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Current Board of Governors

Composition of the Board


As established in our Instrument of Government, we have twelve governors:


  • two parents (elected by the parents)
  • two staff members (one of whom is always the Headteacher, the other is elected by the staff)
  • one foundation governor (appointed by the Local Authority)
  • one foundation governor (who is always the officiating minister for the parish)
  • six foundation governors (who are appointed by the Diocese)


As far as the foundation governors are concerned, the Local Authority and the Diocese will welcome nominations either from invididuals themselves or from the current board.  Where appointed or elected, board members participate for the term of office set out in the Instrument of Government (four years) unless otherwise indicated.

The current Board


The Board of Governors is currently:


Name Status Appointed:

Term of office ends

Duncan Priestley Staff (ex officio) not applicable not applicable
Susan Pattinson Staff (elected by staff)

October 2014

(re-elected January 2019

January 2023
Reverend Stewart Fyfe Foundation (ex officio) not applicable not applicable
Sarah Rogers Foundation (appointed by Diocese) December 2012, re-appointed 16 March 2017 March 2021
Liz Lindwall Foundation (appointed by Diocese) 16 March 2017 March 2021
Alan Woodward  Foundation (appointed by Diocese) 16 March 2017 March 2021
Debbie McCall  Foundation (appointed by Diocese) 3 May 2017 May 2021
Linda White Foundation (appointed by Diocese) 17 July 2017 July 2021
Marie Louisa Raeburn Parent (elected by parents) 31 October 2017 November 2021
Neil Hughes Local Authority (appointed by) 28 January 2019 (approved at Eden Local Committee) January 2023
VACANT Parent (elected by parents) from Autumn 2018  
VACANT Foundation (appointed by Diocese) from Autumn 2018  
Associate Member John Walton January 2019 January 2023
Associate Member Tom Cripps February 2019 February 2023


Others holding office during the past twelve months:


Name Status Appointed:

Stepped down:

Ruth Painter Local Authority (appointed by) 4 July 2018 November 2018
John Paul Turnbull Parent (elected by parents) February 2013; (resigned June 2015, but resumed July 2015); re-elected March 2017

July 2018


Becky Day Foundation (appointed by Diocese) November 2015

July 2018


Marion Rucker Parent (elected by parents) January 2016

May 2017 

Helen Gill Foundation (appointed by Diocese) November 2014 January 2017
Neil Cruickshank Foundation (appointed by Diocese) December 2013 (re-appointment) July 2016 
David Evans

Associate Governor (non-voting)

October 2015

July 2016 (end of term of office)

Governors' Skills


The National Governors Association offers a template for auditing the skills of the governing body.  This helps the board to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and to address them through training and recruitment of new governors and associate governors.


We updated our skills audit in December 2018 and added two new members in April 2019.  The results - presented anonymously - can be seen here.


We will update this audit on a regular basis - when governors change or when governors feel their skills have developed!