Mrs Anna Bewsher - 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.

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 curriculum having been employed by the LEA in the fields of computing, electronics and pneumatics.  I also help foster community links, starting in 1990 with running computer classes for adults from beginners to qualification level. I help our parents fundraising committee (KABS) with some of their events. Having an interest in local history, three of my tomes (History of the School; Derwent Pickering, poet; and Broughton WW1) have helped bring funding into the school.

Last but not least I am one of the drivers of the mini-bus when required!

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.

Mrs Gemma Hannah

I have lived in West Cumbria all of my life and am the mother of two children. I recently joined the Board of Directors at Broughton Primary School. I have experience in safeguarding and wanted to become a Director at the school to utilise my knowledge and skills and to assist in providing the children with the best possible education and experiences. 



Ms Caroline Bateman

I'm a GP who moved to the village  several years ago. I'm invested in the village and am a member of the local church. I'm also a university teacher. I'm very proud to be associated with Broughton Primary School and look forward to supporting them further.

Miss Danielle Robinson - Teacher Representative

I am the new staff representative to the Board of Directors this year.  I am also part of the Curriculum committee.  I am lookling forward to undertaking the role of Director as it will be a great experience to learn and understand how a school runs 'behind the scenes'. It will also give me the opportunity to act as the representing 'voice' for our current staff members!



Mr Kelvin Kirkup

Hi, I'm Kelvin originally from Bishop Auckland in County Durham, as a family we made the decision to move over here roughly 5 years ago to the new estate on Church Meadows. It was at the time when my eldest was about to start school and we had to make a decision where we wanted to spend the rest of our lives and where we wanted the boys to grow up. We have lived in the village for going on 5 years now in the new part of Church Meadows. I currently have 3 sons 2 of whom attend the school as we speak and a little one who will hopefully attend in a few years time.I quickly realised what a great community this is and also what a fantastic school we have on our doorstep!  I became a Director around 3 years ago now after spending time at the school and helping out with Cycling Club on a Saturday morning. During this experience I formed a good relationship with a number of children and thought I would like to do more when I could. I have since continued to volunteer for Cycling Club, been on a residential to London and went on a visit to Maryport Aquarium with the current Year 2's, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. As a parent myself I realise that our children are the most important elements of our lives. As a Director I bring experience from both the customer service and the financial sector to influence decisions made in the best way possible to continue the success of the school but more importantly the success of our children.

 Dr Huw Morgan

Hello, My name is Huw Morgan, and I've been a Director at Broughton for about 2 years. We've lived in Cumbria for nearly 27 years now, having been in Preston before that, although my roots are in North Wales, as you might guess from the name. Neither of our two boys attended Broughton since we live in Papcastle, but both were taught by Mrs Shankland in her previous life at Bridekirk, and since my wife Jane has volunteered in school (with Mrs Wilson and now with Miss Lightfoot) for over 7 years, I feel I know the school pretty well. Before I retired three years ago, I'd worked in the nuclear industry for 37 years, originally as technical researcher, but in later years in resource management and commercial roles. In my last 10 years I was Strategy Director for the Government-owned National Nuclear Laboratory, based at Sellafield, a job which took me to countries all over the globe.Whilst I'm not an education expert, I think I bring an understanding of the commercial and business world to the Board of Directors, and I've specific experience of developing and running small businesses and of the legal requirements they bring, which I believe is important given Broughton Primary's Academy status as a Limited Liability Company.Apart from being Chair of the main Board Directors, I sit on the Finance and Staffing sub-committee.

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. 


Mr Peter French

Hello my name is Peter French and I have lived in Cockermouth since 1990 when I had the privilege of joining Cockermouth School. First I was Head of History and then became Assistant Headteacher under the then Head Mike Wilde. I held that senior post until I retired 3 years ago. During my time at Cockermouth School we believed strongly in community and strove to develop strong links between our feeder primary schools and ourselves. We took great pride in bringing pupils from wide and varied backgrounds and then helping them to achieve whatever potential they had. I still believe strongly in those principles of community as well as potential and have had many dealings with Broughton School down through the years firstly through Mike Kidd and the recently retired Karen Shankland. I want to give something back and therefore help a good small rural school to thrive in these challenging times. 


Mrs Gilda Wells 

Hello my name is Gilda Wells and I have recently joined the Board of Directors.  Although I live in Seaton both of my grandsons attend the school and I am often in Broughton.  As I am able to drive the school minibus I help at Forest School weekly and with school trips.  I started  my working life in a bank then worked for Lloyd Motors for 20 years in various roles.  Because of my financial background I became the assistant accountant and then when more dealerships were opened in Carlisle I produced the management accounts and ran the administration at Cockermouth.  When the company became fully computerised I moved to Carlisle as the Parts Manager at the Landrover and Rover dealership.  I was then recruited by Audi UK to work as a Development Consultant looking after all the centres in Scotland and Northern Ireland where I dealt with staff recruitment, development and training.  I then went on to lead a team of seven other consultants across the country.   My last working role was running a Mental Health charity across Cumbria.  I am also the Treasurer at the Theatre Royal Workington and Chair the Board of Trustees at Chrysalis in Wigton where we provide day care services for the learning disabled.  I am also a trustee of a local charity DeWoDe (Dedicated Women in Development) which is based in Northern Uganda where we have built a health centre.  I have been going out to Uganda on a regular basis for the last 20 years and recently gave  a talk to the school.

I am looking forward to finding out more about how the school runs and hope my Business Financial and HR expertise will be of benefit to the schools future.



Broughton Primary School Academy

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

Tel: 01900 828971


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