A warm welcome to the Governor's section of the school website.
What is the role of a School Governor?
My name is Jen Shearman and I am the Chair of Governors for Barnsole Primary School. Others Governors work closely with me to form Barnsole's Local Governing Board. Our strong and committed team include parents of children at the school and other individuals with a range of professional backgrounds. We are all volunteers.
Our role as a Local Governing Board is a strategic one. we do not get involved with running the school on a day-to-day basis, however we ensure that the school's leadership team have everything in place to enable all children in Barnsole to feel safe and progress in their learning. Some of the ways we do this are by looking at pupil data and reading the School's Development Plan. We can then support the SLT in ensuring that this plan is followed, and challenge them in areas that we would like to know more about. We have formal meetings and regularly visit the school to look at the children's learning, and talkt to staff and parents.
If you want to know more about Governance at Barnsole, or are interested in becoming a Governor then do contact the school office.
Meet the Governors
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
Kerry Leverton - Governor appointed by the Trust
I 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. 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
Link Governor for Reading
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 Chair of Governors
Link Governor for Mathematics
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 undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as being involved in research 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.
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.
Minutes of the Local Governing Board’s meetings can be viewed by email request. Please direct your request to Rachelle Stevens - Clerk to the Board of Trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any urgent information please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Baldwin, by emailing Balds007@bptrust.org