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Paul Buckland Head Teacher Personal Statement

Chair of Governors -Dr Tyrone Castles
Vice Chair of Governors Mrs Judith Nicol
Chair of Education and StandardsMr Charlie Hansford
Chair of Finance & PayMrs Karen Rae
Clerk to the GovernorsMiss Rachael McMann 


End of Term of Office



Mrs Gail Gravett



Business Director


Finance and Pay

Staffing Committee

Teaching and Learning


Link with School Council, Friends of QEGS, Drama, Earth Sciences and Design Technology.


Risk Review

Mr Charlie Hansford




By Statute

Education & Standards

Staff Appeals

Pupil Discipline

Link with Local Authority and English.

Mr Paul Buckland




Education & Standards

Finance & Pay

Whole School

Mr Alan Catterson



Retired Director of Estates

Member Appointed

Finance & Pay

Pupil Discipline

Property Maintenance

Risk Review

Mrs Karen Rae


Certified Accountant (Charity Specialist)

Co-optedFinance & Pay

Link with Maths

Risk Review

Statutory Accounts

Mr John Leveson


Retired B. Soc Deputy Chief Executive

Member AppointedFinance & Pay Link with Business & Economics, Politics and PE.

Mrs Judith Nicol


Leadership/Board Development Consultant




Co-OptedEducation & Standards


Link with MFL.

Ms Sue Warner



Cover Manager / Work Experience Co-ordinator

StaffFinance & Pay 

Ms Joanne Mills


Chief Officer, Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs


Education & Standards


 Link with Sixth Form.

Mrs Tine Boving Foster




Education & Standards


Teaching and Learning



 Link with ICT and RE.

Dr Tyrone Castles


 Educator (Profession) & Hotelier (Businessman) 


Education & Standards


 Link with Science, Music and Art.

Mr Alastair Worth


Head of Sport

StaffEducation & Standards 

Mr Rob Shephard


Co-OptedEducation & StandardsLink with SEND

Mr Michael Bauer


Principal at Cumbria Employment Solicitors

Co-OptedEducation & Standards 

Miss Rachael McMann


Former Human Resources Manager and member of Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD)


Clerk to the Govenors

Education & Standards

Finance & Pay

Staffing Committee

Staff Appeals

Pupil Discipline Committee

Risk Review Group

Prepares and circulates all meeting papers including agendas and minutes.

Advises the GB on procedural matters.

Advises on changes in Governance.

What Do Governors Do

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos & strategic direction
  • Hold the Headmaster and Senior Management Team to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

Within QEGS we achieve this through half termly meetings of Full Governors and its two sub-committees which deal in detail with the two main aspects of the governing body’s work. Each governor also acts a link between a specific department and the governing body.

Our Committees

Education and Standards

1. To monitor and review achievment, progress and attainment of students and groups of students at all levels

2. To keep under review the school's cuuriculum and ensure it complies with statutory obligations and is consistent with the aims and ethos of the school.

3. To ensure the highest possible standards of safety and well-being for all students and staff.

4. Ensure Special Educational Needs of pupils are identified and adequately resourced by reviewing and monitoring.

5. To consider and keep under review the school's pastoral care and Behaviour Poilicy.

6. To monitor and review the quality of the learning and the quality of the teaching of the curriculum.

7. Enusre all Pupils' Records are being correctly maintained and secured and ensure pupils' welfare, discipline and attendance are adequately managed by reviewing and monitoring.

8. To comment on, help prepare and monitor the relevant sections of the Quality Improvement Plan and ensure that requirements for capital expenditure, staffing and other resources, necessary to deliver the above, are referred to the Finance and Pay Subcommittee or the Full Governing Body for consideration.

9. Ensure the effective Human Resource management of the teaching staff by reviewing and monitoring and report on this to the Governing Body at least once a year.

10. Ensure that pupil related Appeals and Complaints are adequately dealt with by the school monitoring and reviewing.

11. To review and monitor the impact of those policies as indicated on the Governors' Annual Plan.

12. Receive Link Governor reports and review quality of learning.


Finance & Pay (inclusive of buildings and maintenance)

Subject to applicable statutory requirements, the committee is authorised:

1. To carry out duties as set out in the Academy’s Financial Handbook

2. To ensure prudent management of all aspects of academy finances

3. To produce & manage a three year rolling finance plan & budget in association with the Head of Finance & Head Teacher

4. To maintain the pay policy and review this on an annual basis

5. To approve any salary increase for the Head following recommendations from the Headteachers Performance Review Group 

6. To receive an annual report from the Headteacher regarding the pay implications of the annual staff review process.

7 To ensure that the School Improvement Plan includes all aspects of capital expenditure, staffing and other resources, in association with the Education & Standards Committee or the full Governing Body for consideration

8. To ensure that the academy estate provides an environment consistent with the educational aims of the establishment.

9. To ensure effective management of Human Resources associated with the above.

10. To carry out the role of the Audit Committee

11. To ensure effective management of Health and Safety throughout the school.


You can contact any of our Governors via the Clerk to the Governors at

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or by post to

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Ullswater Road Penrith CA11 7EG

Full Governors

Education and Standards


Finance and Pay


Year 7 Admissions

Thank you for considering Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for the next stage in your child’s education.

Pupils will be selected for a place at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on the basis of their aptitude for the academic nature of the education offered at the school, such selection being by way of evidence of aptitude from the entrance test. All who are considering applying for a place at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School should fill in the school’s own entrance test application form and return it to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Please note that this does not replace the Local Authority online preference form (SA3) which must also be completed, otherwise a valid application will not have been made.

Please refer to the Admissions Policy for further information. 

September 2019 Entry

School Tour Request Deadline9 February 2018 12 noon
School Tours   19-23, 26-27 February 2018
Information and Application packs available 19 Feburary 2018
Open Evening21 June 2018 5.30 - 8pm
Application Deadline25 June 2018 12 noon
Entrance Test15 September 2018 8.45 am - 4 pm


Information and Application

Information and Application packs will be available for collection at the end of the School Tours. Alternatively you can access all the information above, collect a pack from reception, or request a pack via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or telephone: 01768 864621 from 19 February 2018. Please include your full name and address.

 September 2018 Entry


Entrance Test Results - Important Information

Offer letters for the Year 7 intake into Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for 2018 have been issued to all relevant parents/carers. We have phrased the letters to provide sufficient information for parents/carers to make a well informed choice about the best way to complete the Cumbria County Council SA3 form. The letter is not an offer of a place in itself; the SA3 form has to be completed and submitted by the deadline. Please take note of the fact that the equal preference scheme operated by the County Council means that you do not prejudice your chance of a place at any other school if you place Queen Elizabeth Grammar School as your first option but do not consequently get a place. 

In accordance with our admissions policy, which can be viewed on our website, we will not be issuing any further information about rank order or test score. We believe this information is unnecessary and influences the mindset of students and can be detrimental to their performance. 

Mr Paul Buckland


 Applications have now closed for 2018 entry


Information and Application packs available    1 June 2017
Open Evening12 July 2017 5:30 - 8 pm
School Tour Request Deadline5 September 2017 12 noon
Application Deadline15 September 2017 12 noon
School Tours11-15 September 2017
Entrance Test7 October 2017 8.45 am - 4 pm
National Offer Day1 March 2018
Reallocation Day28 March 2018
Discovery Day5 July 2018
Discovery Day Parents' Evening5 July 2018 7pm
First Day of Term5 September 2018


September 2017 Entry 


Discovery Day Information


New Student Information


Free School Meals and Clothing Grant

Link to Cumbria County Council website: