St Barnabas C of E Primary School



What do governors do?

Governors offer strategic guidance, rather than getting involved in the operational aspects of a school.

Being strategic means thinking about what the school wants to achieve, and how it will achieve it.

This involves:

  • Working with other board members to help plan the school’s strategic direction
  • Overseeing the school’s finances, making sure money is well-spent
  • Holding the headteacher and other school leaders to account

A governing body will challenge existing processes to drive school improvement, and support the school in what they are aiming to achieve.

Who can be a governor?

You don’t need to be a parent or education expert to volunteer as a governor. Schools need a mixture of skills to ensure their boards operate effectively.

How to apply

If you would like to be a governor, or find out more information about what it involves, contact us so we can ask a governor to chat to you and tell you what it's like.

Please see the link below for more information about being a governor in a Leicester City school.

Leicester City Council school governors page 

Financial information

Please follow the link below to find out about our finances, which is overseen by our governors.

Schools financial benchmarking service

We have to share the number of our staff who have an annual salary of £100,000 or more. There are no members of staff who are in this category.


Our governing body 

To find out about our governing body, please follow the links below.

Please click here to see who our governors are (as well as the biographies of them all below this).

Please click here to see information on our committees and the governors terms of reference.


A little bit about our governors...


My name is Jason Gregory, I am the chair of governors at St Barnabas. I'm currently a foundation governor, previously a parent governor.

I am the father of 5, all of whom attended St Barnabas. I have 28 years experience working in social work in differing roles. 

I work for Leicestershire County Council, Fostering & Placements Service as part of the Dedicated Placement Support Team.



I am a mum of 4, with the eldest two currently attending the school in Years 5 and 2. 

 I am hardworking and dedicated and have a huge passion for education. My employment history has been in this field, working for an education partnership and Local Government for 12 years. Previous to that I worked in Business advice. Whilst working I also completed a degree in BA honors Business Information Management. 

 I enjoy reading, walking, baking and being active and outdoorsy with the kids.

 The role of governor is important to me as the welfare and education of not just my children but all the children is important to me and I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference.


Hi. I’m Jenni Cousins and I am a staff governor at St Barnabas. I was elected as a governor at the beginning of the Autumn term 2020. 

I started teaching at St Barnabas in August 2007 as a newly qualified teacher. I have worked across the school in different year groups, but have taught for a length of time in foundation stage. I have recently become the SENCo, and I am about to undertake my National SENCo award.  I am passionate about providing all children an inclusive and accessible curriculum, allowing them all the opportunity to flourish. I have a keen interest in music, especially singing. I have led the school choir for many years and have provided some exciting singing experiences for the children.

Away from school I have three boys who like to keep me very busy! I am currently refreshing my musical instrument playing skills by relearning to play the flute and piano.



I'm the Associate Minister at our parish church of St Mary and St Barnabas Church, Humberstone.

I am committed to contribute in any way I can to provide a healthy, safe, caring and happy learning community in which everyone can flourish together. As a practicing Christian, I am committed to protecting the Christian ethos of the school and supporting the children and staff as they embed the vision and values into their everyday life.

I have been involved in school governance for many years in different roles and feel that schools have a crucial part to play in the general health and wellbeing of the whole community in which they are placed.

Before retiring from full time employment, I enjoyed a very long and varied career in BT. I didn't keep retired for long and now I work part time for the St Philip's Centre which helps communities to live well together in the diverse, multi faith and multi cultural city of Leicester.



Information to come soon!



I have worked in education for almost 20 years and am currently an assistant head teacher at a Leicester city school.

I really enjoy the teaching side of my job and teach year 6s English and maths. I am passionate about teaching and learning and making sure that all our children are given the best start to life.

I am new to the governing body at St Barnabas having joined the team in Jan 2024 and have received a very warm welcome.

In my spare time I enjoy running and playing netball.  I also attend adult tap-dancing classes where I have even taken and passed some exams!

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