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Barley and Barkway (VA) Church of England First Schools Federation

‘Christian Love in Action’

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Our Governing Board is a group of committed individuals who monitor and advise on all aspects of school activities for the school. Our overall responsibility is to help and support the Headteacher and staff in the running of the school and to make sure the school provides a good quality education for all the children. It focuses on raising standards of achievement by promoting excellent teaching and learning to enable all pupils to achieve their maximum potential.

Our Governing Board

  • plans the school’s future development, monitoring and evaluating progress
  • helps to set and reviews the school’s policies
  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • recruits the Headteacher and works closely with them
  • makes decisions on the school's budget, allocation of resources and staffing
  • makes sure the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs.


Each Governor is elected for a period of four years by the Parochial Church Council, the District Council, the Parish Council, the Parents, the Teachers and the Diocesan Education Committee.

Our current members are shown below. They are there to support you and would like to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.

Below is a list of individuals who make up our current Governing Board.  Meetings of the Governing Board are found in our calendar.  They are held twice a term.

Mrs Amy Martin Chair of Governors - Parent Governor
Reverend Canon Ruth Pyke                                         Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation Ex-Officio
Mrs Sharon Brown Federation Headteacher
Mrs Carol Arrowsmith Local Authority Governor
Mrs Alison Gower                          Foundation Governor
Mr Ed Whybrow Foundation Governor - Finance
Mrs Donna Stratton Foundation Governor
Mrs Kim Kingston Foundation Governor - PCC
Mrs Belinda Hamblin Associate Member
Mrs Sue Jagelman Associate Member
Mr Joseph de Klerk Parent Governor - Health & Safety
Mr Bryan Turner Associate Member
Mr Chris Pearce  
Mr Robert Davies Member of Staff Governor

PCC = Parochial Church Council

The Governing Board can also be contacted by email via the school office.