Barley Croft Primary School

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. 


The Governing Board consists of a combination of people these are elected by parents and staff, appointed by the City Council or co-opted by the Governing Board. School Governors help the Headteacher and staff to achieve the school aims. They make important decisions on how the school is run.

Governors work as a whole group or as part of a committee. Our Governing Board has 2 committees that are responsible for:

  • Resources and Finance
  • Performance and Standards    


Governors meet has a whole group at least once a term and as a committee at least once a term.


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


If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Barley Croft, please contact the school office for further information   



     Barley Croft Primary School Governing Body  
Governor Information    
Name Governor TypePositionDeclaration of interestsDate appointedTerm of Office endsPositionGoverning Body Meetings Attendance 2022/23Resources & Finance Committee Attendance 2022/23Performance & Standards Committee Attendance 2022/23  
David IsaacLA Governor

Chair of Governors (FGB)

Vice chair of resources and finance committee

None30/06/202029/06/2024Chair of Governors4/43/44/5 
Rebecca Dulieu Ex Officio Headteacher Employee01/01/2022  4/44/45/5 
Viv BrooksStaff Governor  Employee26/03/202125/03/2025 4/4 5/5 
Gretel StonebridgeCo-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors (FGB)

Chair of performance and standards

None27/10/202126/10/2025 4/4 5/5 
Samira TayaballiCo-opted GovernorChair of resources and financeNone01/09/201930/08/2023 2/43/4  
ZamZam YusufCo-opted Governor None31/03/202230/03/2026 1/42/4  
Ayan FahieParent Governor None31/10/202230/10/2026 2/4 1/2 
Keily ShirraParent Governor None11/01/202310/01/2027 2/32/33/3 

Previous Governors in the last 12 months who are no longer standing as governors

Name of Governor


Date of finish

Andrea BirdCo-opted Governor29/06/2023
Vi DempsterCo-opted Governor27/04/2023

* Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body, Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority, parent governors are elected by the parent body and staff governors are elected by the staff body of the school

David Isaac

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.  


Rebecca Dulieu


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. 


Viv Brooks

Staff Governor

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.  


Gretel Stonebridge

Co-opted Governor


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.


ZamZam Yusuf

Co-opted Governor

ZamZam Yusuf is a dedicated individual with a profound commitment to youth development and community engagement. 

As the founder and managing director of ZamZam Unlimited Possibilities CIC, a nonprofit organisation, ZamZam leads a mission to deliver customised youth development programs, engaging cultural workshops, and enlightening cultural awareness events. Her passion for creating positive impacts in the community is evident in the initiatives undertaken by her organisation.

Currently serving as a co-opted governor at Barley Croft Primary School, ZamZam has seamlessly transitioned from her role as a parent governor. With a wealth of knowledge amassed over her many years of work within the school system and the charity sector, she brings valuable insights that contribute significantly to the strategic direction of the school.

ZamZam is not only a professional dedicated to her cause but also someone who finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Outside her commitments, she enjoys the tranquillity of walking and cherishes moments spent with her loved ones. Her multifaceted experience, genuine dedication, and personal interests make ZamZam Yusuf a valuable asset and an inspiring presence within the Barley Croft school community.