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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 with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and much more.

School governors are drawn 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.

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 Lyon  Headteacher


I am on the Governing Body as the Headteacher.  I represent the interests of everyone within the school: pupils, parents and staff.  




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 sit on the personnel committee and am the link governor for literacy and the foundation stage. I am a self-employed garden designer, and in my spare time I enjoy running, diy and cooking. I also serve as a parent governor at KGGS in Grantham.




 Gemma Davie - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been appointed as a Parent 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 Roe Deer Class. I am found most Saturdays at the Belton Park Run!


Susan Morgan

I am a foundation governor and worship at a church in Grantham. Currently, I sit on the curriculum and performance management committees. I am a retired primary school teacher and on retirement moved from S. London to Gelston.





Helen Morris

I am Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese to represent Syston PCC with The Dame Thorold Charity. I am a Physiotherapist working at Grantham Hospital and live in Barkston with my husband and two sons. Both of my sons attended the school but are now at secondary school. I have an interest in science, PE and health promotion and education.  In my spare time I enjoy horse riding and playing badminton.



Maryan Nussey

I am a Local Authority appointed Governor.  I have been Chair of Barkston and Syston Parish Council, and like wise have been Churchwarden of Syston church and PCC secretary, for many years. I am a retired secondary school teacher of English and History and have always been interested in and supported the local school. As a volunteer in the Learning and Discovery Department at Belton House I did some work on projects with pupils, and hopefully will be able to do so again. 


Rev. Stuart Hadley

I am an ex-officio Governor representing the Lovedon Group of Parishes.

 Mrs Joanne Cox

I represent the staff on the Governing Body.  I have been teaching for twenty-six years and 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.  I am married and have one daughter who used to attend Barkston School but is now at secondary school.  I love 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.

Kellan Walton 

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Lincoln. I am a member of the Personnel and Performance Management Committees. 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.

Alison Evershed


I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Diocese.  Having lived in Grantham for the past 11 years, I thought it was time I tried to give something back to the community that has made me feel so welcome and at home.  After many years of working at Aberystwyth University, in various roles, I am now an Admin Assistant and Clerk to Governors at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.  Consequently, I have a keen interest in education as a whole.  There is lots to learn but I am really happy to be involved in life at a Primary School again after the many years since my, now very grown up, sons finished their education.  


Sara Banks - Associate Governor

I represent the teaching staff at the school.







Judy Byrom - Clerk to the Governors

I have lived in Gelston for over 30 years and have always been involved in the local community. I was a governor at Marston School some years ago when my children were pupils there and likewise on the PTA at Sir William Robertson School. Much of my working life has been with Community and Voluntary Services in Newark and when left I felt I needed something to keep the brain cells ticking over and this role is ideal. I also volunteer with the CAB, take the minutes for Hough on the Hill PCC and am a member of Hough History Society and Marston WI.