Alston Moor Federation Governors 2021-2022

Gill Jackson Gill Jackson,  Headteacher

Gill has been Headteacher of  Alston Moor Federation, since September 2021.


Natalie Hewett, Parent Governor, Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum and Pastoral Committee      Natalie

Natalie lives with her family in Garrigill and is parent of a child at Alston Moor Primary School.  From her professional life as a Technical Services Officer, she brings experience of quality management and compliance.  She was elected a Parent Governor in December 2019 and believes positive experiences at school are the foundation for emotionally healthy, resilient, confident and well-educated children.

GladGlad Allen, Partnership & Safeguarding Governor

Glad now lives in Garrigill, having moved from Southern England.  She was a Primary Headteacher for 17 years, and is now retired. She is involved in local community activities, enjoys travelling & recently started painting as a leisure pursuit as well as joining Alston Golf Club.  Glad has been a governor of AMF since the new Federation was formed in 2015 & prior to that was on the board of SKS for several years.


Claire Reed, Staff Governor

Claire has worked within the Federation for almost 6 years on both the Alston and Nenthead sites.  She is a part time class teacher in the Key Stage 1 class and SENDCo for the Federation.  Claire joined the Governing Body in November 2019.


Graham Carrick, Co-opted Governor 

Graham has lived in Alston his whole life and was educated on the Moor himself, he currently has 2 children at AMF.  Graham runs the family farm at Garrigill, alongside his dad and brother.  He has been a governor since 2017 & has a keen interest in making the school a success for many years to come.



Ruth Harrison, Parent & SEND Governor

Ruth lives in Alston and is an active member of the community. Ruth is a parent of a child currently in AMF; she joined the board in 2018 & recently took on the role of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Governor.



Sheila Wyatt, Co-opted Governor & Health & Safety Lead Governor

Sheila has lived on Alston Moor for most of her life, educated on the Moor, before qualifying as a Primary School teacher. She worked in Alston Primary for many years before moving to North Lakes School, Penrith, teaching Year 6. Her 2 sons were educated here and she now has 5 grandchildren attending AMF.  She is retired and has been on the board since 2015.


Jim McCarry, Co-opted Governor & Chair of Finance and Resources Committee.

Since buying Lowbyer Manor Country House, Alston with his partner in 2015, Jim has had roles as Chair of the Business Association, the Food Bank, is a Trustee of Alston United Charities and enjoys occasional golf at Alston Moor Golf Club. With over 30 years in self employment has a wealth of experience in sales, finance and commercial practice. Became a Governor in 2020.

Pat Sharples Gov Pic
Pat Sharples

Pat has been associated with Samuel King’s School since she began teaching French here 25 years ago. She has had various roles at the school including that of Deputy Head and Acting Head. Following retirement, Pat is now the Examinations Officer. Pat loved her career at Alston and was extremely fond of the students and the community. Becoming a governor it means that she can continue to support the school the community.

Chris Reed
Chris Reed

Chris was born and educated in Alston and, after traveling far and wide, has lived in the town since 1979. His two sons were educated at the Alston site and he was chair of governors of Samuel King’s School from 1992 till 2007. Chris is an architectural designer working on a varied number of projects in the area and is preparing for a Grand Canyon trek later this year to raise funds the Marie Curie charity.

Patricia Davies

Patricia Davies

Patricia retired to Alston 3 years ago from Northumberland and is an active member of the community. She is a trustee and volunteer at Fairhill Recreation Ground, is a Brownie leader and plays an active role in the local walking group. She has 40 years’ experience of teaching geography in secondary schools and has been an Assistant Headteacher for 20 years, with responsibility for student welfare and special needs. She is a competitive orienteer, keen hillwalker, and enjoys reading and gardening.