Our Governing Body

Sarah Rees – Trust Appointed Chair of Governors

I am so proud to be the Chair of Governors for Dorothy Barley Junior Academy. I had the privilege of being the Headteacher at the school back when it first joined the REAch2 trust, and it is a pleasure to now be back working with a school, a community & leadership that I have a such a positive history with.

I am also a Mum to three young children myself and have worked with REAch2 and the team right from the very start of the trust being set up. I have worked in and led R2 schools in Walthamstow; Harlow; and Colchester. I am confident that my experience as a leader, a governor of schools both in R2 and the local area and as a mum myself will help me to both challenge and support the school in the next steps of an already very successful journey.

I look forward to supporting the staff, children and families in the next steps of the journey to success.

Carole Webb- Trust Appointed Vice Chair of Governors

I have for many years been connected with Dorothy Barley Junior Academy and my own children attended the school. I first became a Governor,  Parent Helper and Midday Supervisor at the Infant School and then made the decision to become a Governor at the Junior School

Brenda Goodwin – Co-opted Governor

I first started my career as a NHS nurse for many years before making a career change into secondary education. I have taught for 41 years as a PE/SEN teacher in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

I have won numerous awards for outstanding teacher as well as the Jack Petchy award of excellence.

During my teaching career I became a staff governor then moving on to a governor of an Infant school, where I took on many roles such as vice chairman, SEN governor, safe guarding, child protection and finance.

Since retiring 2 years ago I have continued supporting SEN pupils with numerous sporting events to help them overcome challenging obstacles and fulfil their dreams.

Due to my willingness to continue in education I have accepted the position of exam invigilator where I remain supporting SEN Students to achieve their GCSE and A- level qualifications.


Vacancy- Parent Governor 

Vacancy – Parent Governor

Wunmi Agunbiade – Trust Appointed Governor 

I am a management accountant with over 20 years’ experience; 18 years of which has been gained in the higher education sector.

I also have certificates in CIEH and NEBOSH coupled with practical H&S knowledge gained in my role as being Facilities Manager and Departmental Safety Officer (DSO) for the past 6 years. I conduct ‘Day one inductions’ for all new staff; coordinate and lead H&S inspection of six campus libraries.

I have four children – two of which are graduates of Westminster and Brunei Universities respectively; the third is attending Dagenham Park (C of E) secondary School; while the last is just starting at John Perry Primary School.

I have so much interest in children welfare, wellbeing and am quite keen for them to achieve success in whatever they chose to be in life. Though, I have been living in the UK for over 30 years, whilst in Nigeria I was a proud and successful scouts leader which shows I have always had a keen interest in children and youth being active, creative, building self-confidence, self-reliance and understanding of the importance of education.


Olabisi Amao- Trust Appointed Governor

I currently work as Student Financial Support within higher education and have been doing this for over 5 years.

Having completed a masters in Youth and Community work and being a parent, I have a great interest in supporting children and young people with their life aspirations and believe that receiving a great education is the stepping stone towards this.

As a new school governor, I want to use my skills and experience to bring new perspectives and potentially adapt the delivery of key skills according to each child’s needs to help them achieve the best results.

Miss C Leicester – Headteacher  
Mrs A Clarke – Staff Appointed Governor
Mr O Gokdemir – Staff Appointed Governor

LGB Meeting Schedule 2021-2022


Governor roles and responsibilities 2021-2022



Governor Attendance at Meetings 2020-2021


Declarations of Interest


Additional Information about REAch2 Governance

REAch2 Trust Governance Information.pdf