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Welcome to our Governors' section. Here you can find information on the role of the Governing Board, who the governors are and find minutes of previous meetings. 

The Local Governing Board consists of individuals who are committed to improving the education of all pupils at Langdale Primary School.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the Local Authority, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of skills, views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors do not represent the parents at the school and do not report back to them.

Governors are part of the strategic leadership of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For an academy school like Langdale, we also have an additional layer of strategic challenge in our Trustees. Trustee details can be found here.

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

When a school is inspected by Ofsted, its governing body will be required to show evidence that governors conform with their three core functions.

As part of these three core functions governors have to:

  • Ask the right questions
  • Be aware of the importance of objective data and their sources
  • Set policies, targets and priorities for achieving those objectives
  • Monitor performance and progress towards those objectives
  • Review achievements against the set aims and objectives
  • Enable better governance through training, review and planning

Another aspect of the governors role has traditionally been referred to as being a ‘critical friend’ of the school, whereby, in addition to the duties laid out above, governors can and should also:

  • Offer support
  • Provide constructive advice
  • Act as a sounding board - for the headteacher’s ideas
  • Give a second opinion on proposals - which includes asking questions and challenging assumptions
  • Help in arriving at the best solution - to further the best interests of the school

If you have any queries about the school please contact the Headteacher in the first instance, but the governors will be keen to hear from any parents who wish to provide feedback. You can contact the governors by email at

Meet the team:


Caroline Brunt: (Chair) Parent Governor
serving until April 2025

I have two children within our wonderful school and see the fantastic potential this school has to build on the improvements of recent years.  I am a Mortgage Broker with too many years' experience to mention and love working with people to realise their dreams.  I really appreciate the opportunity of helping inspire children to achieve their dreams too.  I meet with various local businesses on a regular basis and feel I can use my experience and contacts to enhance the schools' ambitious plans.

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

Rosie Howells: Co-opted Governor
serving until April 2028

Rosie is the manager of an outstanding Early Years setting, she is the EYFS and Safeguarding link Governor and is a member of the Appeals committee.

Business or pecuniary interests: Owns a local childcare provision

Membership of other school governing boards: None

Julie Warrington: Co-opted Governor
 Serving until March 2026

Julie works in a school with alternative provision. She brings an extreme wealth of knowledge from her educational and SEND background.

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

Becky Bell: Co-opted governor
Serving until November 2026

Becky has extensive knowledge of school development through her role as headteacher. She also specialises in Early Years.

Business or pecuniary interests: Headteacher of a school within the trust

Membership of other school governing boards: None

Jamie Baxter: Staff Governor
Serving until November 2026

Jamie is the Inclusion Lead/Assistant Headteacher and Teaching and Learning Lead for the school. He supports the teaching and learning governor and Inclusion link governor.

Riva Arnold: Co-opted governor
Serving until June 2027

With a background in finance, Riva makes an excellent finance link governor. She has extensive knowledge of challenge in the financial and from being a previous parent at the school, she has extensive knowledge of the school and its history. 

Business or pecuniary interests: None

Membership of other school governing boards: None

Louise Quick: Co-opted governor
Serving until December 2027

Term of office from 6 Dec 2023 to 5 Dec 2027. First appointed on 6 Dec 2023. Nominated by LGB

Louise works at Keele University, but has previously taught at Langdale Primary School. Her expertise is in SEND and she has now assumed the position of SEND/Inclusion governor. 

Mrs Cartwright: Headteacher

​Mrs Cartwright automatically became a member of the Governing Board when she became Headteacher in November 2019, and will remain a member throughout her employment in this role. She is also a member of the Staffing Committee

​Business or pecuniary interests: Employee of Langdale Primary School

Membership of other school governing boards: Thursfield Primary School



Associate members:

​When the Governing Board have a skills gap or require additional capacity they are able to appoint Associate Members to help fulfill their duties. Associate Members attend meetings and receive all paperwork but do not have voting rights. Our current Associate Members are:

Mrs Nadin: Deputy Headteacher
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