Who makes up the Governing Board?
Barley Lane School is a member of the SENtient Trust.
It’s Governing Board includes 2 governors appointed by the Trust (Foundation governors).
The Governing Board
The Governing Board of the Barley Lane School is made up of 2 elected parent governors, 2 Foundation governors, 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 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
|Name||Type of Governor||Appointing Body||Role |
|Term of Office||Committee(s)||Registered Interests|
|Damian Furniss||Parent Governor||Governing Board||Chair of Governors, Personnel LG,|
Deputy Safeguarding and Children in Care LG.
|19/07/2017 - 18/07/2021||Director Babcock LDP
(Provider of School Improvement and Support Services)
|Jenni Palmer||Parent Governor||Parents||Parent Link LG, |
|29/10/2018 - 28/10/2022||Pay and Performance Committee, Headteacher Appraisal Panel|
|Liz Shinn||Local Authority Governor||Local Authority||Vice-Chair of Governors, Community Link LG, Curriculum LG, new governor mentor||11/10/2017 - 10/10/2021||Headteacher Appraisal Panel, Pay and Performance Committee||Exeter College LSA Trainer and Assessor|
|Katrina Campbell-Crocker||Foundation Governor||SENtient Trust||Inclusion and Wellbeing LG||08/07/2020 - 07/07/2024|
|VACANCY||Foundation Governor||SENtient Trust|
|Dave Jones||Staff Governor/Exo||N/A||Acting Headteacher||06/05/2021 -||None|
|Razna Miah||Staff Governor||Staff||02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024|
|Helen Crossfield||Co-Opted Governor||Governing Board||website monitor, GDPR LG, Health & Safety LG||04/03/2021 - 03/03/2025||Headteacher Appraisal Panel||Director Graham Norwood Ltd|
|James Martin||Co-Opted Governor||Governing Board||Finance LG||16/10/2019 - 15/10/2023||Pay and Performance Committee|
|Left in the last 12 months||Reason Left|
|Andrew Shinn||Co-opted Governor||Governing Board||Health & Safety LG||28/11/2018 - 18/12/2020||Pay & Performance Committee||Resigned|
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
Governing Board Meetings
The Full Governing Board (must meet at least 6 times each academic year but it) plans to meet 9 times, 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 2020/2021 the scheduled meeting dates are:
(Please note these dates may be subject to change.)
7th September 2020
15th October 2020
26th November 2020
21st January 2021
4th March 2021
25th March 2021
20th May 2021
17th June 2021
15th July 2021
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Attendance Record
|Michael MacCourt||Attended||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||n/a||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Damian Furniss||Attended||Attended||n/a||Attended||Attended||n/a||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Jenni Palmer||Attended||Attended||Attended||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Absence Sanctioned||Attended|
|Andrew Shinn||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|James Martin||Attended as guest||Attended||n/a||Attended||Attended||n/a||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Raz Miah||-||-||-||-||Attended as guest||-||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Katrina Campbell-Crocker||-||-||-||-||Attended as guest||-||Attended as guest||Attended as guest||Attended as guest||Attended|
|Deputy Headteacher: Dave Jones (invited guest)||Absence sanctioned||Absence sanctioned||n/a||Attended||Attended||n/a||Absence Sanctioned||Attended||Absence Sanctioned||Attended|