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.
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!
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)
I decided to become a staff governor in order to gain experience of the wider decision making process and to play a key role in maintaining and developing the excellent reputation Granard Primary School has amongst the local community.
Liz Murray (Deputy Headteacher)
Goodbye to our Chair of Governors
Last Friday, 18th November 2016, we said goodbye to Wendy Gairdner, who has retired from her role of Chair of Governors. We thank her for all the help, support and advice she has given to the school over the last 20 years. She will be greatly missed by us all, although she has promised to come back and read with the children!