Barley Lane School is a member of the SENtient Trust.

Who makes up the Governing Board?

The Governing Board of the Barley Lane School is made up of;

2 elected parent governors,
2 Foundation governors (appointed by the SENtient Trust),
1 Local Authority (LA) governor,
a staff governor,
an ex-officio governor – usually the school’s Headteacher
and 5 co-opted governors.
Other than the Headteacher, each governor serves a four year term of office.

The Governing Board

The Governors are all volunteers.

There can also be Associate members, who are appointed by the Governing Board to serve on one or more committee. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in Governing Board decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by the committees to which they are appointed. Associate members can attend Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings but may be excluded from any part of the meeting where the business being considered concerns a member of school staff or an individual pupil.

The Governing Board is assisted by a Clerk to the Governors, who is employed by Devon County Council.

For information on who currently makes up the Governing Board, see below.

Members of the Governing Board

NameType of GovernorAppointing BodyRole
(LG=Lead Governor)
Term of OfficeCommittee(s)Registered Interests
Yasmin TreanorParent GovernorParentsSafeguarding LG23/05/23 - 23/05/27
Liz ShinnLocal Authority GovernorLocal AuthorityCo-Chair of Governors,
School Improvement LG
08/11/2021 - 07/11/2025Headteacher Appraisal Panel, Pay and Performance CommitteeExeter College LSA Trainer and Assessor
Andrew ShinnFoundation GovernorSENtient TrustCareers LG
Finance LG
04/10/2022 -
Pay and Performance
Christine BrayFoundation GovernorSENtient TrustVice-chair of Governors,
School Improvement LG
19/10/2022 -
Devon Partnership NHS Trust - Employee
Dave JonesStaff Governor/Ex officioN/AHeadteacher06/05/2021 - None
Razna MiahStaff GovernorStaffInclusion and Wellbeing LG02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024
Helen CrossfieldCo-Opted GovernorGoverning BoardCo-Chair of Governors, GDPR LG, Personnel LG04/03/2021 - 03/03/2025Headteacher Appraisal Panel
Pay and Performance Committee
Director Graham Norwood Ltd
Nigel KingcomeCo-opted GovernorGoverning BoardSafeguarding LG12/01/23 - 12/01/27
VacancyCo-opted GovernorGoverning Board
VacancyCo-opted GovernorGoverning Board
VacancyCo-opted GovernorGoverning Board
Left in the last 12 monthsReason Left
Phillippa AnsellParent GovernorParents30/11/2021 - 24/01/2024Resigned
James MartinCo-Opted GovernorGoverning Board16/10/2019 - 25/07/2023Resigned

Contact the Governing Board

To contact the Governing Board email


The Role of Barley Lane School’s Governing Board is:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

Overseeing the financial performance of school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Board’s Aims and Vision

At Barley Lane School we seek to create a safe and stimulating environment in which all pupils reach their full potential.

Our primary concern is that all our pupils gain full access to the National Curriculum and while doing so grow emotionally and develop self-discipline.

During this process they will grow in confidence and be able to adjust their problematic social behaviour and hopefully start to overcome any previously held barriers to learning.

Parents and/or carers are continually informed of pupis’ progress and are encouraged to be close partners in our school philosophy.

In order to achieve our vision, we shall aim to:

Ensure that quality learning takes place.

Meet the individual needs of all the pupils.

Make Barley Lane School a place where all people are valued and respected.

Make Barley Lane School a stepping-stone to a positive future for all pupils.

Raise pupil’s self-confidence and self -esteem.

Structure of the Governing Board

The work of the Governing Board can be delegated to take place in committees. Currently Barley Lane’s Governing Board has a Full Governing Board only structure, where the only work delegated to committees is Pay and Performance, Headteacher Appraisal and any Hearings (staff conduct and capability, exclusion, grievance and disciplinary procedures as required).

Some of the Governing Board’s work is delegated to individual governors, who are allocated Lead Governor roles to cover the following;


Premises, Health & Safety


GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

School Improvement


Inclusion and Wellbeing

Community and Parental Links



Governing Board Meetings

The Full Governing Board (must meet at least 6 times each academic year) it plans to meet 8 times, with a Housekeeping meeting in September and the remaining 7 meetings divided equally between each term. This year, each term, there will be 1 meeting with a Finance focus and 1 meeting with a School Improvement/Teaching & Learning focus.

The Pay and Performance Committee and Headteacher Appraisal Panel, both meet twice per year.

Below can be found a record of governor attendance at last year’s meetings.

For the Academic Year 2022/2023 the scheduled meeting dates are:

(Please note these dates may be subject to change.)

20th September 2022 – FGB Housekeeping
18th October 2022 – FGB School Improvement
15th November 2022 – FGB Resources
12th January 2023 – FGB Resources
28th February 2023 – FGB School Improvement
21st March 2023 – FGB Budget
23rd May 2023 – FGB Resources
11th July 2023 – FGB School Improvement

The Full Governing Board meetings are open meetings. Members of the public are welcome to make arrangements to come and listen to proceedings. If you are interesting in attending please approach the Clerk to the Governors,

Meeting Attendance Record

Pay & Performance
Extraordinary FGB
Pay & Performance
Dave JonesAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended-AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Damian FurnissAttendedAttendedAttended-AttendedAttendedAttendedAttended-AttendedAttendedAttended
Liz ShinnAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Jenni PalmerAttendedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Phillippa Ansell----Attended - 1st meeting after electedApologies SanctionedAbsence not sanctionedAbsence not sanctioned-AttendedAttendedAttended
James MartinApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Raz MiahAttendedAttendedAttended-AttendedAttendedAttendedAttended-AttendedAttendedAttended
Helen CrossfieldApologies SanctionedAttendedApologies SanctionedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttended
Katrina Campbell-CrockerApologies SanctionedApologies SanctionedApologies Sanctioned
-Apologies SanctionedApologies SanctionedApologies SanctionedApologies Sanctioned-Apologies SanctionedAttendedn/a

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