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Governor Profiles

Vice Chair – Paul Moody

I have been a governor at Dearham School since 2009. All four of my children have been through the School since our family moved to Dearham in 2007 from Yorkshire. I am keen to support the school and always want to know what is going on. I am happy for parents, staff or students to contact me if they have any feedback or suggestions for the Governing Body. I am also a Governor at Cockermouth School. I have worked in a wide variety of roles within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Covering roles such as operational delivery, project management, governance, stakeholder management and policy work enables me to bring a wide variety of different management skills to the Governing Body.

Chair: Joan Kearton

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Although not native to Cumbria, I am proud to be a part of this community that I now call home.
Having worked in education as a teacher of English and Director of Learning for more than twenty years, my role as Chair of Governors is one that I am passionate about. I firmly believe in the power of education and the importance of quality first teaching in developing the lives and opportunities of young people. I consider it a privilege to be able to help guide and influence the future of our community.


Headteacher: Samantha Kidd

I am Executive Headteacher of Dearham and Northside. I hold NPQH and a Masters in Inclusive Education.
This is my fourth headship. I am a National Leader of Education, Ofsted Inspector and my other school is a National Support School.
Northside is a fantastic school and has been on a rapid journey to improvement. The pupils are polite and well-mannered and the parents are supportive. I am proud to be head of such a special place.

Janet Simpson
I am a non-teaching staff governor and governor for safeguarding.  I work in the school as business manager across the Multi Academy Trust after completing the relevant exams for the qualification in March 2013.  I am a deputy safeguarding contact on the school staff and keep up to date with all aspects of safeguarding in this busy environment.   I have worked in this bustling, growing  school for 15 years, as administrator before undertaking business manager training when Dearham School became an academy in 2011.  Northside School joined our Multi Academy Trust in March last year and with Flimby School joining soon my role is growing which I find very enjoyable.  Dearham School is very well regarded in the community and I feel privileged to be a part of that.

Louise Maguire
I am a community governor with two children in the school. I grew up in the village and attended the school so I’m very aware of the important role that the school has in community life. I work in the civil service and my role involves regular communication with our stakeholders and monitoring the effectiveness of our work. These are skills I can bring to support the school and the governing body to strive for continuous improvement. Education is a truly important part of a child’s life so we need to work together to maintain the healthy and happy environment that the school has created to help our children thrive.

Lindsay Walker
My name is Lindsay Walker and I am a staff governor at Dearham Primary School. I have worked at Dearham Primary School for seven years and am now Deputy Head for Early Years and Key Stage One. I feel very lucky and privileged to both work and act as a governor at our school. Dearham Primary School has created some wonderful memories for both my two children and I. I have a 12 year old son Finlay, who thoroughly enjoyed his time at Dearham School and through the excellent range and breath of activities offered at the school found a lifelong skill and talent for cross-country running, representing the county during his time at our school. My daughter Lucy is currently in Year 4 and I feel very lucky to be able to witness her progress in learning first hand. I have been teaching now for fourteen years and throughout my time at Dearham I have taught in every year group, I feel this gives me an excellent knowledge and experience to represent the staff on the governing board and help develop our school to provide our children with the best possible education.

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