Mrs. Karen Shankland - Head Teacher

Being a Director is an interesting part of my role in school. Working with the parents, members of our local community and staff who make up the Board of Director’s is both important and enjoyable, in deciding on the strategic direction of our school and involving these stakeholders in our school community. We meet as a Board twice a term with sub committees meeting termly. Directors visit school on a regular basis to work alongside staff and children in the classrooms and to support me in my role as Head. You can read the minutes of our meetings on the noticeboard in school and also on this site.

Mr. Carl Whild - Chair of Directors

Both my children attended Broughton School and as a member of the village community I felt it was important to ‘give something back’ in the form of becoming a Director. The school is very much an integral part of village life and as such it is important to support the children of our future.  

I became Chair of Director’s three years ago, a role I thoroughly enjoy. I sit on both the Finance/ Staffing and Health and Safety Committee’s and try to get into school as often as possible. 

Mrs. Sue Bryden - Clerk

I have been associated with Broughton Primary School for a number of years now – my children have been pupils at the school. Over the years I have delivered IT classes to both adults and children, been a member of KABS and ‘filled in’ as a Lunchtime Supervisor and Kitchen Assistant. I have held the post of Clerk to the Directors since 2001.

Mr. Ray Dobie

I became a Governor when nominated from the Parish Council (1981) as their representative on the Governing body. I am now one of the School Directors. My two sons have both been pupils at the school. I have special interest in the use of ICT across the school and in Community links.

Mrs. Kate Wilson

I have lived in West Cumbria for 35 years and both of my children attended Broughton Primary Academy School. The school has played a major role in my family’s life and given my children an excellent start on their journey to become confident, successful and well-rounded individuals. I believe that a school can have a huge influence on not only a child’s life but also on the lives of parents, carers and the local community.

I joined the Board of Directors after taking early retirement from my teaching post at Broughton where I was responsible for teaching children in Key Stage 1, whilst also having additional leading roles in Literacy and the mentoring of trainees and newly qualified teachers.

As a Director of Broughton Primary Academy School, I look forward to maintaining my links with the school and working as part of a team to ensure that all the children achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning experience.

Mr. Darron Cookson - Safeguarding

I have 2 children attending Broughton School. As a Director I am able to see how the school both educates and looks after the welfare of my own children and those within the local community, and to be involved in the process. I work as an Anaesthetic Nurse in the local hospital and have a degree in Outdoor Studies. My background means I have a particular interest in child welfare and the Eco ethos of the school. I have been lucky enough to be involved in the development of the Forest School led by Miss Ford and it is great to see the progress of the children involved and watch them enjoying the outdoors.

Mr. Gary Tomlinson - Vice Chair

I became a Director of Broughton Primary School as I wanted to be more involved in the school my daughter attends.  I have an engineering background and I am keen to promote Science and Engineering within the school and the local community.  I also have a son with Special Educational Needs so I am particularly interested in ensuring that every child receives the correct level of support while at the school.

Mrs Anna Bewsher - Teacher Representative

I'm the staff Director for the coming year or two, representing the employed school community. I've been teaching here since 2006 and really enjoy the family atmosphere in school. 

Mrs. Jeanette Hodgson

I have been a Director at Broughton Primary for four years. We moved to Great Broughton from Whitehaven 4 years ago and when my son started at Broughton Primary I was keen to get involved with the school. I enjoy helping out taking children on outdoor events when I can and, with my background being in sciences, I am hoping to get more involved in class work.

Mr. Kelvin Kirkup

As a parent with two boys in the school I became a Director with the aim of helping the school progress in whichever way I can to continue to provide a fantastic environment for our young people to grow and flourish. With a personal interest in cycling it was a pleasure to help out with both cycling club and our schools visit to the Tour of Britain and I hope to get more involved as the year rolls on.

 Dr. Huw Morgan

I've been a Director of Broughton Academy since the Spring of 2016, having known the headteacher for a number of years. Before retiring in 2014, I worked for 36 years in the nuclear industry, most recently working in business and strategy development for the National Nuclear Laboratory. With increasing emphasis being placed on running Academies efficiently, I'm keen to use my business experience to help our school offer the best education experience possible. Apart from the main Directors' activities, I'm a member of the Finance and Staffing, and Health and Safety subcommittees and have volunteered as a minibus driver!

Mrs Kay Woodcock

I have lived in Broughton for the past 13 years, I have two children, my daughter attends Broughton School at present and my son will start nursery when he turns 3.  My motivation for joining the Board of Directors is to help support the teaching and support staff to ensure the children at Broughton School are given the best education, opportunities and experiences possible.  My background is in education, I currently teach PE at a local Secondary school and in addition to my teaching role I manage the transition process between primary and secondary.  I am a strong believer in the importance of children’s health and fitness and hope to encourage Broughton School to continue with their participation in sporting and extra-curricular activities.

Mrs. Ann Jefferson

I have lived in Great Broughton for more than forty years. Two of my sons and one grandson attended Broughton Primary School and over the years I have also been involved with the school professionally both in my role working for the County Council as a Special Needs teacher and more recently as part-time Senco. Since retiring from that post I have been the Director with special responsibility for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and now also Chair the Curriculum Committee. 

I have taught in further education, been a primary class teacher, and worked for several years in a Pupil Referral Unit, having qualified as a specialist in behaviour and emotional difficulties. I maintain a strong interest in SEND, not least because I have an adult son with severe learning disabilities. I enjoy going into school to work with children occasionally and am happy to have the opportunity to use my experience in this way.

I am an active member of the local church and am very glad to see the positive links the school has with the church. In my spare time I enjoy playing music with a U3A group and a ceilidh band, being part of the Punch Bowl quiz team, and spending time with grandchildren. I also started a small music group that now meets fortnightly in the church. 


Broughton Primary School Academy

Moor Road, Great Broughton, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 0YT

Tel: 01900 828971


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