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NLS Governors

North Lakes School has a team of Governors whose main responsibilities are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school;
  • Holding the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the Appraisal of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the funding provided is well spent.


They work with the Headteacher to plan for the improvement and development of the school.  They visit the school frequently and meet on a regular basis to consider issues of leadership and management, teaching and learning, outcomes for pupils, pupil safety and wellbeing.  The Governors’ key aim is to support the Headteacher, staff, pupils and parents in planning and delivering the best outcomes for the school.


There are often opportunities to join the Governing Body and we would welcome expressions of interest from parents who would like to join us to help make a difference to the school.  Please contact the school office if you would like to know more. 


‘Governors provide just the right balance of support and challenge for leaders. They are frequent visitors and know the school very well.’ - Ofsted 2018

Updated Sep 23


Co-Opted Governors:

  • Mrs Jackie Alderson (Teaching & Learning Committee; Leadership & Management Committee) I am interested in what makes people tick and enjoy helping others reach their potential.  I am married with 2 daughters, a dog and 2 pigs!
  • Mrs Fiona Askins  (Vice Chair of Governors, Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes Committee; Leadership & Management Committee) - Head of Savings at Penrith Building Society and a member of the Chamber of Trade Executive team. I love family and friends time above everything!
  • Dr Martin Duke (Chair of Governors, Curriculum & Impact Committee; Leadership & Management Committee) - I joined in March 16. Recently retired chemist after 36 yr in industry. Enjoy walking, narrowboats, canals, cooking and all things science.
  • Mrs India Campbell (Teaching & Learning Committee)
  • Mrs Marie Gates (Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes Committee) I qualified as a certified accountant 12 years ago and work at a local accountancy firm. I am married with two children and I enjoy spending time with family and friends. 


Local Authority Governor:

  • Mrs Liz Appleby (Curriculum & Impact Committee) joined March 2019, work in Special Education supporting teaching staff in analysing Outcomes for Learners.  I love to learn and helping others to enjoy their learning.  Very keen sports fan and hill walker.


 Parent Governors:

  • Mrs E Scantlebury (Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes Committee) I am a qualified Level 3 Beauty Therapist and former pupil of North Lakes School; it’s future is very important to me. I love nothing more than time with my family, I am married with two daughters and a son. 
  • Mrs J Adamson-Parker (Curriculum and Impact) After working in Film and Television for many years, I now spend my time writing and learning new things. Moving to Penrith from Leeds, I love being able to swim in the local lakes and develop my love of photography. I have two sons and look forward to getting involved with North Lakes School. 
  • Mrs Zoe Carney (Teaching and Learning) I have three children, two currently attending North Lakes School. I also run a local buisness and support school as part of the Friends of North Lakes group. I am looking forward to working as part of the Teaching and Learning committee as part of the governors.
  • Vacancy


  • Mrs Nicole Spibey-  Having taught in London, Manchester and South Cumbria, it is a privilege to be working with, learning from and supporting the children, staff, governors and community of North Lakes School. 


Staff Governor:

  • Mrs Lindzi Greenwood (Curriculum & Impact Committee)


Contact the Chair of Governors

To Contact the chair of governors please complete the contact form below. Contact details can be requested from the school office.