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Carolyn Robinson:                    Chair of Governors

Hello my name is Carolyn Robinson and my association with Edge Hill Junior School has been long and happy spanning nearly thirteen years both as a parent and more recently as a Governor.  I was appointed as a Community Governor in 2006 and took over the role of Chair of Governors two years later.  My experience throughout this time has been extremely rewarding and has enabled me to talk regularly with children, staff and parents to understand how together we can raise standards and enhance and improve school life.   My duties involve supporting the Head teacher and senior teachers across many aspects of school business and enable me to be regularly involved in monitoring children’s progress and achievement at the school.

My motive for becoming a school governor was to give something back to both the school and the community and to contribute some of my own work experience to the governing body.

If you wish to contact me about any concerns, I would always be pleased to hear from you.’  you can contact me on



Joanne Smith:                         Vice Chair of governors

I'm Jo Smith and I've been a parent governor at Edge Hill Junior school for 4 years and have recently taken on the role of Vice Chair of Governors. I am on several committees in the school including Personnel, School Improvement and Monitoring and for me monitoring is the most rewarding area as I get to spend time with the pupils and staff and see the school at it's very best, when are children are happy, enthusiastic and engaged.

My motivation for becoming a parent governor was to help and support the school in it's drive to help every child achieve their full potential. I believe that my role as  governor is to provide the school and it's leaders with ideas and opinions from a parents viewpoint and to ensure that parents have a voice in how the school develops and moves forward.

I am very proud to be a member of Edge Hill's governing body, striving to help the school to become the best that it can be.

If you would like to contact me about any concerns you may have I would be very pleased to hear from you. yOu can contact me on:





Caroline Smith:                         Co-opted Governor

I’m Caroline Smith and joined the Governing Body in November 2016, although I have worked with the school very closely over the past 3 years as part of my role managing the School Sports Partnership within East Staffordshire.  During this time I have seen the school develop and enhance its provision to all its pupils which has pleased me immensely. 

My motivation for joining the Governing Body is to ensure that the school continues to offer added value to every child to enable them to reach their potential whether it be academic, sporting, musical, artistic or otherwise.  My experience of working with other schools has provided me with many skills that I think I can use to support Edge Hill Junior School further. I am more than happy to discuss any areas of concern or aspect of school life with you – please feel free to contact me.



Claire Rogers                     Co-opted Governor

Hello, my name is Claire Rogers and I have been recently appointed as a Governor at Edge Hill School, my daughter is in her final year at Edge Hill so am very familiar with the school.

I have been considering taking up a governor’s role for a while now, and started officially in September. I am the Managing Director of a social care organisation that provides care and support to families and children with disabilities so I am hoping that my experience working with children and leading Ofsted regulated services will help the school to achieve the outstanding rating that it deserves. I will be taking the lead on all things SEN and safeguarding to support the great work undertaken by Mrs Foster. I would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact me through the school.



Steve Smith                              Parent Governor

My name is Steve Smith. I have recently joined, the School governing board. My motivation for doing so, is to ensure that our children are given the very best! I have many years works experience, working with communities, including schools. I am a highly motivated individual, who will challenge where appropriate and I am keen to give 100% where possible, to ensuring the school, continues to adapt to change and lead the way. I have supported the school with sport and I also hold the position of Mini Junior Vice Chair, at the Burton Rugby Club. I am always willing to listen and provide support wherever required. I believe ‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care’. Our children are our future and the standards our school sets is what our children will adopt, ‘Behaviour breeds Behaviour’. I will work with the School to do my upmost to secure the well-being of our children. If anyone wishes to contact me then please feel free.




Mike Mander                              Headteacher Governor

I have been the Headteacher and on the Governing Body at Edge Hill for 17 years. Prior to joining Edge Hill as Headteacher I worked in Birmingham for over 15 years in several schools across the whole primary school range from Reception to Year 6. It has been a privilege and hugely rewarding working with governors, staff and children at Edge Hill over the years continuously improving the school. I am totally committed to providing the children in our school with the best education and opportunities that I can working together with the whole school community.


The children are an absolute delight who never cease to impress me with their determination, hard work and positive attitude to school.

I am very proud to work at Edge Hill with such a committed and hard-working staff and have relished the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of developing Edge Hill into the good school it is today.  


Jane Foster:                            Staff Governor

I have had the privilege of being a teacher at Edge Hill Junior School for 26 years. I have taught years 3,4,5 and 6 and I have had responsibility for RE, Art and Science. I was Assistant Head for 10 years and I have been Deputy Head for the last year. I have a range of roles within school including a responsibility for Safeguarding, SEND, Attendance, Behaviour, Bullying, EAL and Teaching and Learning. Edge Hill is a great place to work and a great place to learn. The ethos in school is a happy one and it is paramount to us that children are happy in school. I have been a governor of the school for a number of years and as part of that team, the governors have worked successfully alongside all staff and parents to provide challenging, enjoyable and worthwhile learning experiences for the children in our care.


Governors information




Original Start Date

Term of Office

Mrs Carolyn Robinson

Co-opted (Chair)


01/04/2015 – 31/03/2019

Mrs Joanne Smith

Co-opted (Vice-Chair)

12/11/2012 (as Parent Governor)

12/11/2016 – 11/11/2020

Dr Michael Mander



01/04/2015 -


Mr Peter Davies



01/09/2017 31/08/2018

Mrs Alison Vernon


03/10/2006 (as Parent Governor)

01/04/2015 – 31/03/2019

Mrs Susan Paxton



16/05/2016 – 15/05/2020

Mr Mark Wistow


29/02/2016 (as Co-opted Governor)

16/05/2016 – 15/05/2020

Mr Steve Smith




01/09/2017 -


Mrs Jane Foster



01/01/2016 – 31/12/2019

Mrs Caroline Smith



01/11/2016 – 31/10/2020

Mrs Claire Rogers



01/09/2017 - 31/08/2021