The governing body at Grangefield School focuses its time and energy on the challenges and opportunities for school improvement. The board of governors operate at a strategic level to govern the school; leaving the Headteacher and senior school leaders responsible and accountable to the governing body for the operational day to day running of the school.
The board of governors will focus on 3 core functions:
At Grangefield School the governing body board formally reconstituted in 2015. The board of governors now comprises:
Governors are volunteers, who serve a term of office of 4 years, and should have the skills knowledge and experience the governing body needs to be effective and contribute to the success of the school.
Governors are supported by Mrs O’Connor, the clerk to the governing body.
They meet as a full governing body at least once a term, i.e. 6 times per year. At the first meeting in each academic year the Chair and Vice Chair are elected. The structure and membership of the committees is also considered and reviewed.
In addition to the full board of governors, to aid effective governance, 3 committees have been established on which various governors with specific skills sit. The full governing body delegate particular roles and responsibilities to these committees:
Its remit includes the good use of money allocated to the school budget, monitoring actual spend and the impact this is having. It oversees staffing, including the recruitment, performance management of the Headteacher and staff training and development. It also deals with the school premises, including site development and grounds matters.
Its remit includes the monitoring of the national curriculum and raising the standards achieved by the school pupils. It closely monitors groups within the school community, looking at progress being achieved and the progress towards the targets set within the school development plan.
Its remit includes developing the ethos and values of the school, behaviour policies and the school in the wider world. It also seeks to ensure the views of pupils, parents, staff and the wider community is heard.
The governors work closely with the Headteacher, senior school leaders and all other members of staff. The governors regularly attend school assemblies and events and parent governors can often be found at the start or end of the school day.
Please get to know the governors and feel free to approach them (look for the green lanyards).
The chair of governors can always be directly contacted via email or alternatively please leave a message with the school office. We welcome all views and comments about the school.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please do not hesitate to let the school know. We will be happy to give you more information to help you clearly understand the role of a governor at Grangefield School.
Colin was appointed a parent governor when the school opened in Sept 2000 and became a Local Authority governor in Sept 2012. In Sept 2015 Colin became a co-opted Governor. Colin’s family have always lived in Bishops Cleeve. His wife, Alison, is a primary school Head Teacher. His two children, both attended Grangefield School and have now moved onto Cleeve School and University. Colin graduated from Plymouth with a degree in Environmental Science, trained with Hazelwoods and is the financial controller for Cotswold Collections Ltd, a Cheltenham based mail order company.
Committees: Resources, Curriculum & Standards and Community.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 100%, Community 50%, Curriculum & Standards 83% and Resources 100%.
Simon has been Vice Chair for three years. Simon joined as a Parent Governor and since April 2016 has been a Local Authority Governor. As well as taking an active part in school events away from school, he is a lighting cameraman and director of photography and has over the years worked on many projects from feature films and commercials to children’s TV. He is an elected member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians and Vice Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen and through those organisations is involved in planning training provision for the TV and film industry in the UK. He is also a qualified lecturer teaching at Stratford Upon Avon College at FE and HE level as well as a visiting lecturer at other universities.
Committees: Curriculum and Standards and Community.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 83%, Community 50% and Curriculum & Standards 67%.
Alan has lived locally in Woodmancote since moving from Newport (South Wales) in 1999. Alan and his wife have two adult children and three grandchildren aged 13, 9 and 5. A Banker by profession, Alan’s career took him from his native Devon to Somerset then to Cardiff and Newport where he retired as Human Resources Director for Wales for his Bank. Following retirement Alan worked at a Doctors Practice in Cardiff, managing a fund holding budget of some £2m as well as assisting a firm of Estate Agents on the financial side. After moving to Woodmancote Alan took on the position of Clerk to the Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council and continued in this role for five years. Alan is also involved with a local Rotary Club raising money for local and international charities and he and his wife enjoy walking and going on holiday.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 83% and Resources 100%.
Phil is a resident of Prestbury, married, with three sons and three grandsons. Professionally he is a Chartered Town Planner who has worked for a number of authorities throughout the country, ending as Director of Planning for Northumberland. On moving to Cheltenham in 1994 Phil became a lecturer in the Environment Department at the University of Gloucestershire. Phil is now retired enjoying walking, theatre, travel and family.
Committees: Curriculum and Standards, Resources.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 67%, Curriculum & Standards 100% and Resources 67%.
John was born in the City of Gloucester and is a Freeman of the City. Educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, he left to join the Gloucestershire Constabulary as a Cadet. John served in the RAF during his National Service and on being de-mobilised returned to the Gloucestershire Constabulary as a Constable. John served the force for 33years rising to the rank of Superintendent and retired in 1987.
John then entered the Coroner’s service as a Coroner’s Officer. Whilst there he set up the Coroner’s Officers Association for England and Wales to standardise the training of Officers and provide a progressive Training programme. This has resulted in there now being a University Course in Coronial Investigations at Teesside University and has also resulted in John receiving the MBE. John retired in 1999 but is still involved with the Association, being its national President. John is married and has three daughters with seven grandchildren. He regularly assists with driving the disabled and special needs children in the Cheltenham Area and is a member of the Rotary Club, having been in the organisation for some 30years.
Committees: Resources and Community.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 50%, Community 100% and Resources 67%.
Karen has been Head Teacher at Grangefield since September 2010. Karen was previously Head at Swell and Longborough Primary Schools. Karen entered teaching in 1986 and has taught across all key stages and abroad. Karen is married with two sons now at sixth form and university.
Committees: Resources, Curriculum & Standards and Community.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 100%, Community 100%, Curriculum & Standards 100% and Resources 100%.
Hannah has been a teacher at Grangefield since 2004 and Deputy Head since 2011. Hannah is currently teaching in KS1 and has taught in most Key Stage 2 classes. Hannah has taught in two other schools, one in Gloucestershire and one in Devon. Hannah is a keen sportswomen who runs regularly; a highlight being taking part in the London Marathon 2012. Hannah has two young daughters.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 67% and Resources 83%.
Abi lives in Gloucester and has been a teacher at Grangefield since 2001. Abi has mainly taught in KS1 but has also worked as a PPA teacher throughout the school. Abi is currently working part-time as a Y1 job-share.
Abi is coordinator for Computing and Eco-Schools and is passionate about both these areas of the curriculum. Prior to Grangefield, Abi worked for five years in a village Primary School teaching a mixed age KS1 class. Abi enjoys a range of creative hobbies including baking and modern calligraphy. Abi has 3 children. Her two eldest boys now attend Secondary school in Gloucester and her daughter is currently a pupil at Grangefield.
Committees: Curriculum and Standards.
Jo lives in Bishops Cleeve and has one son who currently attends Grangefield. Jo grew up in Cheltenham and attended the University of Gloucestershire where she earned a degree in Primary Education. She currently works in Financial Services for a local company but also has experience in both Arts and Education settings. Jo is passionate about schools educating the whole child and believes that a rich variety of experiences and opportunities can help to develop the personal skills each child needs to become successful.
Committee: Curriculum and Standards.
Davina has lived locally in Bishops Cleeve for 10 years and has a daughter at Grangefield whilst her son attends Little Hoots. Educated at Pate’s Grammar School, Davina has a background in Marketing and studied at The University of Gloucestershire. She now works locally in Financial Services as an Operations Consultant and Project Manager. In her spare time, Davina is studying for a degree in Psychology and Counselling with the Open University. Davina is particularly interested in studying behaviour and is keen to ensure that parents and children forge good relationships with the school from their very first contact and that these relationships are maintained throughout their time at Grangefield and beyond.
Aimee grew up in Cornwall where she gained her International Diploma in Beauty Therapy that allowed her to travel and work abroad. After spending time living and working in Australia, Aimee relocated to Cheltenham in 2007 and settled in Bishops Cleeve with her husband and two daughters. Aimee has one child at Grangefield School.
Mr Andrew Moss (Associate Member)
Term: 1.10.2016-30.9.2020 Appointed: 2012
Andrew lives in Bishops Cleeve and has two children. Andrew grew up in Lancashire; attending University in Hull, before moving to Cheltenham in 1994, and then qualifying as an accountant. Andrew spent 20 years working in the finance profession. Since 2010 he has run his own accountancy business. Andrew has been involved with the school for a number of years, helping out when he can, particularly with the school football team. He also runs a local children’s football team at Cleeve Colts. Andrew believes that sport at school, no matter what the sport or what level it is played, should play a big part in a child’s development. Andrew was a former Governor at Grangefield.
Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 100% and Resources 100%.
Mr Andrew Moss (Parent Governor), Term: 2012-2016 – Appointed: 2012, Committees: Resources 100% and Full Governing Body 100%.
Mr Ian Fletcher (Parent Governor), Term: 2012-2016 – Appointed: 2012, Committees: Curriculum and Standards, Attendance 1.10.2015-30.09.2016: Full Governing Body 33% and Curriculum & Standards 33%.
Mrs Lorraine Cooper (Parent Governor), Term: 19.11.2012-18.11.2016 – Appointed 2012. Committees: Curriculum and standards. Attendance: Full Governing Body 100% andCurriculum & Standards 50%.
Mrs Allison Lack (Staff Governor) , Term: 16.3.2013-2017 – Appointed: 2013 – Resigned: 2016, Committee: Community and Curriculum & Standards, Attendance 2015-2016: Full Governing Body 83%, Community 100% and Curriculum & Standards 67%.
Business and Pecuniary Interests
Mrs Gilroy has recorded a business interest, in the register of interests, as the spouse of the company that proves design and marketing services to the school.
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