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Welcome to Barton St Peter's Governing Body Information Page

The Governing Body for Barton St Peters School is a team of individuals drawn from different sections of our community – Head teachers, staff and parents, local community members and because St Peters is a church school we have representatives from the local church.

Governors are the strategic leaders of the school and have overall responsibility for the way a school is run. We have to promote the highest standards for all the pupils, help to set the overall aims and objectives and monitor the school’s progress towards achieving them.

Governors support and challenge the Head Teacher and are often referred to as “critical friends”. We ask difficult questions, seek information and provide constructive criticism. Overall the three key roles for Governors are - setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Individually governors have no direct power within the school. All decisions are made at our full governors meetings or one of the committee meetings though these are generally ratified at the full board meeting

We meet as a full governing board three times each year in the second half of each term. In the first half of each term we have a day of committee meetings. The morning is taken up with the Resources Committee which includes finance, personnel, property and health and safety plus one or two others. The afternoon sees our Teaching and Learning committee which looks at children’s progress and other aspects of teaching. Usually governors will stay for the full day and if not involved with one of the committees will use the time to take learning walks around the school.

As governors we like to hear the views not only of the staff but also the parents. One or more of us are at most of the events in the school and we look forward to hearing you views. If you would like to contact the chair, John Pullen then you can email him  or write to the school.


Picture 1 Mr John Pullen - Chair of Governors Foundation
Picture 2 Mr Mike May - Vice Chair of Governors Co opted
Picture 3 Miss Adeline Brack - Head Teacher
Picture 4 Mr Jack Danson - Deputy Head / staff governor
Picture 5 Father David Rowett - ex oficio
Picture 6 Mrs Sue Wind- Foundation
Picture 7 Mrs Julie Bowtle - Co opted
Picture 8 Mrs Michelle McBride - Co opted
Picture 9 Ms Helen Grounds- parent
Picture 10 Mrs Cheryl Capp Co opted
Picture 11 Mrs Megan Dent - Parent
Picture 12 Mrs Su Burman - Parent
Picture 13 Mrs Sue Wright - Co Opted
Picture 14 Mr John McCartney - co opted



Mr John Pullen

Chair of Governors

Foundation governor

Responsible for medical conditions policies


I have been a foundation governor at Barton St Peters for about six years. I was Vice Chair for two years and have been Chair for two years. I have always been a big believer that if you live in a community you should try and give something back to the community. I was heavily involved with the St. John organisation but it was very similar to my job as a paramedic and so I left and became a Cub Scout Leader and then the Group Scout Leader. When I retired I decided that I would become a governor at a school and Barton St Peters was always my first choice.

I have a long association with church Schools since I went to the Church School ( Wilderspin ) on Queen Street and both my daughters went to Barton St Peters. Since becoming a governor and especially the chair of governors I have started to understand the complexities of running a school and teaching in general which I had not seen as a parent.

Away from school my time is taken up with two granddaughters ( 3 and 6 ) and my longstanding hobby is amateur radio.

I am always available should you wish to discuss any school matters either by email or if you leave a message with the school offoce


Mr Mike May

Vice Chair of Governors

Co Opted Governor

Governor responsible for Pupil Premium




I spent almost the first 50 years of my life in my home city of Hull. Most of my working life was in the public sector with Humberside County Council, North Lincolnshire Council and the NHS.

I have been married to Elaine for 45 years and we have two sons, two daughters in law and two grandchildren. We have lived in Barrow upon Humber for almost 20 years.

My career was spent in and around schools, so on retirement I looked for an area that I could continue to contribute to and at my wife’s suggestion I applied to be a governor.

I want St. Peter’s to be a place where children can learn and grow. Somewhere they feel safe and where we can ensure that they emerge as happy and bright young people, ready for the challenges that lie ahead. As governors we are expected to assist the Head and her team in strategic planning, ensuring that the direction of the school is channelled and challenged, and that the resources provided are used to the maximum benefit of all our children.

Mrs Sue Wright

Co opted governor


I have lived in Barton all my life except for 3 years at Leeds University where I trained to be a teacher. I have been involved in education since starting as a pupil at Castledyke School then the Grammar school followed by teaching. I was a Parent Governor at Bowmandale and Baysgarth and a staff governor at Winteringham Primary school when  I studied for an S.E.N. Diploma at Sheffield Hallam. Most recently I was a Co- opted Governor at Castledyke where I taught until 2years ago. As a Governor there I was involved in Literacy (especially the disadvantaged readers), Expressive Arts and R.E.

I became the Bishop’s Visitor for St. Peter’s in 2009, realising that I could contribute to the school as a member of St. Mary’s church where I sing in the choir and am part of the Local Ministry Team. I am aware that Christian values underpin the life of the school and enjoy taking worship, welcoming the children and the staff to their worships and educational visits. I accompany them to the Cathedral in Year 6 and take an active role in the Year 5 day at St. Mary’s.  When there was an opportunity to become a Governor I decided to apply.

I believe in a holistic approach to education Also, along with the Head, fellow governors and staff,  providing a welcoming, safe and friendly environment, encouraging  the children to be the best they can be whilst  preparing them for their secondary education.

Mr John McCartney

Co opted governor


I am recently retired, having spent the last 25 years of my working life at an oil terminal on the Humber Estuary.
Both my sons attended St Peter’s during the 1990’s, and I was a parent governor during this period.
When I was asked to rejoin the governing body as a Co-opted Governor I had no hesitation in accepting the offer and hope to contribute to the success of the school going forward.
I believe the role of the governing body is to assist the Head in ensuring the children are provided with the best education possible and to prepare them for continuing their school life when they leave St Peter’s.


Father David Rowett



I am the parish priest of the Barton upon Humber group of parishes and a foundation governor at St. Peter’s. Being a governor goes with the job here, but it’s not my first brush with governorship. I was Chair of Governors at a non-Church Primary School in my last parish, and I taught in a Secondary school before ordination.


I don’t pretend to be an educational specialist – but that’s not what I am there for. As a governor, I get chance to see the issues which are likely to impact on staff, students and parents and which may affect the wellbeing of the school community – for good or ill. A Church school (which is not the same as a “Faith School” whatever the papers say) has a particular duty for the flourishing of everyone within the community, and being on the Board of Governors gives me the opportunity to pick up on that sort of thing early on. Oh, and occasionally I have even been known to make a useful observation!


Mrs Julie Bowtle

Co opted governor

Chair of Teaching, Learning and Attainment



I have been a governor at Barton St. Peter's for 10 years and still find it challenging as there are always new national initiatives and new and developing children!

My career background is in Human Resources management and it continues to be an area in which I can make a significant contribution as I am Chair of the personnel committee in addition to teaching and learning. I began as a parent governor but I am now a co-opted governor as my child is now at university.


Since 2004 I have spent half a day a week as a parent helper. This has largely involved listening to children reading. I am passionate about literacy and I am also the governor responsible for the topic.


Mrs Sue Wind

Foundation Governor


My children attended Barton St. Peter's so I have had links with the school since 1981. I have been employed at the school for over 26 years, as a lunchtime supervisor, Teaching assistant and in my present role since 1992. I have seen lots of changes over the years!


This is my fourth time as a governor, twice as the non-teaching governor and now as a Foundation governor. I am a regular member of St. Mary’s church and when the foundation governor position became vacant is seemed logical that I represent the church.


Mrs Cheryl Capp

Co opted governor

Governor with SEND responsibility



Ms Helen Grounds

Parent Governor


I am a Parent Governor here at the school. I have two children at the school and have seen them thrive in the caring and friendly environment.

I moved from Birmingham after my children and I lost our home and decided the best place for us was near family. Barton has been a great town to my family, but most importantly the school has been wonderful to us.

Previously I worked in event running where I helped raise funds for various charities and now I often can be spotted in the news or radio talking about video games, especially about children’s safety and women in the gaming industry. I also have worked closely with the UK’s cloth nappy library and helped councils to set up nappy schemes.

If you ever have a concern or just want to talk please don’t be shy, you will find me in both KS1 and KS2 playground at pick-up time.


Mrs Michelle McBride

Co opted governor


I am a co-opted governor, having been appointed to the board in April 2018. I live in Barton with my husband and two daughters having moved here in 2017. We have found Barton to be a welcoming and friendly place and really enjoy living in the town. 

I am employed by the University of Hull as a solicitor advising the University on a wide range of legal matters. My employment means that I have an understanding of the complexities and the legalities which affect educational establishments. 

I currently have one child attending St Peter's and have a keen interest in the school and I am keen to support the school in continuing to go from strength to strength. 

If anyone would like to discuss any matters involving the school please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Su Burman

Parent governor

Governor with SEND responsibility


I am an ex pupil of St Peters attending when my family moved from Aberdeen Scotland, when I was 8 years old. I completed a BSc (HONS) in Criminology and Sociology at Teesside University in Middlesbrough. I worked at Geest Prepared foods in Barton for 8 years as a Quality Auditor before becoming the Intelligence Unit Office Manager at Humberside Police. I was responsible for support staff and the management of the Divisional Criminal Intelligence System, identifying risk in relation to sensitive graded intelligence.

I am married to Anth and our son attends the school. He is very happy at school and is learning so much, growing with confidence all the time.

I am a new Governor, but I am looking forward to the challenge, and feel passionate about young people’s education, well-being and safety. I’d like to help the school continue to build on the great ethos and values that already exist.

Mrs Megan Dent

Parent governor


I am a relatively new parent governor here at the school. I am married to Tim and our son Henry attends St Peters and is currently in reception class.

My background is in local government benefit assessment for the last fifteen years however once our son started schoolI felt like I would like to become more involved with the school and within a role where I could make a difference. In my short time as a governor I have already learnt so much but am looking forward to learning lots more and expanding my knowledge.

It is wonderful to be a part of the school and to embrace the ethos & values that already exist here

Mr Jack Danson



I have been a teacher for six years, having taught previously at a primary school in Scunthorpe. I was educated in Barton-upon-Humber and studied at university in Liverpool before becoming a teacher. I am currently very proud to be the Deputy Headteacher and Year 6 class teacher at Barton St Peter's. I also have responsibility in school for Literacy, Pupil Premium and Attendance and work closely in school with Miss Brack as part of the school management team. I feel passionately that school should be a safe and happy place where our children can learn, have ambitions for the future and grow into well-rounded young people. As both a governor and Deputy Headteacher, I believe fully in the open-door policy of our church school and look forward to working with you.