Our Governors

The aim of the Governor team at our school is to work with the staff in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.

We do this in four main ways:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children
  • Working with the staff to help them teach and care for our children
  • Deciding on how the resources of the school are best used
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.

To deliver this effectively the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Local Authority, the Community and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and in three sub groups focused on Finance and Staffing, Health and Safety, and the Curriculum. In addition we each have a specialist subject that we take particular interest in (eg. Numeracy, Literacy, Art, ICT).

We are always keen to hear your views, so please use the suggestion box (located in the school hall) or feel free to contact any of us directly. We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you.

Mr J White
Chair of Governors

Governing Body

Name Governor Type Term Ends
Mr J White Chair of Governors, Director Appointed Governor 28/2/23
Mrs S Glendinning Director Appointed Governor 5/2/25
Mrs C Greaves Director Appointed Governor 28/2/22
Mrs J Jackson Director Appointed Governor 26/9/24
Mr S Lagoe Director Appointed Governor 28/2/24
Mrs C Lobo Director Appointed Governor 27/9/22
Dr J Berridge Parent Governor 28/2/24
Mr J Key Parent Governor 20/4/25
Mrs A Wright Parent Governor 12/10/24
Mrs J Hopkins Executive Headteacher -
Mrs A Longden Staff Governor 19/3/22
Mrs N Tyers Clerk to the Governors -

Also see:

Meet the Team

Dr Joanne Berridge

I have lived in Barkestone with my husband Mark and two sons for just over three years. My eldest boy started Redmile school in September. I am a qualified doctor who specialised in Paediatric medicine for four years before taking a career break to have my boys. I still locum in Paediatric Accident and Emergency department when possible. I became a parent governor in October 2019 and am looking forward to helping support the parents and school. As my background is medicine, I am keen to develop the love of science and sustainability.

Mrs Sarah Glendinning

I have lived in Barkestone with my husband Ross since 2007. My son Oliver attends Redmile school with Amy due to start in September 2017. I became a director appointed governor in January 2017 and am keen to work with staff and other governors to support the school and continue to see it strive for success. Prior to giving up my career to look after our two young children, I worked for 16 years as a Merchandiser in retail at Next Plc Head office in Leicester.

Mrs Chrstine Greaves

I have a degree in Microbiology and returned to University to do a PGCE at Loughborough in 1994. Once qualified as a Primary Teacher I then taught at a number of village schools in Leicestershire (including Cossington, Mountsorrel and Ab Kettleby) until 2001, when we moved to Scotland. In 2002, I started teaching at Lomond School in Helensburgh in the Junior School as a Learning Support Teacher. I worked with the children in the Nursery and Primary School (from age 3 up to age 11, when the children move up to Senior School). I have been married to Jim for 31 years and we have 2 daughters aged 29 and 26. We also have another daughter aged 29 whom we fostered when she was 14. We moved to Redmile in 2017, following my husband's retirement, and I have now started work as a private tutor for primary school pupils. I volunteered briefly at Redmile School and was extremely impressed with it. The children were polite, friendly and enthusiastic which reflects the example set by the staff, and the facilities within the school are exceptional. The village is fortunate to have such an excellent school and I think it is important to maintain this for the future. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I feel my strengths lie in understanding the needs of a primary school from every point of view - the child, the parent and the staff. In my opinion, it is important that everyone works together to achieve the best for the children and, as such, communication and understanding is vital. I am hopeful that my background and experience in primary education could be helpful as part of the team .

Mrs Julie Hopkins

I am the Head teacher of the school as well as being a mum to a 16 year old daughter at Belvoir High School. Many of the Governors responsibilities are delegated to me on a daily basis to act on their behalf. I maintain regular contact with all Governors via e-mail, to keep them informed of school business and organise termly committee meetings and visits to school from the Governors. This ensures everyone is involved in the full life of the school and enables us all to implement the shared vision to provide the best possible education and life experiences for our pupils. I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated team.

Mrs Joanna Jackson

I have lived in the vale for 5 years but moved to Plungar in 2010 with my husband, dog and daughters, Hattie & Pippa. I became appointed as a Local Authority governor for Redmile just before Christmas 2008. I am delighted to join the team, and having seen the difference a strong Governing Body can make throughout my own education, I'm eager to ensure my contribution has a similar effect. My career has seen me working in Financial Services in Nottingham analysing and exploring new business opportunities, so I am able to contribute fully to the Finance and Personnel & Health & safety committees, as well as supporting the school in Numeracy.

Mr Simon Lagoe

I first got to know this area when I was a student at Nottingham University in the early 1970s. After living and working around the country I came back here in 2005 and worked as Managing Director of a packaging machinery business in Nottingham for 11 years until I retired in 2016. I have broad experience in developing and managing small and medium sized businesses and therefore hope I can bring strategy, finance and personnel skills to the Local Governing Body and so help to support the ongoing success of the school.

Mrs Cheryl Lobo

I have lived in Redmile for 8 years with my husband Ben and daughter Harriet, who attends Redmile School. I have been a parent Governor since Jan 10 and became Chair Oct 11. I am actively involved in the school providing regular support to Class 1 and 2. As a qualified dance teacher, running dance schools for the past 23 years I am thrilled to offer this learning and fun to all children of the school as well. I have worked in the NHS my entire career, as a clinician, manager, educator and service development lead. I am proud of our local school. I am keen to work in close partnership with its pupils, parents, staff and governors to support the school and help it grow.

Mrs Alison Longden

I move to the area 25 years ago whilst working in the food industry. During this time, I held a number of posts firstly as a catering manager and latterly as a business manager for Brakes being responsible for a large retail customer. Following the decision to start a family, I decided to follow a long held ambition to become a primary school teacher. I trained at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln and graduated in 2007. My teaching career has centred around the schools within the Vale. I am passionate about education particularly the teaching and learning of maths. Now that my 2 children have grown up, I have become more involved in the wider life of the school. I am immensely proud to work with such dedicated team as we are all committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the children with our community.

Mr Jonathan White

My family moved from London to Plungar in 2014 and my daughter currently attends Redmile School. Having swapped city life for the joys of a rural way of living, and to give our daughter the best possible upbringing, I was delighted to volunteer my services for the role of school governor. Having worked in a Sales environment within the book publishing and retail arena for my entire career, I am looking forward to working with the team on continuing the excellent work that the school already achieves. I am particularly passionate about the Arts and the importance of reading.

Mrs Alex Wright

I have lived in Barkestone since 2012; my partner works as the herd manager on the dairy farm in the village. We have 3 children, our eldest attends Redmile School and the other 2 will follow on. I am proud to be a parent governor to help support and represent the parents and the school. Prior to being a full time mummy, I worked for nearly 8 years for MARS at their research centre just outside Waltham on the Wolds.