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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section. The names of our governors are below and there is lots of other information in the documents at the end of the list of names. If you'd like to speak to a member of  our governing body, just ask at the office and someone will contact you. Parent and staff governors are also in school most days.


The governing body acts as a 'critical friend' to the school, providing support but also challenging to make sure that the children get the best education that they can.


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My name is Donna Sherratt and I am the Chair of Governors. I have 2 children in the school and joined the Governing body in May 2015 and became a Chair in September 2016. Professionally, I have an Early Year Degree and Leadership qualification’s, I have worked in Children’s Early Intervention services for 16 years. I am ambitious for the children at Robert Bakewell School and work alongside the Headteacher and staff team to achieve the best learning environment.


Should you need to contact me, my details can be obtained from the school office.

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My name is Dave Freer and I am currently Vice Chair, having served as Co-Chair for 2 years and having been a Governor since March 2004. My 3 sons who are now in their 20’s attended the school as we lived just off the Derby Road when they were younger. I was also Chair of Dishley Scout Group for 6 years which was, and still is, based at the school on Friday evenings. I have worked in a Bank all my career and this has enabled me not only to bring a financial perspective into school but also dealing with people which is a vital skill to have.I have seen a lot of changes at school through the years and I am committed to continuing to help the school and its staff to achieve the best outcomes for all the learners.

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Mrs Barber


Robert Bakewell is an incredibly special community of children, parents, staff and Governors, and I have been lucky enough to be a teacher at the school in a variety of roles for almost 10 years. 6 years ago I became a Staff Governor and enjoy being part of our active and dedicated Governing body and having opportunity to represent the voice of our dedicated and hard working staff in meetings and decision making. 

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My name is Mrs Freer, I started my teaching career at Robert Bakewell in September 2014 and joined the governing body in 2015. I have been teaching throughout Key Stage 2 since then and am a 'staff governor'. I join Mrs Barber in representing the voice of our wide range of wonderful staff! I am extremely dedicated to the life of our school and the progress that we continue to make as a community.

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My name is Andrew Reed and I became a Governor in June 2018. Professionally I have been in the brewing and pub retail business for 30 years. I started Charnwood Brewery (with my wife I might add!) in 2014 which focuses on supplying beer to local licenced premises. I am also a Non Exec Director of the Steamin’ Billy Pub Company which has 11 pubs throughout Leicestershire. I feel I can help the Headteacher provide the very best learning environment for the children at Robert Bakewell School. I look forward to the challenge.

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Hello, my name is Donna Alexander and I’m a parent governor at Robert Bakewell Primary school and have a daughter who currently attends our school. I’m a Registered Adult Nurse (BSc) specialising in Cardiovascular Research holding a MSc in Clinical Research Trials. I chose to become a governor in 2013 to help develop, support and challenge the decisions made that have an impact on our children’s education here at Robert Bakewell.

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Cath Watson - Clerk to the Governors



Hello, my name is Mary Bishop and I’m a parent governor at Robert Bakewell primary school. I have 2 children who both currently attend the school. It was also my primary school many years ago and holds a special place in my heart. I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 2002 and have had many years experience of working with children and alongside parents and carers. I became a parent governor in October 2018. I am very proud and passionate about Robert Bakewell and feel privileged to be a governor. I'm committed to working alongside the staff, leadership and governing body to help to achieve the best possible learning environment and outcomes for our children. Please feel free to come and have a chat about anything school related that I maybe able to help you with. I’m almost always in the playground at the end of the school day (I'm the lady that whizzes around on a blue mobility scooter!)

Chairs of Governors: Donna Sherratt and Dave Freer                                                                    
Parent Governors: Donna Alexander  
  Mary Bishop  
  Donna Sherratt  

Other Governors

Steve Brown  
  Dave Freer  
  Andrew Reed  
Staff Governors:    Jon Bishop (Headteacher)  
  Jo Barber (Teacher governor)​  
  Victoria Freer (Teacher governor)  
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