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Meet the Governors



The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school. They set the strategic direction and provide challenge to ensure the best outcomes for all.  

School governors are from different parts of the community, such as: parents, the staff, the local authority (LA), the community and the church.  This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience. At Barkston and Syston C of E Primary School, we have adopted the Circle model of Governance. This approach ensures we have rigour and challenge within our approach to school development. 

If you wish to contact a member of the Governing Board or raise an issue with the Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors: 


Rebecca J Lyon - Headteacher (Ex-Officio)






Mr Ian McBain - Chair of Governors 

I am a parent governor. All three of our daughters have attended Barkston & Syston CE School, the older two are now at secondary school. I am a self-employed garden designer, and in my spare time I enjoy running, DIY and cooking. 


Monitoring responsibilities: safeguarding, finance, phonics, performance management and pay, admissions and exclusions, PE and sports premium.





 Gemma Davie - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been appointed as the Local Authority Governor. My background is financial leadership and I have over 15 years’ experience in setting strategic plans, budgets and challenging stakeholders.

Outside my day job, I work with secondary schools running workshops aimed at encouraging children into careers within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and increasing their confidence.

I live in Hough on the Hill with my husband and our son, who is in Class 2. I am found most Saturdays at the Belton Park Run!


Monitoring responsibilities: mental and physical health and wellbeing (pupils and staff), finance, staffing, training and development (staff and governors.)




Rev. Stuart Hadley

                             I am an ex-officio Governor representing the Lovedon Group of Parishes.                              Monitoring responsibilities: Church school ethos, collective worship and maths.

Joanne Cox

I represent the staff on the Governing Body.  I have been teaching for many years and I am experienced in teaching all subjects.  I am the school's Special Educational Needs' Co-ordinator.  I believe all children have the capacity to excel and work with all staff at Barkston and Syston CE School to achieve this.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and going to concerts.

Cora Townson

I am a Foundation Governor, and the Churchwarden of St. Nicholas Church, here in Barkston. I moved into the village in 2011, which is when I started volunteering at the school.  I spent most of my working life in schools, retiring after 13 years as Headteacher at Waltham on the Wolds, a small primary school in Leicestershire. 

I am married with 2 grown up children (both of whom attended Secondary schools in Grantham) and 3 grandchildren.

Monitoring responsibilities: SEND, pupil premium and curriculum.

Kellan Walton 

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Lincoln. Currently serving in the Royal Air Force for the past 12 years, I have dealt with an abundance of high pressured, time sensitive situations and strategic decision planning within the UK and Overseas. Leadership, management and continuous improvement abilities have been prevalent throughout my career, implementing change through some challenging times. I strongly believe that this appointment will be very rewarding and I personally enjoy feeling part of a team. Our children deserve the very best education that we can provide for them and I would like to use this as an opportunity to give something back to the community and to help children at an important time in their lives.

I live in Gonerby Hill Foot with my husband and our 2-year-old daughter, who constantly keeps us on our toes! In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and baking.

Monitoring responsibilities: maths and health and safety, premises and insurance.

Sara Banks - Associate Governor

I represent the staff at the school on the governing body. I have many years experience of primary education, and I have been lucky enough to have worked in schools across England and in Europe. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family. I also enjoy gardening and reading.







Becky Ward

I’m a recently appointed parent governor, joining the board of governors in November 2020.

I have always been an active supporter of the school since my eldest daughter joined in 2013. She has now moved on to secondary, but we will still have a little girl in year 3.

I look forward to helping and supporting the school & staff team in the years to come.

In my spare time, I love muddy dog walks as a family, a good board game and keeping active.

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