Barnsole Primary School

Barnsole Primary School


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


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

Our role as a Transition 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 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 member of the Transition Board then do contact the school office.



Meet the transition board 

Zoe Gill - Staff Elected Member 

I am the staff elected member of Barnsole Primary School’s Transition Board. 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. Being part of the Transition Board I am looking forward to helping develop Barnsole with its Curriculum and Values to strive for the best for our children.

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.


 Kerry Leverton - Trust Appointed Member

I have been involved at Barnsole Primary School for over four years, firstly as a Parent Member and now as a Trust Appointed Member. My key responsibility on the Transition Board is safeguarding. 

I enjoy my role which, over time, has seen much change and development. My role has been a great learning curve for me. I enjoy spending time in the school, seeing how our children and their families are supported throughout their time at Barnsole.  

 Aside from my 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 – as a senior Learning and Development Officer - that provides care and housing for older people.


Paul Lucy - Parent Elected Member and Chair

I have been a Parent Elected Member at Barnsole for almost five years now, including two years as Chair. I have had two children pass through Barnsole and my two other children currently attend the school. Many members of my extended family have also attended the school since the early 1900's! 

I have lived in Gillingham all my life and really want to be able to give back to my community by volunteering my time in this way. I very much enjoy my Member role and find it both challenging and rewarding.

Outside of my Member role, I work for British Telecom as a manager of a team of power and electronics engineers. I have also enjoyed coaching football for a number of years - at grass roots level - for local teams in Medway.

 You will be able to find me at school drop off and pick up, nearly every day, should you wish to say hello!

Reverend Robin Selmes - Trust Appointed Member and Vice Chair


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 my governance role at Barnsole I was actively involved in the 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 Member appointed by the Trust. I am keen to see the strong links the school has with the local community continue and develop.




Contact: Transition Board, c/o Barnsole Primary School, Barnsole Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7  2JG.