Meet the Governors

Mrs Sandra McCormack Chair - Co-opted 
Mrs Janet Young Vice Chair - Co-opted 
Mrs Belinda Athey Headteacher
Mrs Toni Dick Staff
Mr John Rutherford LEA
Mrs Christine Young Parent
Mrs Susie Hardie Parent
 Mrs Christine Young  Co-opted
Mrs Sandra McCormack  Co-opted
VACANCY Foundation 
VACANCY Ex officio 
Mrs Sally Lamb
Mr Andrew Whincup
 Co-opted governor.
Co-opted governor.
Meet the Governors - 
Following the success of our staff pen portraits each week we will be adding a new pen portrait of the members of our governing body starting with Sandra McCormack, our Chair of Governors.

Sandra McCormack – Co-Opted Governor + Chair


  •        Originally from the North East I moved to the midlands in the late 1980s. I was a frequent returnee to see close family and friends here settled here in Whittingham in 2019.
  •        I worked for many years as a childcare social worker in local government and national charities before moving to national government programmes such as Sure Start, Childrens Centres and Early Help(0-19yr olds). In these roles I have worked with partners across the country and I now work on a freelance basis. 
  •        I am a parent of adult children who are both involved in education and I love nothing more  than to get together with them my extended family and friends as often as possible
  •        Throughout my career and my family life I have been totally committed to providing children with the best start in life and supporting families in doing so. I hope that I bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to the  role of  governor and chair
  •        I hope to be able to be more visible around school as Covid19 restrictions lift but can always be contacted via school 
  •        Something you might not know is that a few years ago, with much encouragement, support and cajoling of my daughter and my best friend I went from “Couch Potato to Half Marathon” and completed the Great North Run, enjoying it enough to do it again 2 years later.

Janet Young - Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair.

I have lived in Whittingham for more than 30 years and my young family were

brought up in the village.

I have been retired for a number of years but my background is in education, both

in main stream and special schools and as a senior manager in a local authority

setting. I wanted to do whatever I could to support my local school and

community and when the opportunity came to be a governor, I felt that I could

do something positive for the children from the locality. I am really enjoying

being involved with such a unique school.

Governor Roles  2020-21.
Following our annual audit and new governors joining our team the roles and responsibilities have been reviewed and are as follows:
Buildings Committee
Belinda Athey
Christine Young
Janet Young (temporary member)
Susie Hardie
Andrew Whincup
Curriculum Committee
Sandra McCormack
Belinda Athey
Sally Lamb
Janet Young
Rev Ann Peters
Policy Committee
Belinda Athey
Christine Young
John Rutherford
Toni Dick
Data and Standards Committee
Belinda Athey
Sandra McCormack
Christine Young
Sally Lamb
Staffing Committees to be appointed depending on role and governor expertise. 
Finance Committee 
Sandra Mc Cormack
Belinda Athey
Christine Young
Headteacher Appraisal – Sandra McCormack and SIP, Damian Burke.
Individual Roles - 
English - Sally Lamb
Maths - Andrew Whincup
STEM – Christine Young
Mental and Physical Well-being - Susie Hardie
SEN/D - Janet Young
Safeguarding including Anti Bullying and E Safety - Sandra McCormack
Pupil Premium / LAC - John Rutherford
Standards and Target Setting have 3 separate roles within it led by Christine and Belinda
EYFS – Sandra
KS1 – Christine
KS 2 - Sally
Teacher link governor - Toni Dick
Church and Local Community plus Pastoral Support - Rev Ann Peters
COVID Catch Up Governor – Sandra McCormack.