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Governing Body

The Governors of Barley Croft Primary School are proud of the opportunities offered to our pupils to develop the values and skills essential for their future. 


Parents and Staff are represented on the Governing Body, working closely with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team to set the aims and targets for the school and provide a broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise support at home is an essential part of learning for young people and we are always ready to receive the views of parents and hope some can consider standing for election as Parent Governors when the situation arises.


If you wish to contact a Governor for any reason you are welcome to do so via the school postal address or email address.

Governing Body Structure and Meeting Schedule

Picture 1 Dennis Yeates - Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Jane Robson - Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 1 Kevin Lacey - Headteacher
Picture 2 Debbie Ellson - Staff Governor
Picture 3 Zamzam Yusuf - Parent Governor

Dennis Yeates

Chair of Governors


I have been a governor at Barley Croft Primary School for the last 26 years, initially as a parent governor when my youngest daughter attended the speech and language unit at the school. My main motivation to become a governor was having the opportunity to give back something to a lot of people in the education system who went the extra mile in helping my family when we needed support.

My association with Leicester is strong, attending local schools before being apprenticed at a large local engineering company and then working in engineering, mainly sales and sales management, until retiring in 2011.

The skill set I bring to the governing body, other than life experience, includes management, organisation and communication experience, and the ability to work with budgets and statistics.

I am totally focused on helping to make Barley Croft Primary an outstanding school, offering the best possible learning experience to all of our children and giving them the opportunity of going on to have a happy, fulfilled and successful life.

As a governor but the real reward and enjoyment is in watching the children develop from tiny, shy foundation level starters into confident, accomplished and articulate year six students ready to take on the next level of their education.


Jane Robson

Vice Chair of Governors


I have been a governor at Barley Croft for five years, I am currently Vice Chair and Chair of the Performance and Standards Sub Committee which, together with the Headteacher and other staff, keeps a check on how well children at the school are learning and achieving.

I was Headteacher of a school in Narborough for ten years and more recently I have been coaching and training headteachers and other school leaders as well as helping other schools to improve. I became a governor because I wanted to continue to help and support schools and because I am always interested in good teaching and good learning. The children at Barley Croft are enthusiastic and full of energy and like all children they deserve the very best we can provide for them.

I want to see your children in your community grow and learn and able to do the very best that they can, to lead successful lives and to be happy. Exactly the same as I wanted for my own children and now for my grandchildren. I will continue to work with you, with the Headteacher, staff and other governors to achieve this.



Kevin Lacey



I started my teaching career in London in 1989, working in a primary school in London. In 2007 I was lucky enough to be appointed to Barley Croft as Headteacher – a position I love. I love making moving models, and playing the ukulele. I am also a trustee of Phoenix Cinema in Leicester City.

As a Headteacher I am driven by the desire to make sure that all children get the best opportunities in life and that our school helps children to overcome any difficulties or disadvantages they may have. Our school has a major role in nurturing a love of learning and a desire to make a positive contribution. We work hard to ensure that all families play their vital role.


Debbie Ellson

Staff Governor


After leaving school I worked in many different sectors of industry where I gained lots if invaluable experience.

I have been a Teacher Governor at Barley Croft for 7 years and I represent the views of staff on the governing body. I am an Assistant Headteacher and lead maths across the school. I believe that Barley Croft is a truly great school which undoubtedly has everything to do with the fantastic pupils that we have the pleasure in teaching.



Zamzam Yusuf

Parent Governor


I am a mother of four children, two of whom go to Barley Croft and I have been a parent governor since January 2013.

I have always been passionate about education, believing that learning should be stimulating, relevant and fun. I want to bring my knowledge of working in an educational establishment together with being a parent.

My children are always happy going to school and I feel this is a testament to the school as a whole.

Coming together and working on our children’s future is one of the things I really enjoy; the children are our future.

I love to read, cycle, yoga and do kickboxing.