Asby Endowed School


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Meet The Governors


The school's governing body is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. Governors work closely with the Consultant Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority to ensure the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social aims.

Members of the governing body include parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community. Full governing body meetings are held each term and the minutes are available for inspection. In addition, there are several committees which meet during each term:


  • Staffing & Finance
  • Premises


Governor Profiles


The current members of the school governing body are listed below.



Valerie Mandelson
Co-Opted Governor
Chair Of Governors


I am a Co-Opted Governor and currently Chair of the Governing Body, and serve on the Staffing and Finance committee.  I am also responsible for the monitoring of EFYS.


In the past I have worked in the voluntary sector, and before retiring I was employed for many years as a counsellor and manager in the NHS, and hope that my experiences will enable me to contribute effectively to the work of the governors.



Graham Parkin
Co-Opted Governor
Vice-Chair Of Governors


I am vice-chair of the Governing Body and serve on the Staffing & Finance committee as the Chair, as well as monitoring assessment within the school.


I believe Asby Endowed to be an excellent school providing quality learning within a stimulating, nurturing and safe environment, and I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success.



Dianne Maughan
Co-Opted Governor


I live on the outskirts of the village of Great Asby, and I have one son, who attended the school. I have been cleaner in charge at the schooI since October 2003.  I am Chair of the Premises Committee. 


Presently Vacant
Foundation Governor



June Clayton
Foundation Governor


I have been a governor at Asby Endowed School  for many years, including nearly 4 years as chair.   I moved to great Asby in 1999 from Cheshire and Manchester, where I taught Art and Maths in secondary schools and Key Stage 2.  


I had previously owned and managed day nurseries in Manchester for 9 years when my 4 children were younger.  I had also spent 7 years as a magistrate in youth courts prior to moving to Cumbria.


I now live in Keswick but return to Asby on a regular basis.



Jackie Smart


I was brought up in London. I went to London University to take my B.Ed teaching degree. I have three sons and we moved as a family to Wiltshire where I taught, for more years than I care say, at Wootton Bassett, (Royal), Comprehensive School, 11 to 18, my specialist subjects being Religious Studies and Philosophies and Ethics. In 2006 I took a Teaching Dyslexia degree and taught students with Dyslexia and poor Literacy skills.

Currently I help pupils at Asby school who will benefit from help with their literacy.  I am responsible for monitoring English and SEN within the school.



Rachel Smith
Consultant Headteacher


I started my teaching career in Sheffield in a large rural school in Derbyshire where I worked for three years, moving onto an inner city school in Sheffield where I also worked for three years and eventually settling and  working in a range of schools in the Eden valley.


I have been headteacher at Long Marton school for over twenty years, I am a qualified Local Leader in Education and have been working with Asby school since October 2012. In April 2013 I took on the role of Consultant Headteacher.



Carol Marston
Parent Governor


I have three children and two of them are still at Asby Endowed School. We lived at Mallerstang for ten years, before moving back to Asby.  Since becoming a governor I have joined the Premises Committee and I am responsible for monitoring PE and sports.

My children really enjoy school!



Julie Rothwell

Parent governor


I am a mum to four children who have all attended Asby Endowed, my youngest still being a pupil. I lived in Asby for several years having owned the local public house. Our family recently moved to Maulds Meaburn but rather than change schools, decided that my daughter should remain at Asby as she is very happy in the school.


I became a parent governor in September 2017 and I am currently on the Premises Committee. I also have governor responsibility of Science and Computing.  



Rob Braithwaite

Parent governor


My name is Robert Braithwaite and I am a farmer in Great Asby with two young children. Our family has farmed here for over 60 years.  My eldest child is the fourth generation of our family to attend Asby Endowed School. 



Michelle Clark
Staff Governor


I completed my PGCE teaching training in 2008 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Archaeology. I have taught in a number of different school, both large and small schools in Coventry, Cyprus, Italy and North Yorkshire.  I moved to Cumbria in 2016, and returned to teaching after maternity leave at Long Marton Community School where I taught English and Maths to Year 2. 


This is my first appointment as a Senior Teacher and I am excited about the challenges that lay ahead.



Wendy Swinbank
Clerk To The Governors


My name is Wendy Swinbank I am clerk to Asby Endowed School Governors. I am a farmer's wife and we have three children. I also work as Small School Business Manager and Clerk To The Governors at Long Marton School.


Governor Information


Details about governor interests, committee membership, and meeting attendance are provided below.