Chair of Governors  - Dr Tyrone Castles
Vice Chair of Governors   Mrs Judith Nicol
Chair of Education and Standards Mr Charlie Hansford
Chair of Finance & Pay Mrs Karen Rae
Clerk to the Governors Miss Rachael McMann 


End of Term of Office


Committee Responsibilities

Mrs Gail Gravett



Business Director


Finance and Pay

Staffing Committee

Teaching and Learning


Link with School Council, Friends of QEGS, Drama, Earth Sciences and Design Technology.


Risk Review

Mr Charlie Hansford




By Statute

Education & Standards

Staff Appeals

Pupil Discipline

Link with Local Authority and English.

Mr Paul Buckland




Education & Standards

Finance & Pay

Whole School

Mr Alan Catterson



Retired Director of Estates

Member Appointed

Finance & Pay

Pupil Discipline

Property Maintenance

Risk Review

Mrs Karen Rae


Certified Accountant (Charity Specialist)

Co-opted Finance & Pay

Link with Maths

Risk Review

Statutory Accounts

Mr John Leveson


Retired B. Soc Deputy Chief Executive

Member Appointed Finance & Pay  Link with Business & Economics, Politics and PE.

Mrs Judith Nicol


Leadership/Board Development Consultant




Co-Opted Education & Standards


Link with MFL.

Ms Sue Warner



Cover Manager / Work Experience Co-ordinator

Staff Finance & Pay  

Ms Joanne Mills


Chief Officer, Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs


Education & Standards


 Link with Sixth Form.

Mrs Tine Boving Foster




Education & Standards


Teaching and Learning

 Link with ICT and RE.

Dr Tyrone Castles


 Educator (Profession) & Hotelier (Businessman) 


Education & Standards


 Link with Science, Music and Art.

Mr Alastair Worth


Head of Sport

Staff Education & Standards  

Mr Rob Shephard


Co-Opted Education & Standards Link with SEND

Mr Michael Bauer


Principal at Cumbria Employment Solicitors

Co-Opted Education & Standards  

Miss Rachael McMann


Former Human Resources Manager and member of Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Clerk to the Govenors

Education & Standards

Finance & Pay

Staffing Committee

Staff Appeals

Pupil Discipline Committee

Risk Review Group

Prepares and circulates all meeting papers including agendas and minutes.

Advises the GB on procedural matters.

Advises on changes in Governance.

What Do Governors Do

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos & strategic direction
  • Hold the Headmaster and Senior Management Team to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

Within QEGS we achieve this through half termly meetings of Full Governors and its two sub-committees which deal in detail with the two main aspects of the governing body’s work. Each governor also acts a link between a specific department and the governing body.

Our Committees

Education and Standards

1. To monitor and review achievment, progress and attainment of students and groups of students at all levels

2. To keep under review the school's cuuriculum and ensure it complies with statutory obligations and is consistent with the aims and ethos of the school.

3. To ensure the highest possible standards of safety and well-being for all students and staff.

4. Ensure Special Educational Needs of pupils are identified and adequately resourced by reviewing and monitoring.

5. To consider and keep under review the school's pastoral care and Behaviour Poilicy.

6. To monitor and review the quality of the learning and the quality of the teaching of the curriculum.

7. Enusre all Pupils' Records are being correctly maintained and secured and ensure pupils' welfare, discipline and attendance are adequately managed by reviewing and monitoring.

8. To comment on, help prepare and monitor the relevant sections of the Quality Improvement Plan and ensure that requirements for capital expenditure, staffing and other resources, necessary to deliver the above, are referred to the Finance and Pay Subcommittee or the Full Governing Body for consideration.

9. Ensure the effective Human Resource management of the teaching staff by reviewing and monitoring and report on this to the Governing Body at least once a year.

10. Ensure that pupil related Appeals and Complaints are adequately dealt with by the school monitoring and reviewing.

11. To review and monitor the impact of those policies as indicated on the Governors' Annual Plan.

12. Receive Link Governor reports and review quality of learning.


Finance & Pay (inclusive of buildings and maintenance)

Subject to applicable statutory requirements, the committee is authorised:

1. To carry out duties as set out in the Academy’s Financial Handbook

2. To ensure prudent management of all aspects of academy finances

3. To produce & manage a three year rolling finance plan & budget in association with the Head of Finance & Head Teacher

4. To maintain the pay policy and review this on an annual basis

5. To approve any salary increase for the Head following recommendations from the Headteachers Performance Review Group 

6. To receive an annual report from the Headteacher regarding the pay implications of the annual staff review process.

7 To ensure that the School Improvement Plan includes all aspects of capital expenditure, staffing and other resources, in association with the Education & Standards Committee or the full Governing Body for consideration

8. To ensure that the academy estate provides an environment consistent with the educational aims of the establishment.

9. To ensure effective management of Human Resources associated with the above.

10. To carry out the role of the Audit Committee

11. To ensure effective management of Health and Safety throughout the school.


You can contact any of our Governors via the Clerk to the Governors at

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or by post to

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Ullswater Road Penrith CA11 7EG

File name Date Size
Link Report Template 04-01-2018 99.17 KB
Attendance Record 2017-18 28-09-2016 182.58 KB
Governor Register of Interests 01-02-2016 67.11 KB
Governor Information Booklet 2017/18 13-12-2015 163.16 KB

Full Governors

Full Governors' Minutes 08/03/2018 13-05-2018 286.53 KB
Full Governor Minutes 12/10/2017 06-02-2018 253.81 KB
Full Governor Minutes 07/12/17 16-03-2018 290.79 KB

Education and Standards

Education and Standards Minutes 07/02/2018 08-05-2018 193.64 KB
Education & Standards Minutes 27/09/2017 08-02-2018 179.33 KB
Education and Standards Minutes 22/11/2017 23-02-2018 339.25 KB

Finance and Pay

Finance and Pay Minutes 26/02/2018 08-05-2018 209.63 KB
Finance and Pay Minutes 13/11/2017 16-03-2018 246.98 KB
Finance and Pay Minutes 2/10/2017 08-02-2018 242.18 KB



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