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 2 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
VACANCYParent GovernorParents
Jenni PalmerParent GovernorParentsParent Link LG,
Safeguarding LG
29/10/2018 - 28/10/2022Pay and Performance Committee, Headteacher Appraisal Panel
Liz ShinnLocal Authority GovernorLocal AuthorityVice-Chair of Governors, Community Link LG, Curriculum LG, new governor mentor11/10/2017 - 10/10/2021Headteacher Appraisal Panel, Pay and Performance CommitteeExeter College LSA Trainer and Assessor
Katrina Campbell-CrockerFoundation GovernorSENtient TrustInclusion and Wellbeing LG08/07/2020 - 07/07/2024
Damian FurnissFoundation GovernorSENtient TrustChair of Governors, Personnel LG,
Deputy Safeguarding and Children in Care LG.
19/07/2021 - 18/07/2025Director Babcock LDP
(Provider of School Improvement and Support Services)
Dave JonesStaff Governor/Ex officioN/AInterim Headteacher06/05/2021 - None
Razna MiahStaff GovernorStaffCareers LG02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024
Helen CrossfieldCo-Opted GovernorGoverning Boardwebsite monitor, GDPR LG, Health & Safety LG04/03/2021 - 03/03/2025Headteacher Appraisal PanelDirector Graham Norwood Ltd
James MartinCo-Opted GovernorGoverning BoardFinance LG16/10/2019 - 15/10/2023Pay and Performance Committee
Left in the last 12 monthsReason Left
Andrew ShinnCo-opted GovernorGoverning BoardHealth & Safety LG28/11/2018 - 18/12/2020Pay & Performance CommitteeResigned
Michael MacCourtHeadteacher - Staff Ex officioN/A - 06/05/2021unwell on lead up to retirement
Damian FurnissParent GovernorGoverning Board19/07/2017 - 18/07/2021End of Term of Office

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 is trialling 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 and Welfare


GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)


Safeguarding and Children in Care

Inclusion and Wellbeing

Parental Links

Community Links

Website Monitor


Governing Board Meetings

The Full Governing Board (must meet at least 6 times each academic year) it plans to meet 7 times, with a Housekeeping meeting in September and the remaining 6 meetings divided equally between each term.

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 2021/2022 the scheduled meeting dates are:

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

16th September 2021

21st October 2021

16th December 2021

17th February 2022

24th March 2022

26th May 2022

14th July 2022

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

Emergency FGB
Extraordinary Part 2
Emergency Part 2
Michael MacCourtAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies Sanctioned----
Damian FurnissAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Liz ShinnAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Helen Crossfield------Attended as guest:
Attended-Attended-Attended-AttendedApologies AcceptedAttendedAttended
Jenni PalmerAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies SanctionedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedApologies SanctionedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Andrew ShinnAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended:
James MartinAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Raz MiahAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedAttended AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedn/aAttendedAttended
Katrina Campbell-CrockerAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedn/aAttendedn/aAttendedAttended
Deputy Headteacher: Dave Jones (invited guest)AttendedAttendedn/aAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended--Acting Headteacher:
Acting Headteacher: AttendedActing Headteacher:
Acting Headteacher:
Acting Headteacher:

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