Keswick School Multi Academy Trust

Bassenthwaite School has a very active Local Governing Body. Working closely with the Headteacher and other teaching staff in the school, the Governing Body set the direction of the school, monitor the school’s performance and support the school to continue improving. The register of pecuniary and business interests can be found in the school office.

Keswick School became the lead school in Keswick School Multi Academy Trust on the 1st January 2017, with Bassenthwaite joining on 1st January 2018. The Multi Academy Trust is administered by five Members and nine Directors. The Headteacher of Keswick School is Executive Principal.

Bassenthwaite School have their own Local Governing Body comprising of nine Governors including two elected Parent Governors and one elected Staff Governors.  The Governors oversee different functions within the school depending on the responsibility delegated to them by the Directors.  They support the work of the Board of Directors through taking decisions and making recommendations.

The school is supported directly by the Department for Education.

You can contact the Directors via the Clerk to the Directors: Mrs Annabel Scott, c/o Keswick School, Tel. 017687 72605 or or the local governing body via the clerk to the Local Governing Body: Miss Donna Hook, c/o Bassenthwaite School, Tel. 017687 76365 or

The current governors, whose term of office last until January 2022 (unless stated differently below), for our school are as follows:

Local Governing Body

Chair of Governors Margaret Taylor
Vice Chair FGB Gareth Mendus (also Vice Chair of Finance, Premises, H+S committee)
Teacher Governors Sara Royle (Headteacher)
Anneli Pickering (Vice Chair of Staffing, Curriculum and SEND committee)
 Parent Governors Kirsty Miles (Chair of Staffing, Curriculum and SEND committee)
Adrian Gurnett – Sep 2024
Co-opted Governors Louise Lord (Health and Safety)

Elizabeth Marrs(Pastoral) – Sep 2024

Mark Ainsworth (Chair of Finance, Premises, H+S and Safeguarding Governor)

Clerk to the Governors Donna Hook

Finance, Premises, Health and Safety Committee

Mark Ainsworth (Chair)
Louise Lord   Adrian Gurnett
Sara Royle    Gareth Mendus

Staffing, SEND and Curriculum Committee

Kirsty Miles (Chair)
Anneli Pickering
Sara Royle
Liz Marrs
Margaret Taylor

Governors Training / Attendance and Business Register

All Governors are required to attend a variety of different training courses whenever possible.

View Governors Training

Bassenthwaite Local Governing Body Meeting Attendance Record 2020-2021

MAT Declarations of Interest

Bassenthwaite Governors Register of Declarations

Academy Consultation

Please see attached our academy consultation documents. Bassenthwaite Primary School Consultation Document (slightly amended and justified)