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Beaconside C of E Primary School & Acorn Nursery

Learning to Live...Learning to Shine

Welcome to our school website - a school where everyone learns to live and learns to shine. We are proud of our school and our Christian values. Faith Compassion Courage Hope Joy


Hello. I’m Judith Markey, the present Chairman of Governors.  It has been a great pleasure to serve as Chair of Governors and see the school grow and develop.  The school is always such a wonderful place to visit, with children smiling and learning.  It makes me very proud of all our children and hard working, committed staff.

I would like to welcome you to our Governor pages and hope it explains who we are, our role as individual governors and the role of the governing body.

Our role is that of critical friend, questioning and challenging but supportive of the school.  We set the strategic goals for the school, evaluate performance by looking at school data, examine Action Plans and ensure up-to-date policies are in place.

By studying data we can monitor children's progress and compare it with other parts of the county and nationally. We challenge the school, asking what is being done to bring about even more improvement in pupil progress.

Governors also make sure that the school correctly manages its budget and ensure that resources are allocated so our children have access to resources and buildings are fit-for-purpose.  As part of this we monitor Health and Safety procedures as well as Safeguarding.

We meet four times a year as a full governing body and recieve reports from individual governors, the headteacher and externally provided reports.  , Governors also monitor the school's performance by going on school trips, take ‘learning walks’ to understand the daily life of the school, attend collective worship and church services.

Each governor has a link with a specific area of school improvement eg reading, finance.  This means our individual skills are utilised to support the school.  An example of this is a foundation governor, promoted by the local churches to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is being followed and that each of your children is being valued as an individual. 

You can contact me as Chair of Governors through the office on 01768 840868, or email office@beaconside.cumbria.sch.uk.  Alternatively you can write to me and hand to the school office.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and governor pages.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.



Mrs Judith Markey

Chair of Governors