Governor Information

The Governing Board of Dent VA Primary School has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well-spent.

The constitution of our school’s Governing Board is as follows: 2 parent governors, 1 local authority governor, 1 head teacher, 1 staff governor, 7 foundation governors. The terms of office for governors is 4 years, except for when a governor is a governor by virtue of their position, i.e. the head teacher and the vicar.

As of June 2018, we currently have vacancies for two Foundation Governors and one Parent Governor. If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Governor, please speak to the Acting-Chair of the PCC, Janet Skublics. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please contact the Chair of the Governors, Kate Cairns.

The Education Committee: Mr I McPherson (chair – resigned 11.6.18), Mrs C Hartley (vice chair), Mrs D Bucknall, Mrs K Cairns, Mrs N Edwards, Mrs C Roberts, Mrs H Wilkinson.

Education TOR 2017- 2018

The Resources Committee: Mrs C Hartley (chair), Mrs K Cairns (vice chair), Ms H Corpe, Mrs N Edwards, Mr I Mitchell (resigned – 12.06.18), Mrs H Wilkinson.

Resources TOR 2017- 2018

 Governors Governor Category Appointing Body Appointment Date Date Stepped Down Attendance FGB


Attendance Committee 2016-1 Role & Responsibilities
Kathleen Cairns Local Authority Governing Board 14 March 2016  n/a 5/5 6/6 Chair, vice-chair (Resources), HT performance management, Pay committee, SFVS
Catherine Hartley Foundation Carlisle Diocese 17 Oct 2017  n/a 5/5 2/3 Vice chair, chair (Resources), vice-chair (Education), Pay committee


Foundation  Carlisle Diocese 31 Oct 2017 n/a n/a n/a SEND
Helen Corpe Foundation Carlisle Diocese 17 Oct 2017  n/a  n/a  n/a Safeguarding
Catherine Roberts Foundation Carlisle Diocese 30 Aug 2016 n/a 5/5 3/3 Memorial Hall liaison
Rev. Andrew McMullon Foundation  ex-officio 5th Oct 2017  n/a n/a n/a
 Ian McPherson Foundation Carlisle Diocese  21st Oct 2016  11 June 18 3/5 2/3 Chair (Education)
Nicky Edwards Head teacher Ex-officio  n/a 4/5 5/6
David Prescott  Staff  Staff  16 Nov 2015  n/a 5/5 n/a
Helen Wilkinson Parent Parents 16 May 2016  n/a 4/5 3/3 Pay committee
Ian Mitchell Parent Governing Board 13 Nov 2017 12 July 2018 n/a n/a  SFVS
Susan Johnson Foundation Carlisle Diocese 2 Oct 2013  July 2017 4/5 2/3
Linda Cragg Foundation Carlisle Diocese  24 May 2016  July 2017 5/5 2/3
Rev. Peter Boyles Foundation ex-officio  January 2017 2/2 1/1

Register of Personal and Pecuniary Interests

Governor  Name of organisation Nature of interest Date interest was registered Date of cessation of interest Notes
Kate Cairns 1. Dentdale and Garsdale Funding Group,

2. Dentdale WI,

3. Sedbergh medical practice.

4. Community transport

1. Treasurer/ trustee,

2. Treasurer,

3. Member of patient liaison group on behalf of the Parish Council

4. driver.

25 Feb 2018

5 Mar 2018

Catherine Hartley Dent VA Primary School Son attends the school. 5 Mar 2018
Diana Bucknall None None  5 Mar 2018
Helen Corpe 1. Dent VA Primary School

2. Dent Parish Church Council

1. Mother, Rita Corpe, is a voluntary worker in the school.

2. Mother, Rita Corpe, is chair of the PCC.

26 Feb 2018
Catherine Roberts Dent VA Primary School CR works as a part-time classroom assistant in Class 1. 11 Sept 2017
Rev. Andrew McMullon None None 19th Mar 2018
Ian McPherson 1.  Yorkshire Dales National Park authority

2. Sedbergh Parish Council

1. IM is an appointed member of the YDNP authority.

2. IM is a member of Sedbergh Parish Council.

5 Mar 2018
Nicky Edwards Dent Primary School Member of staff. 11 Nov 2017
David Prescott Dent Primary School Member of  staff. 27 Feb 2018
Helen Wilkinson  Julian Wilkinson (builder) HW is married to J. Wilkinson. 19th Feb 2017 Mr Wilkinson, builder, has been asked to repair the roof tiles on the school.
Ian Mitchell 1. Dent Parish Council,

2. Dent Grammar School,

3. Dent Football Club,

4. Dent Primary School


1. IM is a parish councillor,

2. IM is a governor of the Grammar School and vice chair,

3. IM is assistant manager,

4. IM’s mother, Gillian Mitchell, is a school employee.

20 Mar 2018 IM is sometimes involved in granting funding. He sometimes hires school property for other organisations