Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Local Governing Body is structured, including who we are, what our responsibilities are and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Our role is varied, but our main aim is to support the sustainability and effectiveness of our school and we do so in partnership with staff, children, other schools, Rise and our parents.
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 in person or via the school office.
Mr J White
Chair of 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.
Why Are We Here?
School governors have general responsibility for the conduct and performance of the school. We do this through three core responsibilities:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction (as outlined by the National Governors' Association);
- Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors are not expected to be involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the school – this is the responsibility of the Executive Headteacher and senior leadership team. The Governing Body works in partnership with them, acting as 'critical friends', to support and challenge the work of the school. In practice this means continually monitoring and evaluating the work of the school against agreed targets and actions, setting and agreeing policies.
Our school is an Academy within a multi-academy trust – Rise Multi-Academy Trust, whose Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the school. Our Local Governing Body is a Rise committee and responsibility has been delegated to us by the Rise directors to:
- Promote high standards of educational achievement, strategic planning and financial control;
- Ensure that the school has identified what the Christian ethos means for the school in its context and community;
- Ensure the school meets statutory requirements.
Who Are We?
Our governors are representative of all the groups involved in our school: staff, parents, local community and Church. They are all volunteers who give their time, energy and skills free of charge to benefit the children of our school. The number and type of Governors is determined in our Memorandum of Understanding from the Trust. The term of office is four years. We currently have eight governors comprised of:
- Three Director-appointed governors, appointed by Rise;
- One staff governors, elected by the staff at our school;
- Two parent governors, elected by parents of the school;
- Two ex-officio members (there by nature of their job) – the Executive Headteacher and the Vicar.
We have a Clerk to Governors who is paid to carry out administrative tasks for governor business.
See below for details of our work so far this year and to read our governor profiles.
What Do We Do?
The Local Governing Body meets once per term, but we manage a lot of work through our regular visits to the school. Our main work centres around:
- Safeguarding - every time we visit, we consult with children and staff to check that everyone feels safe and secure. During the course of the year, we review the security measures of the school, Single Central Record, policies and procedures, including Risk Assessments and school safety logs.
- Finance, Pay and Personnel - where we review staffing, including staff well-being and recruitment when necessary; approve the annual budget; and monitor expenditure to ensure value for money. This includes our Viking Challenge funds. We remain vigilant of possible funding opportunities (e.g. grants) too.
- Estates, Health and Safety - where we check health and safety around the school site, and look at the learning environment for the children, maintenance and development of our buildings. We support the Executive Headteacher in securing S106 funding from local housing developments and Condition Improvement Funds when applicable.
- Standards and Values - we review pupil progress and attainment with staff each term; we monitor school improvement, including curriculum development; and consider the church school distinctiveness of our school.
- Vale Governors Cluster Partnership - we have formed a governor partnership with Waltham, Croxton Kerrial and Wymondham CE Primary Schools to oversee the strategic work of our Executive Headship model within the Rise Multi-Academy Trust. It is made up of two governors from each school, including a representative of the church and we meet termly.
From time to time, we also form working groups to work on specific strategic projects as they arise, eg. Headteacher recruitment.
How do we achieve this?
School Visits and Learning Walks
Governor visits allow us to see the school at work, gain relevant knowledge and understanding to be able to perform our governing role effectively and fulfil our monitoring functions. We set out a programme of governor visits for every year, each focused on a particular subject and undertaken by the relevant subject link governor. This might include: discussions with subject coordinators, visits to each class to see how learning takes place and meetings about specific aspects of work, e.g. safeguarding. In practice, many of our governors also frequently attend other activities going on in the school to ensure that they know the school well.
We have a governor responsible for training and attend regular training and development events to support us in our role as governors, organised by the Governor Development Service, RISE and within school.
We work in close partnership with the CEO and central team of Rise who visit our school and offer guidance and support when required. We also work with other governing bodies around our local area which helps to inform our strategic work as well allowing us to broaden our knowledge by exchanging experiences with governors in settings similar to ours.
|Name||Governor Type||Term Ends|
|Mr R Bingham||Chair of Governors, Director Appointed Governor||21/4/25|
|Mrs S Glendinning||Vice Chair of Governors, Director Appointed Governor||5/2/25|
|Mrs C Greaves||Director Appointed Governor||28/2/22|
|Mrs J Jackson||Director Appointed Governor||26/9/24|
|Mrs J Berridge||Parent Governor||28/2/24|
|Mr J Key||Parent Governor||20/4/25|
|Mrs A Wright||Parent Governor||12/10/24|
|Mrs K Willey||Parent Governor||21/4/25|
|Mrs J Hopkins||Executive Headteacher||-|
|Mrs A Longden||Staff Governor||19/3/22|
|Mrs N Tyers||Clerk to the Governors||-|
Meet the Team
Mr Jamie Key
I live in Barkestone with my wife Kerry and our three children. Two of our children attend Redmile School and we expect our third will follow. We have lived in Barkestone for around 5 years and feel fortunate to be able to enjoy the benefits of the area.
I became involved as a governor of the school with the hope I can help contribute positively in the running of the school. In my professional life I am solicitor and would hope some of the skills from that role could help the school continue to flourish.
Mrs Kate Willey
I have lived in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir for almost 5 years with my husband and little boy. My son attends Redmile School and absolutely loves it. Professionally I work in the Arts, Choreographing for various shows and companies, facilitating and leading dance/drama workshops and classes to all ages and abilities. I also work as a character actor for various companies and events across the world.
I am delighted to have been appointed as a Parent Governor at Redmile School allowing me to have an input into its future development and giving me the opportunity to support the school, it's teaching staff, pupils and parents.
Mrs 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 and daughter both attend Redmile School and love it. 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 Christine 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.
Mr Richard Bingham
Having moved to Redmile village recently, my family and I are keen to be involved in the local community. Professionally I have held various positions in enterprise software development over the last 25 years and have a long-standing passion for education of all types. I have some experience in primary school governance and am therefore very excited to be part of the team.
Mrs Julie Hopkins
I am the Executive Headteacher of our school as well as Waltham, Croxton Kerrial and Wymondham CE Primary Schools. I work very closely with all governors to ensure that our children have the best education possible, enabling them all to make progress and enjoy their learning in the process. I contribute to all aspects of governance and maintain regular contact through meetings, emails and telephone conversations. I live in the Vale and my daughter attended a local village primary school, as well as The Priory Belvoir Academy and MV16, so I consider myself to be in a unique position to offer full support to governors through my extensive knowledge of what it means to be part of a village community. I am very honoured to work with such a dedicated team of governors.
Mrs Joanna Jackson
I was initially appointed as a Local Authority governor for Redmile just before Christmas 2008 and have now lived in the vale for some 15 years with my family including a brief stint in Plungar. I am delighted to contribute to the team having seen the difference a strong Governing Body can make throughout my own education. My career has seen me working in Financial Services in Nottingham analysing and exploring new business opportunities and more recently I have taken a place on the board of a large local sporting charity. I specifically support the schools Finance & Personnel committee and take a keen interest in the teaching of 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 Alison Longden
I moved 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 a 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.