We have a dedicated team of Governors at Thwaites School who play an important role in the life of our school. As a team, we bring a range of skills, experiences and interests from all walks of life. We help provide a sense of direction for the school and work closely with our Headteachers as a 'critical friend'. We are responsible for holding the school to account for the standards and quality of education it provides, as well as providing strategic leadership.
The table below includes details of how our Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Meet The Governors
Chair/ LEA - Mr G McGrath
Headteacher - Mr J Emms
My name is Jordan Emms and I’m acting headteacher of Thwaites School. Ever since I was a little boy, all I ever wanted to do was teach. I told one of my teachers in primary school that it was my dream to have his job – I’ve seen him since and he reminds me of that conversation every time we meet! I previously worked at a school in Ulverston for 11 years leading ICT and teaching a range of KS2 classes and moved to Thwaites in 2019. I play bass guitar in a couple of local bands and have done that for over 10 years. One of my passions in life is graphic design and video editing; I’m not great at either, but I try my best. My fiancée is called Natasha and we share a daughter called Meisha and a son called Jorge - I also have a little brown dog called Rosie. I would love for Thwaites to have a more prominent place in the local community and will be doing everything I can to make sure we get our name out there.
Co-opted Governor - Mr D Savage
I am a co-opted Governor, representing Thwaites Village Hall and the wider community on the School Governing Body.
I have lived locally all my working life – and now I am retired, which has “opened the door” for me to support my local community in a number of roles including Chair of Millom Without Parish Council and South Copeland Partnership. I also represent Cumbrian Residents on the Cumbria Adult Safeguarding Board.
I am a strong advocate of the School having strong relationships with our pupils, parents, teaching staff and the community. Working together to support the best for our pupils is my focus as a School Governor.
Co-opted Governor - Mrs A Nugent
I am a Co-opted Governor, representing Millom Without Parish Council and the wider community on the School Governing Body.
Originally from the North East I moved to Millom in the early 80s. I taught at Millom School for over 20 years and retired in 2010. I’ve maintained my interest in Education and teaching, particularly as I have 6 grandchildren, 5 of whom are in school. I take my role as Governor of Thwaites Primary School very seriously.
I was very involved in the production of The Millom Without Parish Council Community Plan. I feel strongly that Thwaites School could take an even bigger part within the Community, thereby helping to build the reputation (and the numbers) of the school. It has the ability and the potential to become a leading edge school.
Co-opted Governor - Mrs J Patton
Parent Governor - Mrs T Taylor-Fulford
My name is Tracey and I have been a parent governor for 2 years now. I have 2 children currently attending Thwaites school. I am a nurse so my particular interest and involvement with governor duties is safeguarding of which I am level 3 trained. As a parent govenor I just want to make the school the best it can be and provide a safe and nurturing environment for all our School children to enjoy.
Parent Governor - Mrs L Falconer
I am a co-opted Governor and the parent of Ben and Sam in Year 6 and 3. I have lived locally all of my life and we have a farm at The Hill, so I understand the challenges that small rural communities face. I have worked in education for nearly twenty years and have a strong commitment to teaching and learning. I currently teach Science at the local secondary school, and my skills include keeping up to date with current good practice, organisation and being efficient.
My ambition is that all our children should reach their potential, experience excellent teaching and learning and that there are many opportunities for parents to engage in school life. I hope through my professional and parental experience, I can help support the school community in providing a nurturing, happy and inspiring environment where all our children can flourish.
Clerk - Mrs S Bawden