Andy Wheeler (Deputy Headteacher)
Deirdre Chapman - Joint Chair - (Chair of Premises Committee) - Parent
I volunteered to join the Governing Board of Granard as there was a vacancy for a parent governor at the time my two children entered the school. I was not brought up in the UK and was very interested in learning more about the UK education system. I have in depth experience in the Arts and understand the needs of both creativity in learning and the importance of working with the local community to help provide a well rounded school experience. I am currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors and have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Governor.
I loved my local authority primary school and believe that those early years are key for forming vital behavioural and social skills and a love of learning for the rest of one's life. I live locally to Granard and I believe it is taking great strides to be an egalitarian, inclusive and progressive primary for local children. I hope that the skills I have learned in my IT/Business career will be of use in position as Governor.
As a parent of two children at Granard Primary, I was keen to join the board of governers in order to give something back to the school and to offer support to the leadership with my expertise as a manager in the recruitment and employment industry. I have been fortunate enough to benefit from an excellent education both at home (in a family of teachers) and at school. I believe passionately that there should be equality for all across all areas of life and equality of education is vital in achieving this.
I wanted to join the Granard Governing Board, when the Chair, Wendy Gairdner, suggested it, for several reasons. I live locally and am much involved with St Margaret’s: Granard is our nearest school and has lots of connections with our church. I am a secondary teacher, and Chair of Governors in an Ealing secondary school, William Perkin, and I wanted to support students at primary age and understand their experience better. My speciality, both as a teacher and on the Governing Board is the curriculum, and I now chair the Curriculum and Achievement Committee. Thank you, Granard, for letting me join you!
When I was asked to become a governor of Granard I was delighted to accept, having long had an interest in education. I am convinced of the fundamental importance of a well rounded social and academic education, particularly in the early years of a child's life, and hope as a governor of Granard to be able to contribute to the excellence of the school
I wanted to be a Governor at Granard because I have always worked in education and now I have retired I wanted to see if my experience could be useful. Also the school is close to the Dover House Estate Allotments of which I am Chair. I would like to see further co-operation and links between the allotments and the school, particularly with regard to environmental issues.
I believe that a good education is key to a fulfilled life and primary school is where children learn so many life skills such as tolerance, respect, good manners as well as the pleasure of learning and participation in non academic activities such as sport, dance and PE. I hope I can make a small contribution to Granard as it strives to provide the best possible start to young children.
Local Authority Governor
Susana Knaudt - Joint Chair - (Chair of Pay and Personnel Committee)
Going into my fourth year at Granard I feel like I now have the experience and confidence to contribute to the wider school community. Being a staff governor would provide an ideal opportunity to give something back and, hopefully, a positive impact on staff and childrens’ experience of the school. In my three years at Granard, I have approached new challenges with a can-do attitude and think I will be able to apply my ideas effectively both on behalf of the staff and children. I am passionate about supporting the families we have in our cohort and with my expertise in this area I hope to have a positive impact on the Children, Families and Communities Committee. From September I will also be beginning my SENCO accreditation, combining this with a role as a staff governor would provide insight into the support required by both children with SEN and those staff responsible for assisting.
Liz Murray (Deputy Headteacher)