Barnsole Primary School

Barnsole Primary School

Local Advisory Committee

 A warm welcome to the Governance section of the school website.   


What is the role of the school's local governance?

My name is Jen Shearman and I am the Chair of the Local Advisory Committee for Barnsole Primary School. The other members work closely with me to form Barnsole's Local Advisory Committee. Our strong and committed team includes parents of children at the school and other individuals with a range of professional backgrounds. We are all volunteers.


Our role as a Local Advisory Committee is a strategic one. We do not get involved with running the school on a day-to-day basis, however we ensure that the schools' leadership team has 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 strategic 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 talk to staff and parents.


If you want to know more about the Governance at Barnsole, or are interested in becoming a committee member then do contact the school office.




Meet the Local Advisory Committee 

Zoe Gill - Staff elected committee member

I am very excited to join the Local Advisory Committee (LAC) for Barnsole Primary School. I joined the teaching staff in 2015 and have worked closely with the teams and families of children across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Outside of my teaching role, I have a family and we are very active and like to be outdoors. I am involved in Scouting in Gillingham and have previously been on the Board of Trustees for Kent Scouts. I am looking forward to working with the LAC, dedicating time to Barnsole in another way, in addition to my day-to-day teaching role. 



 Kerry Leverton - Trust appointed committee member

 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 elected committee member

Link committee member for Writing 

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.

Sara Ravasco - Parent elected committee member

I am a graduated Clinical Psychologist, experienced in private educational business management, child psychology and neurological research. I am passionate about children’s development and promoting their full potential. Alongside being a full-time Mother of two wonderful humans and undergoing professional training, I have carried out some community projects to better support parents and their children, over 6 years, in the UK. I believe that with the right support and initiatives, everyone can thrive. I am delighted and grateful to be able to work together with the Barnsole community, the school leaders and all the school staff.

Reverend Robin Selmes - Trust appointed committee member 

Link committee member 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 - Trust appointed committee member and Committee Chair

Link committee member 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.


The Local Advisory Committee (Including roles and responsibilities)

Record of attendance

Register of Interests

Terms of Reference 2019


Part of the Barnsole primary Trust. Minutes of the Local Advisory Committee's meetings can be viewed by email request.  Please direct your request to Rachelle Stevens - Clerk to the Board of Trustees at


For any urgent information please contact the Clerk to the Local Advisory Committee, Mrs Baldwin, by emailing