We are blessed with a dedicated and effective Governing Body, Ofsted (July 2019) recognised:
'Governors are highly committed and have a strong understanding of the needs and interests of the community the school serves. Governors play an important role in securing and sustaining the school’s role within the community, for example through links with the church and with local businesses.'
Please find below details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Get to know Steve:
I came to live and work in Cumbria in 1994 before settling in Shap over 20 years ago. I have two children who both had a great start in their education at Shap School and are now building on that at UCC. I have been a governor since 2008, gaining experience on various sub-committees, and spending some time as vice-chair, before becoming Chair in 2018.
For the past 24 years I have worked, in the UK and abroad, as a trainer and consultant in leadership and team working skills. This experience has made me even more keenly aware what a great staff and leadership team we have at the school.
I see my role as chair of governors as ensuring that we create the very best environment we can to enable the school to continue to flourish, for the benefit of our children and the whole community. Being a school governor isn't always a bed of roses, but a visit to our lovely school never fails to leave me with a smile on my face.
Get to know Julie:
I have lived in Shap since August 2016. As a family we enjoy being so close to the countryside and all the wonderful places in the Lake District. I have two children who attend the school and will often be seen on the daily school run (usually hoping that I’ve not forgotten something in their book bags).
I am currently a stay-at-home parent but before moving to Shap I worked for nine years for a Women’s Aid group supporting survivors of domestic abuse. I have also worked for the Youth Offending Service as part of a mentor scheme. I am able to use some of these skills and experience in my role as a governor. I am part of the school finance committee and I am also the link governor for the subjects of Maths and Science.
I admire the hard work and dedication of all of the children and staff of Shap C of E School and would like to also thank all the families and local community for your ongoing support.
Get to know Siobhan:
I was officially appointed to the post of Clerk to Governors in March 2020, after a short period of acting Clerk from the beginning of the year. I have yet to officially clerk a meeting face to face but hope that that will be possible in the near future. This is the second time I have held this position, the first time was from early 2005 until the birth of my second child in 2009. I have lived in Shap since early 2003, prior to this I lived and worked all over the country as an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor working mainly with young people, followed by a period as an Operations Manager for a Walking Holiday Company. I continue to enjoy walking, canoeing and open water swimming with my family. The Clerk's role is one of administration, support and advising, alongside administering five governing boards meetings each year.
Get to know Katie:
Originally from the North East, I moved to Cumbria with my husband and twin boys in 2006.
I have always been a teacher, and I have taught in a variety of different schools in Northumberland, Stockport and Cumbria, ranging from large town schools, inner city schools and small village schools. I have a special interest in outdoor education, environmental education, history and geography, and heave generally coordinated these subjects in the schools that I have worked in, however I have also coordinated English, PE, PSHE and EYFS. I am interested in how children learn, I therefore completed a PGCE in Special Educational Needs in 2007, and have since been a school SENDCo and Gifted and Talented Coordinator in the Cumbrian schools I worked within.
I have worked at Shap CE School since 2012, I have mainly taught in Catbells class alongside Mrs. Kelsall, and I became the Assistant Headteacher in 2013. Following the retirement of Anne Maud, our previous Headteacher, in 2019, I have been Acting Headteacher, a role that I thoroughly enjoy! As Acting Headteacher, I work closely with Steve and Julie, the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governors to coordinate our full governing body and sub committee meetings. We have an excellent team of governors, who are hard working and dedicated to our school development, I was delighted that this was recognised by OfSted on their last visit in 2019, and I am proud to be part of Shap CE School governing body.
Get to know Alun:
I am originally from London and have had a variety of jobs, including Animal Technician, Estimator, Draughtsman, Technical Graphics, Salesman, Student and Management Consultant before becoming a Vicar in 1986.
I have two adult children (they think they are..!) and have lived in London, Northern Ireland, Bristol, Surrey, Australia, Essex and now Cumbria since 2017 as Vicar of the High Westmorland parishes which include Bampton, Orton, Shap, Tebay and Ravenstonedale.
As Vicar at Shap and Orton I am an ex-officio Governor as they are both church schools and hope that connections between school and church continue to develop and grow
I have served as a Governor, including Chair and Vice-Chair, at various State and Church schools since 1987.
My interests as a Governor are the well being and safety of children in both the school and community and for our school to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for them all, providing a foundation in the Christian faith.
St Michael’s is a happy environment for our children and is blessed with a committed Governing Board and dedicated staff.
Finally, I support Tottenham Hotspur – is there any other team..?
Get to know Vicki:
I have lived in Cumbria all my life. Before going in to teaching, I carried out a range of other jobs including: working for a successful local artist, being a dental nurse, being a restaurant supervisor and I also trained as a Travel Agent! Once qualified, I worked in a range of different schools before settling on my career at Shap which I have enjoyed since the day I started. Since starting teaching at Shap, my life has changed considerably, I am now the proud Mummy of three young girls and have recently adopted a dog!
I am the Staff Governor so my role is to bring a staff viewpoint and perspective to discussion and debate. I am proud of all the staff, children, Govenors and parents within the school who all have the same vision ‘to soar’.
Get to know Dorothy:
I am married to Professor Ian McColm and we live in the village of Shap, having bought a house in 2001 and moving here permanently in 2012. We have 3 grown-up children and 5 grandchildren. I am a retired teacher of chemistry and I attend St Michaels Church where I am a member of the PCC.
I grew up in the town of Ayr in Scotland and studied sciences at Glasgow University. After graduating I worked briefly for the UK Atomic Energy Authority at the Dounreay fast reactor establishment in the North of Scotland and then after marrying I became a teacher of sciences – all three up to GCE or (GCSE) level, and Chemistry to A-level. By this time we lived in England having moved first to Oxford, then Newcastle then Bradford, where we both worked for many years, Ian at the University of Bradford, and myself at two secondary schools in the city, both of which were boys’ state schools, one being in the Catholic sector. While in Yorkshire we both developed a love of walking in the dales moving on to climbing Scottish Munros and doing long-distance trails in the UK and Europe. This led to our eventual purchase of our house in Shap in 2001 so we could be nearer the hills and also nearer to my mother who still lived in Scotland.
After moving here permanently in 2012 we have tried to contribute to the community usually in church or school roles.
My favourite things are the outdoors, mainly walking, (two hip replacements have curtailed a lot of this); anything outside including sporting events, music of all sorts, especially folk and classical; I love choral music and am in two choirs locally. Happy gets-together with good food and drink especially with the family. Each year all fifteen of us meet up in a large house often in Scotland. Evening meals are a great event as we all take turns to cook – the competition is ferocious! There are many other things I could mention now I am less active such as reading a good book, doing crosswords, sewing, cooking new recipes, gardening, Scandi thrillers on TV etc. but most importantly of recent years I have so much enjoyed being part of the ‘Open the Book’ team that acts out Bible stories in schools. The rapport with the children and their keenness to take part has been amazing.
Dislikes? Listing pet hates is terribly tempting! However I have settled on a few: People who drop litter and deface our beautiful planet, Celeb culture and its accompanying bandwagons (too many this year),
Get to know Pauline:
I grew up in a small village on the outskirts of Bradford.
After leaving school I attended Catering College. This eventually led to me becoming a mobile manager travelling up and down the country. When I was sent to Kendal I met my future husband and settled there.
In 1991 we moved to Shap to a house that some of you may remember being “spooky”… hopefully not now!
During my time here I have taught First Aid for the Red Cross and have moved through Playgroup, Rose Fete, youth club and swimming pool committees as my 2 children grew. I found that I really enjoyed working with children, and loved the little “Light bulb” moments, attending many training courses and finally doing NVQs in Childcare.
I am now involved with Shap Community Enterprise.
I have a strong Christian faith and am a life long member of the Methodist Church, I now regularly attend and support St. Michaels. I, along with others, ran The Village Sunday School for many years. I am the RE link governor for school, and believe religion provides comfort in times of worry.
I am a fair-weather gardener, but love nurturing seedlings. I enjoy handcrafts (when I get the time) and still enjoy baking.
Talking of seedlings, I think of children who too need caring, nurturing as they grow in strength to be the best they can achieve.
Get to know Val:
I have recently moved back to Shap, after living and working in the northeast for twelve years. With my husband and I both being from Shap and after the birth of our second child, we decided the time was right to come home. A decision that neither of us have any regrets, it's lovely to be back with our families and friends and that our two girls can attend Shap C of E School (like the rest of our family).
When living in the northeast, I was fortunate enough to work as a Lecturer at Darlington College for 10 years which has given me a very good insight in to education, learning and development. Throughout this role, I was also held the position of Programme Leader which has given me the transferable skills to support my governor role.
I am very proud to be a part of this lovely little school, from the hard work and dedication of all the staff, to the happy smiley faces of the children I see when I'm in and around school.
Get to know Richard:
I moved to the Lake District with my wife, Jenny, in 2016 to work and play. We live in the beautiful valley of Swindale and feel very much at home here in Cumbria.
I became a governor in 2019 so it wasn’t long before COVID-19 struck. I have been so very impressed by all the staff at Shap School who have worked so incredibly hard and passionately to keep the school going and maintain a safe and secure environment for all.
A GP by background, I retired from the NHS several years ago. I now combine my passion for walking and ultra-running with work at Cotswold Outdoor at Grasmere. I get to talk about the great outdoors and kit all day!
Get to know Becky:
My family and I moved to Shap in December 2017 from south Devon. We moved here to be closer to family and to raise our children in rural community. We love exploring the local area on our bikes and in our kayaks!
At university I studied neuroscience before training as a physics teacher. I have taught in many secondary schools around the UK and in September 2020 I took up my role of physics teacher at Ullswater Community College in Penrith. I am delighted to be working in a local school and have found UCC to be a most welcoming, friendly environment.
Within my teaching career I am very interested in promoting good science and maths education in primary and early secondary school age pupils. I work within my department to actively promote the success of disadvantaged pupils. I whole-heartedly believe that education should be fairly accessible by all children, not limited by special need, background or family circumstance.
Since September 2019 I have been working with Shap parish council to help raise funds for the redevelopment of Shap Memorial Park. I am excited to be part of a community group improving the facilities available here for the youngsters of Shap.
Our daughter attends Shap C of E primary school and we have been so thankful of the support she received. Thanks to the efforts of the wonderful staff, she has settled well and is thriving. I am delighted to be joining the governing body of this fantastic school.