A warm welcome from the Governing Body of The Lakes School. Here, you will find details about our work to ensure that The Lakes School builds on its reputation as an outstanding place for learning and care. Our most recent Annual Statement can be found below and this demonstrates our commitment to supporting our students, parents, staff and the local community. Below, you can also meet all of the members of our Governing Body; a highly experienced and dedicated team.

Mr B Smith, Chair of Governors, can be contacted by telephoning the school reception on 015394 40810

Governing Body Membership
Name of GovernorGovernor RoleAppointedEnd of TermStatus
Bill SmithChair of Governors21st March 202320th March 2026Co-opted - appointed by the governing body
Hannah IrwinVice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding Governor
9th November 20218th November 2025Parent – Elected by the parents
Sharon RaineyHeadteacher29th March 2023-Ex-officio
Sarah McGrawSEND Governor26th March 20197th November 2026Co-opted - appointed by the governing body
Alison Magee-Barker11th July 202310th July 2027
Iris PorrezAssociate member19th March 202418th March 2025Co-opted - appointed by the governing body
Catherine Greenall8th February 20227th February 2026Co-opted - appointed by the governing body
Laurie Dickinson19th September 202318th September 2027Staff – elected by staff
Liz Alderson12th February 202111th February 2025Parent – elected by the parents
Jacqui DouglasDisadvantaged Pupils Governor12th February 202111th February 2025Parent – elected by the parents
Gareth O'Rourke13th July 202112th July 2025Co-opted - appointed by the governing body
Sian TaylorClerkClerk - appointed by the governing body
Nigel Coppin12th December 202211th December 2026Parent – Elected by the parents
Helen Osborne12th December 202211th December 2026Parent – Elected by the parents

Bill Smith

Bill became a Co-opted Governor in March 2015. He is the chair of the Full Governing Body and the Community, Communications and Marketing Committee. Bill is a director of two local companies, is actively involved in three local charities and, until November 2016, represented the Applethwaite Ward on Windermere Town Council. Bill is a recognised expert in the provision of bespoke business support focused on identifying opportunities to revitalise retail activity in towns and villages across the UK.

Ms S Rainey

Sharon Rainey


is Headteacher at The Lakes School.

Hannah Irwin

Hannah joined the governing body in December 2017. She is an experienced marketer working for a large local employer. Hannah is a former Lakes School student and is passionate about the role the school has in our local community and its reputation as an outstanding place for learning and care.

For the past 10 years Hannah has been involved with a number of different committees at primary schools and a local charity.

Hannah is the Governor with responsibility for safeguarding and also sits on two committees; Community, Communications and Marketing and Staffing, Teaching and Learning.

Sarah McGraw

Sarah joined the governing body in December 2013. She is a chartered management accountant and has worked for some large household names. Sarah currently works for a large local employer. She is a former Lakes School student and lives in Bowness, with her husband and two children. Both Sarah’s children attend the Lakes School. Sarah has been an active member of the PTA at her children’s primary school for many years.

Catherine Greenall

Catherine joined the governing body in December 2017. She is a Primary school teacher working at a local Windermere school and a former pupil herself at the Lakes School. Catherine’s two children attend the Lakes School and she is eager to support the journey children take from the primary setting right through to KS4 and beyond.

Catherine lives in Bowness and has previously run her own business; she continues to enjoy all aspects of being part of a thriving community which has The Lakes School at its heart. She is very proud of the outstanding teaching and learning that takes place at the school and the care each individual child receives.

Catherine sits on the Staffing, Teaching and Learning committee.

Alison Magee-Barker

Alison is a co-opted Governor and joined the Governing body in September 2023. She is a Results-Focused Business Consultant, Coach, and Trainer with a passion for helping individuals and organisations seeking growth, innovation and outstanding results under the umbrella of AJ Lakes Consultancy and AJ Lakes Training Academy Ltd. Alison is driven to help future talent development and committed to shaping the future of the Lakes School to ensure every student receives the best educational experience possible setting them on a great career path. Alison has over thirty years of experience in the Hospitality Industry and a proven track record of delivering tangible results and driving positive change.

Jacqui Douglas

Jacqui Douglas is a parent to two children at the Lakes School. She has run a small recruitment business based in Bowness for over 20 years which recruits lawyers for multinational businesses.
Jacqui has previously worked as a parent governor for St Martin & St Marys School. As a result, she brings over 20 years business and staff management and recruitment experience as well as prior experience of working as a parent governor and understanding of how she can best support a local school.

Liz Alderson

Liz trained as a nurse and has worked on and off for over 30 years for the NHS. She has experience of teaching and leading NVQ’s in Wales and NHS Modernisation Programmes with project management and senior leadership working in Australia and Oxford.

After relocating to Lancaster in 2008 and having three small children to bring up she became involved and interested in schools and education. She was a governor for a Sure Start Centre and Chair of a PTA, and also trained for and worked as a Learning Support Mentor at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.

She moved again to Bowness and her youngest child now attends The Lakes School. She recently went back to the NHS during COVID, currently runs a small business and works as a volunteer for the elderly in the local community.

She believes passionately that children and young people should be able to access the best quality education and experience within an inclusive culture in their local community.

She has an interest in Safeguarding, Send as well as quality of teaching and the curriculum. She enjoys investing time and energy working with the team to ensure we have a happy, successful school for all its pupils and staff.

Gareth O'Rourke

Gareth became a co-opted Governor in 2021. He holds several volunteer roles which include as NED for Carlisle Cathedral Enterprises and as a Mentor for Tech Manchester, helping tech start-ups. Originally from Ambleside and a former student at The Lakes School, Gareth currently runs a digital marketing agency “We Are Digital” in the area and is a director of several other ecommerce businesses which include Zleepy and The Lake District Hub a platform set up to help local tourism businesses during the Covid pandemic. Gareth is recognised as one of the leading digital marketing experts within the North West region and is passionate about all things digital and giving young people the opportunities to build careers.

Dr Laurie Dickinson

Details soon

Helen Osborne

I have lived in Windermere all my life and I am happy to be able to raise my children here too.  Being part of such a wonderful community makes me proud of being a ‘Windermerian’.
When I was volunteering as a Scout leader, with Beavers, I realise how much I loved working with children and it pushed me to re-train and go back to college in 2016.  Having completed my training at Lancaster and Morecambe College in 2018, I was lucky enough to secure a Senior Teaching Assistant position at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School in Windermere in September 2020.
Prior to join St Cuthbert’s in 2020 I had the pleasure in working, for a short period, at a specialist school who cater for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.  And before this I worked in the insurance industry for 13 years so I feel I have a wide variety of knowledge to offer.
My elders son attends The Lakes School and my youngest is due to start in the coming September.  I am very thankful to the teaching staff for providing such a good learning environment that has allowed my son to find his strengths, to stay focused and to achieve wonderful things so far.
I am looking forward to being part of the team who thrive to ensure The Lakes School succeed.

Nigel Coppin

My family and I relocated to Windermere in June 2021 from Hampshire and both my children attend the Lakes School.  I have previous experience as both a parent and foundation governor at my children’s former primary school in Wiltshire. During my time as governor, I acted as the chair of Finance and Resourcing Committees in addition to being the Vice Chair of the full governing body.   I completed nearly 20 years service as an Officer in the Royal Navy and on retiring from the Service, I moved to the Ministry of Defence as a Senior Project Manager/Business Change Manager and more recently have moved to a role in the NHS as a major projects manager.   I hope to bring a wide range of varying skills and experiences from my previous careers to the Governing Body and hope to be an active and productive member. 

Having joined the governing body in Jan 23, I look forward to supporting the school and investing my time in any way that I can to ensure that it continues to be a thriving and successful school for my children, pupils, staff, and the community as a whole.

Iris Porrez

Details soon

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