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Local Governing Committee

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Local Governing Committee 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: and mark the 'subject' as FAO R Bingham PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL; please put your correspondence in an encrypted attachment. Alternatively, post through the school letterbox marking the envelope FAO R. Bingham 'PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL'. 


I look forward to seeing you around school.


Mr R Bingham
Chair of Governors


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.


Why Are We Here?


Our school is an Academy within Rise Multi-Academy Trust, whose Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the school. All local governance committees are de facto committees of the Board of Directors. The members of each local governing committee are referred to as ‘Governors’. Their key responsibilities are 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.


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 Governors work in partnership with them, acting as 'critical friends', to support and challenge the work of the school. In practice this means there is a continual cycle of  monitoring and evaluation of the work of the school against agreed targets, actions and policies.


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 Governor 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 governor, 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. Her contact details are


See below for details of our work so far this year and to read our governor profiles.


What Do We Do?


The Local Governing Committee 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; review the annual budget; and monitor expenditure to ensure value for money. This includes our CReW Club and 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, plus the 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 Cluster Governing Committee - we have formed a governor partnership with Waltham-on-the-Wolds, 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. 


Governor Training


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.


Partnership Links


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.


Governing Body


NameGovernor TypeTerm Ends
Mr R BinghamChair of Governors, Director Appointed Governor21/4/25
Mrs S GlendinningVice Chair of Governors, Director Appointed Governor5/2/25
Mrs J JacksonDirector Appointed Governor26/9/24
Mrs J BerridgeParent Governor28/2/24
Mr J KeyParent Governor20/4/25
Mrs A WrightParent Governor12/10/24
Mrs K WilleyParent Governor21/4/25
Mrs A LongdenStaff Governor19/3/22
Mrs N TyersClerk to the Governors-


Also see:

    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.


    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 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.


    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.


    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 who all attend Redmile School. 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.