Christena Pelmore


Katie Jackson


Abbie Handley


Liz Paisley


Steven Sykes


Ruth Steel

Katy Modlin

Ms Abbie Handley - Co-opted governor

My three children have all attended Kirkby Stephen Primary School. As a parent, I care that every child should be given the opportunity to fulfil their full potential and that their years in education are stimulating and fun.
I am a qualified physiotherapist and have gained experience on many different committees, which hopefully will enable me as a governor to contribute to the school in continuing the excellent progress it has made.
It is very rewarding to belong to the governing body, responding to the responsibilities and challenges involved and working in partnership with so many people to ensure that the pupils have a happy and secure environment in which to develop and achieve their potential. From my children’s enjoyment and achievements it is evident the school continues to thrive.

Mrs Katy Modlin - Co-opted governor

My eldest son attended the primary school and my youngest son, Danny, currently attends the school. I live in Kirkby Stephen with my husband Mark and our children.  I attended Kirkby Stephen Primary and Grammar schools and I currently work at the latter as an art teacher. My art specialism has helped me in my role as Arts link governor.  I decided to become a governor because I wanted to help KSPS continue with its excellent achievements. The school has made great improvements in recent years and is going from strength to strength.  

Mrs Alison Capstick - Headteacher governor
Mrs Liz Paisley - Chair, Co-opted governor

I have been a teacher in special education for 34 years, ending my career as Deputy Head Teacher of Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City. My specialism is with pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties and, for a period, I was also seconded to Hertfordshire Careers service working alongside all the special schools in the county. I thoroughly enjoyed my teaching career. My husband and I moved to Kirkby Stephen in 2015 and have recently opened a Bed and Breakfast. We have two daughters, also both involved in education. I have been volunteering at the school for a number of years and am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body. I trust that my skills and experience in the education field will enable me to make a positive contribution to the life of the school.

Mrs Katie Jackson - Parent governor

I am new to the team of Governors but am very much looking forward to getting involved. I have three children, with the two oldest currently attending KS Primary School. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Business with Law and a Graduate Diploma in Law. For the past six years I have been running my own business in Kirkby Stephen. I am looking forward to using the skills I’ve learnt and developed in this new role. I have a strong interest in the well being, progress and performance of the school and am enthusiastic and passionate about being actively involved. 

Mr Steve Sykes - Co-opted governor

I am new to the team of Governors and very keen to become involved.  I am a “Comer-Inner” being a Yorkshire Lad born and bred, but was persuaded to move to this lovely part of the world by a Kirkby Lass. I have two children, with the eldest already in school. I am a Children’s Social Worker and worked within the field of Child Protection for over twelve years within different roles.  I hope that some of my experience in this field will assist the governing body and help the school as a whole.  I have a strong interest in the growth and development of the school as an important hub within the community.  Indeed, ensuring the ‘little people’ of today achieve everything they can, will help them become the ‘big people’ of tomorrow, working and living & giving within our community of the future.  I am very pleased to be part of this process and actively working towards the further progress of the school.

Ms Christena Pelmore - Clerk to governors

I moved form West Sussex to Cumbria with my family in  1989. 

Having retired in 2015 after working for 43 years in nursing and latterly for Cumbria County Council in Adult Social Care (including three and a half years as Manager at Christian Head), I was surprised and delighted to be offered the opportunity to join Kirkby Stephen Primary School as Clerk to Governors in 2016. Never had I expected to be involved in education, but I am really enjoying the experience and the opportunity to be able to contribute, albeit in a very small way, to the life of the school.