Barnsole Primary School

Barnsole Primary School


 A warm welcome to the Governor's section of the school website.   


What is the role of a School Governor?


Our role as a Local Governing Board is to hold the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to account. This means that, on a day-to-day basis, the SLT run the operational side of the school. Moreover, we provide challenge and support in ensuring that the SLT deliver their strategic plans as presented in the School Development Plan (SDP). The core aim of the SDP is to drive improvement and ensure that the outstanding Ofsted rating (March 2016) is maintained; we whole-heartedly support the SLT and firmly put the pupils at the heart of every discussion we have. Governors are fully committed to attending meetings and visiting the school on a regular basis. We are fortunate to have an in-depth knowledge of how Barnsole operates and the opportunity to build relationships with the staff, parents and pupils; if you spot one of us in the school or in the playground, by all means come over for a chat.


From time to time, we look to recruit additional Governors. If you are interested in school Governance, please get in touch via the school:


The role of a Governor is an extremely rewarding one and is perfect for anyone who has a passion for education and a desire to improve outcomes for all pupils.


Over the coming year, Barnsole’s Local Governing Board will work hard with everyone associated with the school to ensure that pupils continue to have a happy and fulfilled education which prepares them for secondary school and beyond.



Meet the Governors

Sean Bennett - Parent Governor


I was elected as Parent Governor in October 2018. This role is completely new to me so it is going to be a big learning curve but I look forward to the challenge! I have four children; two at the school now and two that were previously at Barnsole. I work as a lorry driver for Waitrose and Partners.


Karen Benstead - Staff Governor


I am a Teaching Assistant (TA) at Barnsole. I have been at the school for five of my nine years as a TA - currently supporting in Year 6. I have three children: my two boys are currently studying at university and my daughter is in her first year of sixth form. Prior to having my children I was a management accountant in London; I put my career on hold to focus on my new job as a full-time Mum. My opportunity to retrain came once they were all at school and I became a classroom volunteer; I love being in the classroom and working with the children. As both a member of staff and a Governor, I am proud to be a part of the Barnsole community


Greg Lamb - Governor appointed by the Trust


I am a Westminster based Civil Servant with over five years’ experience in major project governance and management. As well as a drive for good governance, I have a passion for ensuring, wherever possible, children have the opportunity to strive and achieve. I have two children attending Barnsole Primary in Years 3 and 6 and I have been a Governor for eighteen months. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis at Avenue Tennis and trundling around the south-east to watch my kids compete.

Kerry Leverton - Governor appointed by the Trust


have been involved at Barnsole Primary School for over four years, firstly as a Parent Governor and now as a Trust appointed Governor. During this time, I have taken on responsibilities for SEND and safeguarding and, as part of my safeguarding role, attendance comes under my remit.

I enjoy my Governor role which, over time, has gone through many changes, including becoming part of Barnsole Primary Trust.

All of these changes have been a great learning curve for me and it has been great to see the school and the Trust develop and change. I enjoy spending time in the school and seeing how the school supports children and families throughout their time at Barnsole.

Aside from my Governor role, I have one son who attended Barnsole and has now moved on to secondary education. I have worked in education for adults for many years and currently work for a charity that provides care and housing for older people, as Learning and Development Officer.


Paul Lucy - Parent Governor


I was recently re-elected a Parent Governor for a second term of office. I have had two children pass through Barnsole and another two that currently attend the school. I want to be able to give back to my community by volunteering my time in this way. Shortly after the school converted to academy status, I progressed from being a Parent Governor to Chair. I very much enjoy my role as a Governor and find the position both challenging and rewarding. Outside of being a Governor, I work for British Telecom as a manager of a team of electronics engineers. I have also enjoyed coaching football for a number of years, at grass roots level, for local teams in Medway.

Reverend Robin Selmes - Governor appointed by the Trust


I joined the Local Governing Board in 2018 and am the current Minister for Gillingham Methodist Church. Before moving to Gillingham, I had previously served in Bracknell, working alongside three primary schools developing Holiday Club programmes and served as a local Governor in a village school for four years. I then moved to Brighton to work in a city centre church, building strong links with the local primary school. In Brighton, I also worked as the chaplain to Brighton and Sussex University. Prior to becoming a Governor, I was actively involved in Barnsole Primary School through leading assemblies and the Christmas concerts. I feel it is a real privilege to serve the school and local community, and I am thrilled to do this in my capacity as a Governor appointed by the Trust. I am keen to see the strong links the school has with the local community continue and develop.

Jennifer Shearman - Governor appointed by the Trust and Vice Chair of Governors


I am very proud to be a local Governor at Barnsole Primary School.  My day job is a senior lecturer in secondary mathematics education at Canterbury Christ Church University and I spend my days working with trainee maths teachers and undergraduate students, as well as being involved in other projects.  Before becoming a lecturer, I was a secondary maths teacher. I live in Strood with my husband (who attended Barnsole school many years ago) and my two children aged three and six.

Lisa Taylor - Head of School


My teaching career commenced in 1997. Since then, I have worked in a range of primary schools across Kent and Medway. I worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher across a number of Medway schools, before joining Barnsole’s Senior Leadership Team in 2012. I have been Head of School at Barnsole since May 2017 and feel privileged to be part of the ‘Barnsole Team’. So, what drives me? It’s simple – the children and, collectively, the difference we can all make in shaping their future hopes and dreams.


The Local Governing Board (Including roles and responsibilities)

Governor record of attendance at meetings

Register of Business Interests

Terms of Reference for Barnsole LGB


Minutes of the Local Governing Board’s meetings can be viewed upon request at the school office, or by email request to the Clerk to the Governors.


For any urgent information please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Baldwin, by emailing