Who makes up the Governing Board?

Barley Lane School is a member of the SENtient Trust. It’s Governing Board includes 2 governors appointed by the Trust (Foundation governors).

The Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Barley Lane School is made up of 2 elected parent governors, 2 Foundation governors, 1 Local Authority (LA) governor, a staff governor, an ex-officio governor – usually the school’s Headteacher and 2 co-opted governors. Other than the Headteacher, each governor serves a four year term of office.

The Governors are all volunteers.

There are also Associate members, who are appointed by the Governing Board to serve on one or more committee. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in Governing Board decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by the committees to which they are appointed. Associate members can attend Full Governing Board (FGB) meetings but may be excluded from any part of the meeting where the business being considered concerns a member of school staff or an individual pupil.

The Governing Board is assisted by a Clerk to the Governors, who is employed by Devon County Council.

For information on who currently makes up the Governing Board, see below

Member of the Governing Board

Contact the Governing Board

To contact the Governing Board email


The Role of Barley Lane School's Governing Board is:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Board's Aims and Vision

At Barley Lane School we seek to create a safe and stimulating environment in which all pupils reach

their full potential. Our primary concern is that all our pupils gain full access to the National Curriculum

and while doing so grow emotionally and develop self-discipline. During this process they will grow in

confidence and be able to adjust their problematic social behaviour and hopefully start to overcome any

previously held barriers to learning.

Parents and/or carers are continually informed of pupis’ progress and are encouraged to be close partners in our school philosophy.

In order to achieve our vision, we shall aim to:

  • Ensure that quality learning takes place.
  • Meet the individual needs of all the pupils.
  • Make Barley Lane School a place where all people are valued and respected.
  • Make Barley Lane School a stepping-stone to a positive future for all pupils.
  • Raise pupil’s self-confidence and self -esteem.

Struction of the Governing Board

The work of the Governing Board can be delegated to take place in committees. Currently Barley Lane’s Governing Board is trialling a Full Governing Board only structure, where the only work delegated to committees is Pay and Performance, Headteacher Appraisal and any Hearings (staff conduct and capability, exclusion, grievance and disciplinary procedures as required).

Some of the Governing Board’s work is delegated to individual governors, who are allocated Lead Governor roles to cover the following;

  • Finance,
  • Premises, Health & Safety and Welfare
  • Personnel
  • Curriculum
  • Safeguarding and Children in Care
  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Parental Links
  • Community Links

Governing Board Meetings

The Full Governing Board (must meet at least 6 times each academic year but it) plans to meet 9 times, divided equally between each term.

The Pay and Performance Committee and Headteacher Appraisal Panel, both meet twice per year.

 Below can be found a record of governor attendance at last year’s meetings.

For the Academic Year 2020/2021 the scheduled meeting dates are:

(Please note these dates may be subject to change.)

  • 7th September 2020
  • 15th October 2020
  • 26th November 2020
  • 21st January 2021
  • 4th March 2021
  • 25th March 2021
  • 20th May 2021
  • 17th June 2021
  • 15th July 2021

The Full Governing Board meetings are open meetings. Members of the public are welcome to make arrangements to come and listen to proceedings. If you are interesting in attending please approach the Clerk to the Governors,

Name Modified Date