Beetham C Of E Aided Primary School

Our Current Governors

Dennis Wright – Foundation Governor

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.

Abi Johnson – Head Teacher

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.

Sarah Easton – Associate Governor

What an amazing year – I have learnt about Roman mosaics, the artist Kandinsky and the tallest mountain on each continent…… my Thursday afternoons have been spent supporting Art and DT sessions with years 3, 4, 5 and 6. It has been a wonderful way to learn about education in its widest sense and also to observe a curriculum area in fine detail. Being a Governor is not all about balance sheets and Head Teacher reports!

Kirsty Klijn – Staff Governor

I have worked at Beetham C E Primary School as a part time Key Stage 2 teacher for 8 years now but began my teaching career over 25 years ago. I was born and brought up in Surrey and moved to Cumbria in 1990 when I went to teacher training college in Ambleside. I have had the pleasure of being on the governing body for over 4 years now as a staff governor; serving on the Curriculum and Staffing committee. My role includes representing the staff views and helping answer questions regarding curriculum, teaching and learning. It is a pleasure to work alongside such a supportive team of governors who do everything possible to help ensure the school continues to thrive.

Father Andrew Norman – Ex officio Priest in Charge

The Reverend Andrew Bryan Norman has 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 he was the Assistant Curate of the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry serving nine parishes in the south of the Diocese of Carlisle.

Andrew serves at the moment as ex-officio Foundation Governor here in Beetham as well as at the Church of England Primary Schools in Arnside and Storth.  In the wider church, Andrew serves on a number of committees including the Bishop’s Council and the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the care of church buildings as well as serving an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands supporting candidates exploring a call to ordained ministry.

Andrew was an undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he studied History after which he completed a Theology degree at the University of Oxford whilst undertaking his theological training for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Andrew is a native Cumbrian, born and brought up on Solway Firth in the village of Abbey Town, and enjoys good quality television, exploring, reading, learning new things, a wide range of music, and laughing.

Viv Stirrup – Foundation Governor

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.

John Lomax – Foundation Governor

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!

Brian Smalley – Local Authority Governor

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.

Christos Christou – Foundation Governor

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 soon to be 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.

Dawn Shepherd – Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor at the start of 2020 and I have two children attending Beetham School. As a secondary MFL teacher since 2004, I have a keen interest in education, and I am interested to learn more about the priorities of primary education. My main motivation for taking on this new opportunity, however, was due to my own experience of Beetham School. Both of my children love going to school and I would therefore like the opportunity to contribute more to school life. I am looking forward to finding out more about the workings of the governing body and how we support staff, pupils and parents within the school.

Katharine Parrot-Edwards – Foundation Governor

Vacant – Parent Governor