committee. Church links with the school are strong and this is an important relationship which will continue into the future. With a background in further and higher education, I find it a joy and a privilege to work alongside staff in our joint aim of maximising the fullest potential in every child.

I have been a foundation governor of Beetham Primary School for two years and it has certainly been an interesting and rewarding experience. Having lived in Beetham since 1980, having two grandsons educated at the School and my family having previously owned the Wheatsheaf for 37 years, it has been a rewarding experience giving up some time to get involved with Beetham Primary School. Two of the most recent highlights for me were the children’s visit to the Strickland Farm Experience and also to the Leighton Moss Bird Reserve, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The children, as usual, were impeccably behaved and these were two marvellous educational days for both children and governors, organised by the brilliant teaching staff at Beetham School.

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