Our Governors

The role of the Governing Body is to assist with the strategic development of the school and to ensure accountability.

They do not deal with day-to-day management issues as this is the job of the Headteacher. The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the parents, the staff, the local authority, the church and the parishes.

The governing body has two sub committees: The Education Committee and The Business Committee.
 
 
Helen Cobley (Co-Opted Governor & Chair)

Helen is the Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the education committee. Helen is a biologist and works for an agrochemical firm in Cambridge. She has two sons, who both attended Barrington C of E School. Helen became a governor because she wanted to support the school to offer the best education opportunities to the children. A small school like Barrington faces many challenges but having a strong governing body, motivated staff members and an amazing body of volunteers makes a good school where children can reach their full potential.

Member of Education and Business Committee.
Helen sits on the head teacher's Performance Management Panel.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions) : None.
Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 1st September 2015 (4 years). Appointed by the Governing Body.
 
 
Gill Davies (Head Teacher)

Gill has been a member of staff at Barrington for over 18 years. She originally came on a two week placement and loved the school so much she stayed. Gill is also the SENDCo at Barrington school and has much experience with special educational needs. Gill's caring and understanding approach makes her a much loved by all the children.

Member of The Education and Business Committees.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.
Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 1st January 2016 (n.a.).
 
 
Simon Lake (Foundation Governor, Chair of Business Committee)

Simon is a member of the Business Committee. He trained as an accountant and worked for 30 years in company taxation in private practice and in industry and commerce. He has lived in Barrington for 25 years and is involved in the work of the village church.

Chair of The Business Committee.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.
Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 1st September 2012 (4 years). Appointed by the PCC.
 
Rev. Felicity Couch (Chair of Education Committee)

I have been the Rector of the local group of churches for 10 years and was a governor when I first came, after a four year gap I have recently returned to the Governing Body. Throughout my time here I have been very involved with the school, with Collective Worship and helping with school values and RE work. I am passionate about prayer and different ways to introduce children to the spirituality within them. REActive Church, Prayer stations and Philosophy club have all been ways I have been involved with school.

I live in Orwell with Max the dog, Denny the cat and a variety of chickens, including 4 of the chicks hatched in school in April.

 

Chair of the Education Committee

Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): Governor at Petersfield C of E Primary
Date of Appointment (Term of Office): June 2020 4 years Ex Officio Governor

 
Rowena Gardiner (Parent Governor)

Rowena is a member of the Education Committee. She has three children who have all attended  Barrington School and has lived in Barrington most of her life. She wants to take a more active role in helping the school provide the best environment and education for all its' pupils. She has been working in the Educational Sector since 2003 and feels her experience will be beneficial in supporting the school.

Date of appointment (Term of Office): October 2017 (4 years). Elected by parents.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.
 
 
Michael Todd (Parent Governor)

Michael has lived in Shepreth for nearly 10 years and currently has 2 children at the school. He wanted to become a school governor so that he could help to continue the good work the school has been doing. He runs a family Bakery firm based in Cottenham.

Member of The Business Committee.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.
Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 4th February 2016 (4 years). Elected by parents.
 

Stephanie Klöckner (Parent Governor)

 

Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and sponsorship having worked as Director of Communications within the London office of ENGINE, and as a freelance consultant more recently. She has lived in the village since 2013 and has two children at Barrington School.

Stephanie became a Governor because she feels passionately about supporting the school to offer the best opportunities possible to the children. She loved her time at school and wants to help create and maintain that environment at Barrington. She is currently Secretary of FOBS and helps to run the school’s Ministry of Environment and the school’s inclusion in the global Eco Schools educational programme. Stephanie also helps to run the Cambridge Stroke Group, a charity which provides support and a lifeline to stroke survivors in Cambridgeshire.

 

 

Stephanie is the designated governor for SEND, Pupil Premium and Remote Learning. She sits on the head teacher's Performance Management Panel.

Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.

Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 3rd April 2019. Appointed by the Governing Body.

 

Mike Richards – (Foundation Governor)

Mike is a civil engineer, specializing in building large dams and hydropower projects all over the world.

During his working life he engaged in helping a local school in China (near the project) and most recently in Ethiopia, where the children’s school is very basic. They were so happy to receive books and now even have desks, and chairs to sit on.

Mike lives in Shepreth; he has seven granddaughters aged between 1 and 7 and is consequently very interested in young people’s education and development.

Being a governor enables him to bring his management experience and global outlook to our village school, and a desire to help the community.

 

Member of The Business Committee.
Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.
Date of Appointment Feb 2019.  4 years. Foundation Governor

Sharon Isaacs

After working in the banking sector for some years, Sharon became a mum to three children (all now grown up).  She subsequently entered the teaching profession and taught in primary schools in London for nearly twenty years until moving to Barrington in 2018.   Sharon continues to be involved in teaching on a part-time basis and is a volunteer helper at Barrington C of E School.  She is passionate about children’s education and providing them with a happy, supportive school environment.  She hopes that her experience will assist in continuing the excellent work already done by everyone at Barrington C of E School.

 

Member of the Education Committee

Declaration of pecuniary interest (including governance roles in other educational institutions): None.

Date of Appointment (Term of Office): 3rd April 2021. Appointed by the Governing Body.

 

Governors who have recently stepped down
 
We are grateful for the contribution made by Simon Cobby  (2012 to 2020), Chriss Baynes (2017 to 2020) and Sarah Holdgate  (2019-2020) who have recently stepped down from their role as governors.
 
Governor Vacancy. 
We currently have a vacancy for a co-opted governor.  The position is open any member of our community who has an interested in taking an active role on the governing body.  
 
If you would like further information please contact Helen Cobley - chair@barrington.camb.sch.uk
 
Governors are subject to a DBS check before appointment.