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We are the Governing Body of Bleasby CE Primary School

Bleasby School Governors

Bleasby School Governors 1 I'm Rev'd Phil White, Chair of Governors
Bleasby School Governors 2 I'm Gordon Burton, Parent Governor & Vice Chair
Bleasby School Governors 3 I'm Peter Cast, Local Authority Governor
Bleasby School Governors 4 I'm Angela Dunning, Parent Governor
Bleasby School Governors 5 I'm Chris Barnes, Foundation Governor
Bleasby School Governors 6 I'm Ian Stockford, Parent Governor
Bleasby School Governors 7 I'm Revd Dr David Emerton, Foundation Governor
Bleasby School Governors 8 I'm Lindsay Brooke, Co-opted Governor
Bleasby School Governors 9 I'm Sarah Smith, Staff Governor

Reverend Phil White - pwhite@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Foundation Governor & Chair of Governors

Term of Office - 25/11/2015

Pupils & Personnel Committee Member


I agreed to be Chair of Governors in December 2019 when Ian Stockford stepped down due to his work commitments.  As Chair I aim to serve the school by focussing on things of strategic importance and working together as a team.  We are blessed to have such a committed and talented Governing body.


As Vicar of the Benefice of West Trent since October 2015, I am ex officio Foundation Governor. The 7 parishes of the Benefice include Bleasby, Halloughton, Hoveringham, Morton (w Fiskerton), Rolleston, Thurgarton and Upton. Prior to this I served in Scarborough where I was Lay Training Advisor for the York Diocese. I have always been involved in education having been a Geography teacher in Hull, a schools worker for Scripture Union in the North East, and twice a Governor at secondary and primary schools in York.


It’s a privilege to be part of the Bleasby school community and I enjoy coming into school on a very regular basis. With the Head and staff I share a responsibility for the Christian ethos which includes Collective Worship and RE.

I have a son (in Edinburgh) and a daughter (in Nottingham) and 2 grandchildren. I enjoy sports of all kinds and am a die hard Manchester United follower. I am often recognised when out walking because of our excitable Golden Retriever, Leonard. I am a founding Trustee of ‘Bungoma Calling’ a charity supporting the disadvantaged in rural Kenya.


Gordon Burton - gburton@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Parent Governor & Vice Chair

Term of office - 26/10/19 - 25/10/22


I have two boys, one of which is at Bleasby School. I have worked in Olympic/Paralympic sport for twenty years. I initially worked in the field of sport science and technical innovation as well as coach development in British Rowing and GB Canoeing. I then spent 8 years at UK Sport leading their high-performance coaching team and then as an advisor working with a broad portfolio of Olympic and Paralympic teams, also during this time I worked for Team GB through Beijing 2008, Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Part of my role at UK Sport contributed to UK policy and investment models relating to high performance sport. Most recently I was Performance Director for Equestrian Team GBR and now run a consultancy using lessons learnt from high performance sport to facilitate effective strategy development and clear, confident and connected people. 

Peter Cast - pcast@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Local Authority Governor

Term of Office - 18/06/2015 - 17/06/2019

Finance & General Purposes and Pupils & Personnel Committee Member


“I was in teaching for the whole of my career, including Deputy Head at Hawtonville School in Newark and Head at St. Peter’s Ruddington for 25 years. I also spend some years at Gedling House Schools’ Museum Service, teaching environment studies to parties of visiting school children. I am the current Chair of Bleasby Parish Council. Both of my children attended Bleasby Primary School and my granddaughter was recently a pupil at the school.”

Angela Dunning - adunning@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Parent Governor

Term of Office - 30/01/2018 - 29/01/2022


I am currently a busy/baby food covered mum of three young children and am enjoying a career break to share their early years. Up until last year I worked for 8 years as a primary teacher across a range of year groups. Prior to teaching I worked for the Education Department in Sheffield in the Research and Analysis Team. I love teaching, education and all aspects of working with children. I am a parish councillor in Bleasby and am enjoying volunteering to support anything I can in the local community.  I like sports, music, food, reading and dancing.

Chris Barnes - cbarnes@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Foundation Governor

Term of office - 02/03/18 - 01/03/22


All three of my daughters attend Bleasby school and as I live and worship in the village I was appointed in 2018 to one of the foundation governor roles at the school by reverend Philip White. My core responsibility along with reverend white and the other foundation governor is to ensure the Christian ethos of the school is adhered to along with the delivery of collective worship and the teaching of RE. I also sit on the finance sub-committee at the school and help with football coaching at the school when I am able.


I have lived in Bleasby since 2005 and my children have attended the school since 2012. I have been a police officer for 29 years currently working as a fraud investigator. I am involved in the local branch of the national Chernobyl Child Lifeline charity helping to host children from Belarus each summer as they visit the UK on a respite visit. I coach my eldest daughter’s football team in Southwell as well as helping run two other girls teams. I am also a scout and cub leader again in Southwell. I am also a member of the Bleasby Bikers cycling club and have participated in cycling events with them in the past to help raise funds for the school.

Ian Stockford - istockford@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Parent Governor

Term of Office - 05/05/17 - 04/05/21

Chair of the Strategic Development Committee and sit on the Pupils & Personnel and Finance committees.


I am one of the school’s Parent Governors and have previously been Chair of the Governing Body. I have two children at the school, currently in Maple and Oak class, and became a governor to give something back in return for the great start the school has given them. One of my priorities is to improve the engagement between the Governing Body, parents, staff and the local community. Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss.

Although I’ve never previously worked in a school I do work in the education sector and am currently Director of Qualifications and Markets at the AQA exam board. I’ve also previously held positions at the exams regulator, Ofqual, and the University of Nottingham.

Revd Dr David Emerton - demerton@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Foundation Governor

Term of Office - 18/01/20 - 17/01/24


My wife, Naomi, and I have lived in Bleasby for 2 years and have two daughters at the school – Lois, in Year 3, and Sophie, in Year 1.  I am currently Director of St Mellitus College, East Midlands – a Church of England theological college (vicar school!) that offers ordination training as well as full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate study.  Before that I was the Principal of the School of Discipleship in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham working closely with Bishop Paul.  Prior to moving to Bleasby, I was a Teaching Fellow in Systematic & Historical Theology at the University of Aberdeen.  I have served as a member of clergy in the London Diocese of the Church of England, and prior to ordination I worked in the City of London as a corporate lawyer.  Outside of theology and the church my interests include: Liverpool FC, crime novels and endeavouring to keep fit.  As a Foundation Governor I am deeply interested in the Christian ethos of the school as well as its vision and values, but also the question of how the school instils curiosity in children as an educational virtue.

Lindsay Brooke – lbrooke@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Co-opted/community governor

Term of office  - TBC


I am a single mum with one daughter who went to Lowes Wong and the Minster School. I spent much of my working life with ITV and the BBC. As a TV news reporter, presenter and producer I was involved in filming daily news stories and documentaries and putting together live regional news programmes. I left BBC East Midlands Today to work as a media relations manager at the University of Nottingham. I spent 12 fascinating years dealing with the local, national and international press and working with students, researchers and lecturers, helping them to publicise their work and raise the profile of the University across the world.


I love a round of golf and enjoy being part of the Hockerwood Voices choir. We are a small informal group of average singers but despite that we have raised hundreds of pounds for local charities through our ad-hoc performances!


Being a school governor is an opportunity to share some of the skills I have picked up along the way and use them in a way that will hopefully be of some benefit to the local community.

Sarah Smith - ssmith@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Staff Governor

Term of Office - TBC


I'm Sarah Smith, Staff Governor.  I have been teaching at Bleasby since the mid 1990s and have enjoyed seeing the school grow and develop during that time, whilst retaining it's caring, family atmosphere.  As well as being a full-time teacher I am currently responsible for SEN, English and R.E. and love the challenges that these roles bring.


In my spare time I enjoy gardening, walking and the great British seaside!