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Granard Primary School

"Growing together; Achieving together"
Parents have commented that "Granard is a well managed school with good and helpful staff", "All staff are hardworking and care for the children", "Granard is a wonderful school; it is diverse and electric with fun, caring and very hardworking staff", "My children enjoy their time at school". Early Years parents have said "I am very pleased with the start my child has made in Reception. He has made good progress already", "I'm more than happy to have chosen Granard for my child". KS1 parents have said "We think the school is fantastic - good teaching and a good ethos", "My children are very confident and enjoy learning". KS2 parents have said "She has really done well and I'm a proud parent".



Cheryl Grigg


Co-opted Governors


Andy Wheeler (Deputy Headteacher)



Bob Dyson



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. 


Elaine Barnwell

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.


Hannah Gomersall


Helen Speedy

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.


Hilary Belden

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


Jackie Savage

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.


Shirley Hobson


Tony Hawksley

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.


Victoria Harrison


Local Authority Governor

Susana Knaudt - Co-Chair




Staff Governor

Oliver Thorn

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)




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