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Dear Parent


We have a vacancy for a parent governor for our Federated Governing Body. If you are interested in applying, please see the relevant paperwork in the vacancies section on this site for application information.


For further information please contact the chair of the Governing Board, David Davidson:


Thank you,


L Martin ( Clerk to Governors) 


Shared with: Arlecdon Primary School, URN: 147395, Thornhill Primary School, URN: 147396


Chair of local governing body

David Davidson

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2021

I am Interim Chair of Governors for the local federated governing body at Arlecdon and Thornhill.  I was born, brought up and educated in Scotland but have lived in Cumbria for 24 years.    I have been married for 25 years and I have two sons.  After completing an MA in Financial Economics I started work in the banking sector.  I then moved into the Manufacturing sector.  I started in export sales then worked in planning, moved into a role as a Business Analyst and back into a more senior role in planning.  I worked with people from all over the world and really enjoyed the mix of roles that I undertook.  Fifteen years ago, I moved to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and have undertaken a number of roles in performance report and project controls, with a 7-year stint at Dounreay on the far north coast of Scotland.  I am currently a Performance Report Manager.  I have always kept livestock, until I had children I bred and showed horses (light-weight hunters) and at present we have three Nubian goats.  In the past I have kept sheep, pigs, rheas, geese, ducks and hens. A number of years ago I was a governor of a C of E primary school.  I undertook this role for 4 years and was vice-chair for 3 of those 4 years.  I have been Chair of Governors for Cumbria Futures Federation  (Solway School (Silloth) and Beaconhill  School (Aspatria)) for the last 3 1/2 years.  Bringing together two separate schools and their governing bodies to create one federated governing body.  I have also been a Business Advisor for Young Enterprise for 12 years,  taking teams as far the UK final and I was Chair of the Young Enterprise West Cumbria Board for 4 years.  For me, schools in local communities serve the same function as a vital organ in the human body,  without the vital organ the body becomes ill or dies.  Without schools' communities suffer socially and economically.  It is rewarding to be part of organisations that strive to ensure the continued wellbeing of communities by providing the best possible education within the setting of the community.


Local governors - 


Ava Grossman

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

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Dominic Fowler

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

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Fiona L'Estrange

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

I am currently the Vice Chair of the local governing body for Arlecdon and Thornhill. I moved to Cumbria from London three years ago having been a Senior Manager at a charity. I worked there daily with vulnerable and mostly young people, and am passionate about education and support of youth both in school and in the wider community. Having lived in New York for some years starting and running a publishing company, I now coach for RDA as well as swimming.  In my spare time, I enjoys horseback riding,  judging and swimming in the lakes year round.


Georgia Pearson

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

I am currently Chair for the Student Personal Development and Welfare committee. Helping and inspiring the younger generation is something I’ve always been passionate about. When I was in education myself I took the opportunity to mentor younger students, and worked alongside the teachers to help improve students’ learning - I knew I wanted to carry on supporting beyond my own school years.  I currently work in Corporate Affairs at Sellafield Ltd as an internal communications officer, where taking on additional voluntary roles in the community is actively encouraged. Becoming a governor for Thornhill and Arlecdon was a great way to continue to support and advocate education in young people and stay connected to schools in the area that I’ve lived and worked in my whole life. 

I aim to always bring passion, enthusiasm and diverse thinking to the governing body. 


Sarah Laybourne

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

I have been a governor at Arlecdon School since July 2018. Last year I became part of the Arlecdon and Thornhill federated governing body. I am the vice chair of the Student Personal Development and Welfare committee. I used to work at Arlecdon School and my two children go to the school. I am a SEN teacher and I have worked in education for over 10 years in various roles both with primary and secondary aged pupils.


Claire Murray

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 30/09/2020 To: 29/09/2024

My name is Claire Murray and I am a staff governor. I have been employed as a KS2 senior teacher at Thornhill since September 2017 and I am also Disadvantage Lead for both Arlecdon and Thornhill schools. I am currently a member for the Performance and Quality and Student Personal Development and Welfare Committees.


Emma Sloan

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 20/11/2020 To: 19/11/2024

My name is Emma Sloan and I am a parent governor, I have three beautiful children, two of which attend Arlecdon School.  I am relatively new to the governing board; however, I am sure my skill-set as a Commercial Manager working on multi million pound contracts and 25 years’ experience in the Nuclear Industry will transfer into the education setting to ensure our children get the best opportunities and can excel. In my spare time I am lucky enough to share the same interests as my family and enjoy listening to music and attending gigs and festivals, snowboarding and fell walking. I am a member for the Performance and Quality and Student Personal Development and Welfare committees.


Wendy Figes

Appointed by: Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal

From: 09/07/2020 To: 08/07/2024

I am the Executive Headteacher at Arlecdon Primary and Thornhill Primary Schools. I have a degree in History from University College London and a PGCE from the University of Hertfordshire. I started my teaching career in Hemel Hempsted in a Year 5 class but soon moved to London where I worked in the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham. I moved to Cumbria in 2008 and started working at Thornhill Primary. I became Headteacher of Thornhill Primary in 2011, following NPQH training with the National College. I became an Executive Headteacher in 2013. I became a local leader of education in 2017 and represent the area on the Local Area System Leaders board (LASL). 


Jackie McLellan (Resigned)

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 Resignation Accepted: 27/11/2020


Owen David (Resigned)

Appointed by: Appointed by foundation/Trust

From: 09/07/2020 Resignation Accepted: 03/02/2021

Overview of Governor Documents 2020-2021

Overview of Governor Documents 2018-19