Barnes Junior School

Proud to learn, proud to achieve

Meet Our Governors

Joanne Lowes - Staff Governor

I have worked at Barnes Junior School since 2003 and have enjoyed being part of such a fantastic school community. The children who attend Barnes Juniors are amazing and I am proud to have taught so many wonderful children during their time at the school. As well as a class teacher, I am a year group leader, mathematics subject leader and I am responsible for work experience students.

I enjoy the oversight of school that being a governor provides and feel that I can contribute, in a positive way, to key decisions and discussions. I also feel that the professional development I get from being part of the Governing Body is invaluable.
I have two wonderful children – a son in primary school and a daughter just beginning her secondary education. In my spare time I enjoy spinning, reading, days out with my family and spa days with friends.

Joanne Hoyle - Parent Governor

I am the parent of 2 children, the eldest of whom attends Barnes Junior School. In 2019, I joined the governing body as a parent governor.

I have worked in education for 25 years, initially as a primary school teacher and for the last 16 years as an Educational Psychologist supporting a range of schools. I also work as part of a team supporting the educational need of looked after children.

I grew up in Sunderland and have lived in the Thornhill Area for over 15 years. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and baking.

I am very proud to be a governor of our caring, community focused school. I am passionate about schools being places where all children can achieve and thrive. I aim to bring my experiences and understanding of the education system to my role and am committed to making a positive contribution to the journey of our school. 


Cherry Crooks - Governor

I work as an assistant headteacher in a secondary school just down the road and I am very excited to become part of the team at Barnes Junior School.

I believe every child deserves the best experiences to allow them to achieve their potential, regardless of their starting point. I believe in a safe, inclusive and nurturing school environment in which pupils can learn, develop and thrive which is at the heart of the ethos at Barnes.

Working in education for the last 20 years I hope to offer my expertise and passion for learning to support and add value to your school. My teaching subject is Art and Design, I love all things creative and advocate the Arts in education.

Outside of work, I enjoy photography and walking in the hills and coastline of Northumberland where I live with my family. Nothing beats a long blustery walk before curling up on the sofa with a good book!