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.
|Barley Croft Primary School Governing Body|
|Name||Governor Type||Term of Office ends||Position||Governing Body Meetings Attendance 2021/22||Resources & Finance Committee Attendance 2021/22||Performance & Standards Committee Attendance 2021/22|
|David Isaac||LA Governor||29/06/2024||Chair of Governors||5/5||5/5||4/4|
|Rebecca Dulieu||Ex Officio Headteacher||3/3||4/4||3/3|
|Viv Brooks||Staff Governor||25/03/2025||5/5||4/4|
|Andrea Bird||Co-opted Governor||22/11/2025||2/5||1/5||1/4|
|Gretel Stonebridge||Co-opted Governor||26/10/2025||5/5||3/3|
|Samira Tayaballi||Co-opted Governor||30/08/2023||2/5||2/5|
|Vi Dempster||Co-opted Governor||29/06/2024||2/5||1/5||0/4|
|ZamZam Yusuf||Co-opted Governor||30/03/2026||2/5||4/5|
Previous Governors in the last 12 months who are no longer standing as governors
Name of Governor
Date of finish
Hemant Rae Bhatia
Chair of Governors
I am currently employed as a Business Change Manager at Leicestershire County Council and have worked in that capacity for a variety of organisations over the last 25 years. I am married with two daughters, the eldest of which is studying law at De Montfort University and the youngest is in her GCSE year at Wreake Valley Academy. I became a governor at Barley Croft Primary in 2016.
Since joining the governing body I have been impressed by the enthusiasm and warmth of the school leadership team, all the staff and all the children. Together with all the governors I will strive to ensure the school is fully supported to continue to deliver an outstanding learning environment that will prepare the children to have happy and fulfilling lives.
I have worked at Barley Croft Primary School since January 2022 and have previously been a Headteacher at another primary in Leicester City. I have worked across Leicester city in education for over 25 years and still hold the same passion and drive that I did in my first year of teaching.
I have 2 daughters and I am an avid West Ham United football supporter. That doesn't always go down well in Leicester!
I feel very privileged to work in such a wonderful school that celebrates the diverse community that our school serves. Working closely with the Governing Team is essential to ensure that the school continues to provide what our community of children need. Ensuring that all have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I have been working at Barley Croft Primary School for the last 6 years and have now been the staff governor for 2. Prior to working at Barley Croft I have worked in a variety of teaching roles over the last thirty years including mainstream teaching across the primary range, providing schools with support around behaviour and mental health, working as a SENCo in a large city school and more recently as a class teacher for children with a special educational need.
It is a privilege to represent the staff of Barley Croft as a governor and ensure, as we think about how to provide an excellent education for all the children in the school, we also consider the workload and expectations on the staff. I feel having the view of someone working within the classroom is essential for governors as they work with the school to create an innovative and fun curriculum for the children . My heart is that all children should develop a love for learning in their own way and reach their highest possible potential.
In my spare time I enjoy walking, taking in the amazing creation that is our world, photography, which helps me stop and stare, and many creative pass times linked to textiles e.g. crochet, felting and weaving.
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.
Helping children receive a good education and school experience are the reasons I became a governor. I spent four years as a governor in Leicestershire, and on moving to the city, I looked for a new role and joined Barley Croft in 2017. This was great because it is an interesting, dynamic school with staff that look for ways to give the children a purposeful, engaging, challenging school experience. Having worked with children in the past and having run my own businesses, I bring a wide range of experiences to the role.
I became a governor at Barley Croft Primary School in December 2021, after a career encompassing people management, continuous improvement, and change. I have a passion for learning and have worked in retail, manufacturing and latterly in higher education. Currently I am an Associate Consultant for SUMS Consulting and help universities understand and learn about their people culture and use their key drivers to support change.
I am really enjoying being part of the Governing Team for such a diverse and thriving school where I see a passion for continual improvement with children’s learning and development at the heart.
I enjoy playing in a guitar ensemble, I am learning to play bass guitar with the goal of playing in a blues band, I enjoy swing jive and open water swimming.