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Overview of Governor Documents 2019-20

The remit of the governing board:

It is stated in the Governance Handbook that all boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


The constitution of our governing board is as follows:

  • 2 Parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 4 Co-opted governors (if applicable)

Term of office for all governors is 4 years


Welcome Letter from Owen David Chair of Governors

Meet the Governors



Owen David- Local Authority Governor ( Elected September 2018)

I’m Owen David, I’ve been a governor at Arlecdon Primary School since January 2015.  I am a Local Authority (LA) Governor, meaning after volunteering to be part of the school, I was appointed by the authority.   I work for Cumbria County Council as a Project Manager, which involves maintenance and construction of public buildings right across Cumbria.  I am married and we have two young children that take up most of my time! When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy going to the gym, cycling and fell running.


Vice Chair 

Dominic Fowler - Co-opted Governor 

I have two children in school and joined the Governing body in September 2018. 

I oversee policies and procedures.



Wendy Figes

Executive Headteacher

My name is Wendy Figes, I am the Executive Head teacher at Arlecdon Primary and Thornhill Primary Schools. I have a degree in History from University College London and a PGCE from the University of Hertfordshire. I started my teaching career in Hemel Hempsted in a Year 5 class but soon moved to London where I worked in the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham. I moved to Cumbria in 2008 and started working at Thornhill Primary. I became Head teacher of Thornhill Primary in 2011, following NPQH training with the National College. I became an Executive Head teacher in 2013. I became a local leader of education in 2017 and represent the area on the Local Area System Leaders board (LASL).



Louise Ellsworth Barnes- Co-opted Governor 

I started working with the Governing body in February 2018. I was a pupil of this school and both of my children attended here. I am heavily involved in the committee which is looking to secure the long-term future of St Micheal's church. 

I work for the local authority. I have a specific oversight of SEN and Safeguarding, including online safety. 



Jasmine Jolliffe- Teacher Governor

I have been teaching at Arlecdon for  many years and joined the Governing body in the summer of 2017.  I am the senior teacher in school and designated deputy for safeguarding. I co-ordinate music and science. I organise the local Science teachers cluster group. 



Ann Routledge - Parent Governor

My son attends Arlecdon school and I live in the village. I joined the Governing Body in Summer Term 2018.





Sarah Laybourne - Parent Governor

I have two children who attend Arlecdon Primary School and I also have been an employee of Arlecdon Primary School. I joined the Governing Body in September 2019.

We currently have a Vacancy for a Co-Opted Governor

For more info contact Sarah Barry - Clerk to Governors - Email