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Barnsley Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Governors of Barnsley Academy

Local Governing Board (LGB)

Sue Palfreyman Chair Person
Daniel Lally Vice Chair
Matt Mears Local Governing Board Member
Cllr. Wayne Johnson         Local Governing Board Member
Christopher Thickett    Finance Governor
Jayne Dowle Parent Governor


Membership and meeting information

Name Role Role
Start Date 
22nd September,
Virtually Via Teams, 4pm
Sue Palfreyman Chair Sep-20 Nov-19   Y
Daniel Lally Vice Chair Sep-20 Sep-19   Y
Matt Mears LGB Member                         Sep-19   Y
Cllr. Wayne Johnson       LGB Member   Sep-20   Y
Christopher Thickett     LGB Member   Sep-20   Y
Jayne Dowle LGB Member   Sep-20   Y
Andrea Garnett LGB Member   Jun-17 Jul-20 N/A
David Green LGB Member   Oct-18 Sep-20 N/A
Ryan Lowe LGB Member   Apr-16 Mar-20 N/A
Nigel Robson Chair   Jul-17 Aug-20 N/A
Glynn Shore LGB Member   Jun-17 Oct-20 Y

Minutes of the meetings can be requested via the clerk to the Local Governing Board

You can write to the Chair of the Local Governing Board:

C/O Barnsley Academy
Farm Road
S70 3DL 

The clerk to the Local Governing Board is Amy Sear and can be contacted via amy.sear@sheffieldsprings.org

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