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We are the Governing Body of Bleasby CE Primary School

Bleasby School Governors

Bleasby School Governors 1 I'm Ian Stockford, Chair of Governors
Bleasby School Governors 2 I'm Gordon Burton, Parent Governor & Vice Chair
Bleasby School Governors 3 I'm Louise Carpenter, Staff Governor
Bleasby School Governors 4 I'm Peter Cast, Local Authority Governor
Bleasby School Governors 5 I'm Rev'd Phil White, Foundation Governor
Bleasby School Governors 6 I'm Angela Dunning, Parent Governor
Bleasby School Governors 7 I'm Linda Morgan, Foundation Governor
Bleasby School Governors 8 I'm Emma Harrison, Parent Governor
Bleasby School Governors 9 I'm Chris Barnes, Foundation Governor
Bleasby School Governors 10 I'm Vicky Wicks, Co-opted Governor
Bleasby School Governors 11 I'm Peter Duff, Associate Member

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

Parent Governor and Chair of Governors

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 took on the role of Chair of the Governing Body in January this year. I have two children at the school, currently in Apple and Willow class, and became a governor to give something back in return for the great start the school has given them. One of my priorities since taking on the role of Chair 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.

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. 

Louise Carpenter - lcarpenter@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Staff Governor

Term of Office - 16/03/2017 - 15/03/2021

Pupil & Personnel and Strategic Development Committee Member


I am key stage 2 leader and teach Cedar class (years 5/6) at the school. I have been here since summer term 2014. I have 2 children; Elsie and William. Since joining the team, I have applied for both of my children to be pupils here. The school is a fabulous place and the children here are a delight to work with. At university I studied teaching for 4 years with my specialist subject being science. However, since starting my teaching career my subject specialism has been Literacy: I worked as an associate Literacy consultant for the Local Authority for a while whilst at my previous school.

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

Foundation Governor

Term of Office - 25/11/2015

Pupils & Personnel Committee Member


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 an orphanage in rural W Kenya, with which the school is linked.


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.”

Vicky Wicks - vwicks@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office - 16/03/2017 - 15/03/2021

Strategic Development and Pupils & Personnel Committee Member


I am a teacher at Nottingham High School where I teach Business Studies. I have 3 children, all of whom have attended Bleasby Primary School. I am the chair of the Pupils and Personnel Committee.

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.

Linda Morgan - lmorgan@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Foundation governor

Term of Office - 04/07/2018 - 03/07/2022


I’ve lived in Thurgarton for over 35 years, and my children and I have very happy memories of Bleasby School in the 1980s. Until retirement I worked as a doctor and research scientist at Queen’s Medical Centre, where I was closely involved in teaching medical students and post-graduates. I’ve been church warden at St Peter’s church in Thurgarton for some years. My interests include making and listening to music, and helping with the production of the village magazine, Thurgarton People. It’s a privilege to be serving now as a foundation governor at Bleasby School, helping to ensure that our children can learn in a welcoming and safe environment based on strong Christian values.

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.

Emma Harrison - eharrison@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Parent Governor

Term of Office - 26/10/18 - 25/10/22


I currently have 3 children at Bleasby School and hope that, by being a Parent Governor, I can help the school continue to be a great place for our children to thrive, be happy, and meet their full potential.  I am a solicitor, who has worked in-house in the financial services sector for the last 14 years, and believe my commercial, legal and managerial experience will assist in my governor role.  I love the outdoors and particularly enjoy spending time with my family having adventures in our campervan."

Peter Duff - pduff@bleasby.notts.sch.uk

Associate Governor

Term of Office - 26/03/2015 - 25/03/2019

Finance & General Purposes Committee Member


I moved to Caythorpe over 14 years ago and chose Bleasby as the primary school for our twin children. I was hugely impressed by the school, and in particular the genuine interest and enthusiasm of the staff which was also clearly evident in the pupils attending. Although my children are no longer at the school, I am keen to try and assist Bleasby continue with its high standards and provide an inclusive, safe and fun environment for learning within the heart of a local community. I believe that my skills and experience from over 20 years as an employment lawyer and involvement in management can be of use within the governors environment. I am currently a partner in and Chairman of a national law firm. Outside of work I am also a Parish Councillor for Caythorpe, but most of my time is spent with the family and being involved as much as possible in the lives of two busy children.