Granard Primary School

"Growing together; Achieving together"


What is a Governor?

Governors are volunteers and can be described as ‘critical friends’ of the school.


They are involved in overseeing every aspect of school life, including the success of the school organisation, budget and staffing.


They work with the Headteacher to lead and manage the school.


The Governing Board’s responsibility is to ensure the school provides a good quality education for its pupils.


When setting the aims and policies for the school, Governors work to promote an effective teaching and learning environment.


The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running and management of the school with the staff, but is supported by the Governing Board.


There are four types of Governors:

  • Local Authority Governors – these are appointed by the Local Authority;
  • Co-opted Governors – these are Governors who are elected by other members of the Governing Board and have skills which are of particular interest;
  • Parent Governors – elected by parents of children attending Granard;
  • Staff Governors – elected by the staff and include teachers, support staff and our Headteacher.


The role of the Governing Board at Granard is to be accountable for the school’s performance to the parents and the wider community.


With the Headteacher, the Governing Board plans the school’s short and long term aims and objectives.


It makes high level decisions on the school’s budget and staffing.


It is responsible for ensuring the school sticks to the requirements of the National Curriculum and looks after pupil’s spiritual, moral and social development.


The Governors have a commitment to provide for all pupils, including those with special needs.


There are 4 committees on our Governing Board:

  • CFC – Children, Families and Community
  • C&A – Curriculum and Achievement
  • Resources – Personnel, Premises and Finance


Governors are allocated to be a member of one or two of these committees which meet each term.

In addition, the whole Governing Board meets once each term.



How to become a Parent Governor

Anyone can become a Governor.


You do not have to be an expert.


An interest in the school, enthusiasm and an active commitment to helping ensure the school be the best it can is much more important.


The most important attributes of a Governor are:

  •  To bring different experience and interest from many walks of life;
  • To be able to work closely with others in decision-making;
  • To ensure that any work involved in these decisions is followed up and completed;
  • To be able to spend time at the school and with the staff and pupils in order to understand how the school works;
  • To be a good listener – a Governor is a ‘critical friend’.  Governors are there to challenge and support the school.


Cheryl Grigg


Co-opted Governors

Andy Wheeler (Deputy Headteacher)



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 - Co-Chair


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.


Bob Dyson



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 - Parent 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.



Keith Swabey - Local Authority Governor



Mary McGovern



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.




Staff Governor


Janet Breeze