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.