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;
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.
Barley Lane’s Governing Board is currently being led by 2 co-chairs, who are sharing the Chair of Governors role.
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|
|Phillippa Ansell||Parent Governor||Parents||30/11/2021 - 29/11/2025|
|Jenni Palmer||Parent Governor||Parents||Vice-chair of Governors, Parent Link LG, |
|29/10/2018 - 28/10/2022||Pay and Performance Committee, Headteacher Appraisal Panel|
|Liz Shinn||Local Authority Governor||Local Authority||Co-Chair of Governors,|
Community Link LG, Curriculum LG, new governor mentor
|08/11/2021 - 07/11/2025||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/Ex officio||N/A||Headteacher||06/05/2021 -||None|
|Razna Miah||Staff Governor||Staff||Careers LG||02/03/2020 - 01/03/2024|
|Helen Crossfield||Co-Opted Governor||Governing Board||Co-Chair of Governors,|
website monitor, GDPR LG, Health & Safety LG
|04/03/2021 - 03/03/2025||Headteacher Appraisal Panel|
Pay and Performance Committee
|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|
|Damian Furniss||Foundation Governor||SENtient Trust||19/07/2021 - 26/07/2022||Resigned|
|Liz Shinn||Local Authority Governor||Local Authority||11/10/2017 - 10/10/2021||End of Term of Office|
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. Barley Lane’s Governing Board follows 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) 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 – Housekeeping
18th October 2022 – School Improvement
15th November 2022 – Finance
12th January 2023 – Finance
28th February 2023 – School Improvement
21st March 2023 – Budget
23rd May 2023 – Finance
11th July 2023 – 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find below minutes of Barley Land School’s Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings.
Supporting documents can be viewed upon request.
Previous years’ minutes can also be viewed upon request:
Meeting Attendance Record
|Pay & Performance|
|Pay & Performance|
|Jenni Palmer||Attended||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Phillippa Ansell||-||-||-||-||Attended - 1st meeting after elected||Apologies Sanctioned||Absence not sanctioned||Absence not sanctioned||-||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|James Martin||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended|
|Helen Crossfield||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Attended||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||Attended|
|Katrina Campbell-Crocker||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||-||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||Apologies Sanctioned||-||Apologies Sanctioned||Attended||n/a|