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Diocesan recruitment drive for school governors

The Church of England in Cumbria is set to launch a recruitment drive for more church school governors.

Currently just over one in ten church school governors positions are unfilled across the county.

Now the Diocese of Carlisle is organising a special information day for prospective governors at its retreat centre, Rydal Hall near Ambleside.

The event is on Wednesday 19 June from 6.30 pm to 8.30pm and will be free of charge.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to talk to members of staff from the Diocesan Board of Education and current church school governors.

Joyce Keetley, chair of governors at Warcop C of E Primary School and National Leader in Governance will be at the special event.

“"I really enjoy being a governor’’ she explained. ‘’Being able to see the benefits of my commitment in supporting my child's school and being part of planning for the future, are both worthwhile and rewarding."

The recruitment drive comes at a time when greater pressures are being placed on the education system.

Increased scrutiny from central government, issues around recruitment of school leaders and the need for innovative thinking to combat reduced staffing and changes in school budgets, are areas where the Diocese believes church schools face future challenges.

Sarah Nuttall, headteacher of Bishop Harvey Goodwin School, recognizes the important role governors play in the support of pupils, staff and parents.
She said: “I have become acutely aware of how important governance is in ensuring a school is effective and continues to make ongoing strides in school improvement.

“At our school, governors have played a pivotal role in promoting our ethos, vision and Christian foundation as well as ensuring we improve standards across the whole school.

“Without their ongoing commitment, tireless support, detailed knowledge and understanding of the school and appropriate professional challenge, I am convinced we should not have moved from satisfactory on the old Ofsted framework to good on the new one in just 18 months.”

Michael Mill, the Diocese’s Director of Education, Children and Young People, believes strong governance is vital to healthy schools as they look to meet the challenges of the future.

He added: “Despite recent criticism of school governors by Ofsted chief Michael Wilshaw we believe that governors can bring a wealth of experience and skills. They can help schools be successful and strong organisations in their local community and make a real difference for children.”

Anyone interested in attending the Governor Information Day can contact Sue Emery at the Diocese of Carlisle on


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.



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