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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.

Kevin Lacey


Staff Governor


I started my teaching career in London in 1989, working in a primary school in South Tottenham. 

In 1995 my family settled in Leicester and I worked in a variety of teaching roles, spending 7 years as Deputy Headteacher.  In 2007 I was lucky enough to be appointed to Barley Croft as Headteacher – a position I love.  I love making moving models and robots, music and singing and am learning to play the ukulele!  Recently I have become 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.

Dennis Yeates

Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor


I have been a governor at Barley Croft Primary for the last twenty four years and first became a parent governor when my youngest daughter attended the speech and language unit at the school. I am married with two grown up daughters and two grandchildren aged two and four years. My interests include all forms of sport, gardening, DIY and, of course, education.

My association with Leicester is strong, growing up in the Highfields area of the city and attending local schools before being apprenticed at a large local engineering company and training at the Leicester Polytechnic. I worked 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.

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. Whilst in my early days as a governor I was particularly interested in special needs, I am now totally focussed 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.

Being a governor involves giving time and working on a voluntary basis, 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


I have been a governor at Barley Croft for two years, I am currently Vice Chair and I am 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 a teacher and also for ten years Headteacher of a school in Narborough.  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.

Mrs Ellson

Staff Governor


After leaving school I worked in many different sectors of industry (retail, transport, food/entertainment) where I gained lots if invaluable experience.  However none of my jobs fulfilled me professionally which was why in my mid-twenties and with two young children, I returned to university as a mature student to study for a History degree.


After leaving university, for several years I worked within the manufacturing industry as a project manager.  Bored, I returned to university again and studied for my PGCE. 

I have now been teaching for nine years and I have enjoyed every single minute.  I find my teaching career to be very satisfying and I gain immense pride in helping all the children that I teach.


I have been a Teacher Governor at Barley Croft for five years and I represent the views of the teaching staff on the governing body. I work on the School leadership team where I have the responsibility of leading maths across the school.

This is my fifth/sixth year of teaching at Barley Croft. 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


My name is Zamzam Yusuf and I am 28 years old. I am a mother of four children, three of whom go to Barley Croft and I am currently working at the school as a lunch supervisor and parent governor since January 2013.

I love to read, cycle, yoga and kickboxing. 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 and also learning and extending my knowledge of children and their developments. Confidence and communications skills have continuously helped me to interact well with people, especially children. My children are always happy going to school and I feel this is a testament to the school as a whole.

One of the things that attracted me to this role is working with kids.  As a mother and a governor, I enjoy every aspect of my jobs and know my responsibilities. Coming together and working on our children’s future is one of the things I really enjoy.

I am involved in the PTA meetings and I feel that the link between governors, PTA, parents and the school, all meet at the same point.  My long term goal is to provide a happy learning, educational, social and enjoyable time for our children. I feel that it is extremely important and that the children are our future.