Andy Wheeler (Deputy Headteacher)
Deirdre Chapman - 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 on the Resources Committee 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!
Malcolm Turner - Co-Chair
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.
I am a Civil Servant currently working on inclusion, diversity and wellbeing issues. I have lived in Putney for several years. I became a Governor at Granard in 2016 as I wanted to give something back to the local community. Since I have been a Governor I have been amazed at the learning opportunities available to children at Granard – both inside and outside the classroom – and the expertise and dedication of staff. Having a disability myself (I am blind), I can appreciate the additional challenges which children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) may face during their education. This is why I am particularly pleased to be the Governor with responsibility for SEND. In my visits to the school (with my guide dog Dasher) and discussions with staff and children, I am struck by the inclusive environment at Granard and the support available to ensure that children with SEND can achieve their potential and participate fully in the life of the school.
Local Authority Governor
Susana Knaudt - Co-Chair
I have always believed that high quality education is a critical component of a child’s development. Being a Governor allows me to play a role in that process. Since joining the Governing Board in 2011, I have been witness to the incredible work that the school does to provide a well-rounded and enriching experience to each of our pupils, instilling core learning and social values that will contribute to their success in the future. I use my experience in management and finance in the various committees that I am part of, as well as in planning the strategic direction of the school.
Since arriving at Granard I have been made to feel extremely welcome by the staff and the wider school community. Having thoroughly enjoyed my first year, I am now looking to take a more active role in influencing the direction the school is taking and the role of staff governor is the perfect way for me to achieve this. In addition to this, I am looking forward to meeting and learning more about the school from our governors!
Liz Murray (Deputy Headteacher)