All schools have to have a governing body, our governors meet termly and are very supportive of the school and staff, taking all their reponsibilities seriously.

They visit school regularly and share the school vision for development ensuring continuous improvement.


Claire Jackson - Chair (Co-opted Governor)

It It is a pleasure to be part of the governing body for Parkview where both of my children attended. I originally became a parent      governor several years ago as I was interested in my children's education. I was born in Whitehaven and grew up in Millom. After leaving school I attended West Cumbria College and then moved away to Coventry for 10 years. For the most part of living in Coventry I worked for the Chamber of Commerce and subsequently with funding for post 16 education. It was there where I developed an understanding of learning and how it can impact on people's lives. I now work part-time as a medical secretary at the local doctors where I have been for the past several years.


Karen Hughes -  (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor at Parkview since 2012. I am a registered nurse. I have knowledge and experience of the health and social care systems and I am the safeguarding governor for the nursery. My daughter went to nursery and loved every minute of it. I enjoy being a governor of the nursery and feel the nursery provides a solid foundation for education and well-being for all the children that attend.


Dave Gabbert - (Co-opted Governor)

I started on the boverning board when my youngest daughter was attending nursery and this was many years ago. I still enjoy calling into the nursery and seeing the children enjoying themselves playing whilst at the same time learning. The staff are always very professional and welcoming  and it has been, and still is, a privelege to be part of this school.




Sheila Barrett - (Staff Governor)

'I am the key worker for red group in both the morning and the afternoon as I work full time. I have taught at Parkview Nursery for several years and really value the support and respect offered by the parents and the local community. Previously I taught in London, where I really enjoyed going to the theatre. I also lived and taught in a country in Africa called Mozambique, where I had many fantastic holidays seeing wild animals such as lions and gorillas! I have also taught in Cumbrian villages such as Seascale and Egremont enjoying playing Squash as my hobby. As a Teacher I have taught classes of children across the age ranges from 3 to 8. I have also run my own successful childminding business catering for children from 3 months old, employing assistants as it flourished. I have accepted a variety of responsibilities over my teaching career and currently work as the SENCO at Parkview.'


Geraldine Lancaster - (LA Governor)

As a local mother and grandmother, I have experience of child development and the importance of nursery education, one of the reasons I became a long standing governor of Parkview nursery. My professional life has been in the health service. I have worked as a district nurse for many years, then as manager of Millom hospital and the community nursing services. This involved the health and wellbeing, not only for our children but also for all members of our community. In retirement I am a volunteer with local groups which I find very rewarding. The bonus of retirement for me is that I spend time with my family and grandchildren, who keep me young and active. As with all parents and grandparents I am very proud of all their achievements.


Shelagh Cloudsdale -  Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)

After being a parent and a one time employee at Parkview, I'm now pleased to join the governing body. I've spent the last (almost!) 30 years of my career as an Early Years practitioner at St James' Primary in Millom and I'm very passionate about this vital, and in my opinion, most important part of a child's learning journey. I'm really interested in everything local, we have a thriving, close community in Millom and I'm very proud to be a part of it.



Sharon Platt - (Co-opted Governor)

Hi my name is Sharon platt and I am a co-opted governor at Parkview.  I became a governor in 2016 to give something back to the community when my great nephew attended nursery here and  I have been assisting with Leadership and Management governor duties ever since. I have worked at BAE Systems (formally VSEL) and now at Sellafield as part of the Project Interface Team on site.  I have worked there over 20 years.  I am a time served Joiner/Carpenter and my hobbies include challenges such as the Keswick to Barrow walk, climbing Kilimanjaro and  crafting and making gifts for people.  I run my own venue decorating business outside of my other commitments.


Kathryn Usher - (Co-opted Governor)
I have worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years and previous to this, I worked in different schools and nursery settings as a teaching assistant. I love the warm and welcoming environment Parkview offers and I am thrilled to be part of the governing body. Both of my children attended the nursery setting and I couldn't have wished for a more positive and fun filled experience for them both. Wanting to give something back to the nursery, I decided to become a governor so I could support in any way I can.


Stephen Evans - (Parent Governor)

Since leaving school in 1994 I have worked at Sellafield. I originally joind the school governors in 2015 when my son first attended. I work with a few different autism groups in the area and have a particular interest in working with people to raise awareness and acceptance of  the condition. 


Steph Tyson - (Parent Governor)

I live in Millom with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I became a governor to learn about and participate in children's education. My trade is accounts, I am accounts manager at Energy4All in Barrow, where I have helped to set up and run over 25 community owned renewable energy co-operatives. Any spare time I have I love to spend outdoors with the kids or cycling and playing hockey.


The Head Teacher is also on the governing board.

Membership 2018-19

Register of Personal Interests 2018-19



Our Vision:

Our Vision at Parkview is to encourage every individual to

  • walk their own path
  • build their own bridge
  • climb their own mountain

in order to fulfil their potential in life and learning


As a Local Authority Maintained Nursery School we offer:

  • 3 year old funded places (15 hours a week)
  • 3 year old funded places for working parents (up to 30 hours a week)
  • Flexible sessions which can be used over a full day if wished
  • Parents can pay for additional sessions if wished
  • Hot lunches
  • Resourced Provision for children with Special Educational Needs


We work closely with Stepping Stones Nursery next door who can provide wrap around and holiday provision for children attending Parkview Nursery.