OUR GOVERNORS

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 Governors26th March 201925th March 2023Co-opted- appointed by the governing body
Hannah IrwinVice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding Governor
9th November 20218th November 2025Parent – Elected by the parents
Sharon RaineyActing Headteacher1st September 2022-Ex-officio
Sarah McGrawSEND Governor26th March 201925th March 2023Co-opted- appointed by the governing body
Alan Katz26th March 201925th March 2023Co-opted- appointed by the governing body
Catherine Greenall8th February 20227th February 2026Co-opted- appointed by the governing body
Laurie Dickinson1st September 20191st September 2023Staff – 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

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

EX OFFICIO

is Acting 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.

Alan Katz

Alan is a chartered accountant, retired from practice in corporate recovery and insolvency work, and continues to be involved with professional examinations and service on insolvency technical committees. He is a Rotarian and is involved with a number of local and international charitable causes.

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

I have a varied background of life experience through bringing up three children, work and volunteering roles and can currently offer more generalist experience. I was a nurse for the NHS for 20 years, moving to general management, project management and Head of Recruitment and Retention (job share with an HR manager). Whilst looking after my children and moving area, I then worked in a Grammar School as a learning support assistant, helping and supporting those with a variety of behavioural, medical and mental health needs. Recently I’ve worked as a home carer and a volunteer for Age UK. When my children were small I was a parent Governor at a Sure Start Centre in Lancaster. I was also Chair of the PTA at my children’s Primary School. I’m currently thinking about joining St John’s Ambulance to help with the provision of Vaccines for Covid 19.

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

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