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The Governing Body

School Governors

 

Welcome to the school governors website page for The Grange Academy

 

The governing body team at The Grange Academy is expected to:

 

Establish the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

 

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the lead executive/headteacher
  • Monitoring progress towards targets
  • Performance managing the lead executive/headteacher
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

 

Ensuring financial probity, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

s individuals on the board we agree to the following:

Governors Code of Conduct

Role & Responsibilities 

  • We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the lead executive/headteacher.
  • We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school/group of schools. Our actions within the school and the local community will reflect this.
  • In making or responding to criticism or complaints we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.
  • We will actively support and challenge the lead executive/headteacher.

 

Commitment

  • We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor/trustee/academy committee member involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.
  • We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
  • We will get to know the school/s well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
  • We will visit the school/s, with all visits arranged in advance with the lead executive/headteacher and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board.
  • We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for induction, training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
  • We accept that in the interests of open government, our full names, date of appointment, terms of office, roles on the governing board, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
  • In the interests of transparency we accept that information relating to governors/trustees/academy committee members will be collected and logged on the DfE’s national database of governors (Edubase).

 

Relationships

  • We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors/trustees/academy committee members.
  • We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
  • We are prepared to answer queries from other board members in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
  • We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the lead executive/headteacher, staff and parents, the trust, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.

 

Confidentiality

  • We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school.
  • We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school/trust business arise outside a governing board meeting.
  • We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.

 

Conflicts of interest

  • We will record any pecuniary or other business interest (including those related to people we are connected with) that we have in connection with the governing board’s business in the Register of Business Interests, and if any such conflicted matter arises in a meeting we will offer to leave the meeting for the appropriate length of time. We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school/trust’s website.
  • We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.
  • We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.

 

  About our Governors

 

Jon Legg

Trust governor and a governor at the school for over eight years.

Co-Chair of the school improvement working group.

SEND and CLA linked governor

"I was a secondary headteacher for over fourteen years and have since worked on the national professional qualification for headteachers (NPQH) for many years. This has given me considerable experience in primary education, and I enjoy supporting the headteacher and her staff in their aim to provide the very best education for all the children in their care. As a governing body, we are a team, and I enjoy working with the other governors to fulfil our role of providing a strategic overview of and acting as a critical friend to the school. It was most rewarding for us all when the school achieved its 'good' Ofsted report in January 2022'

 

 

Jamie Sinclair

Co-Chair

I have been a co-opted governor at The Grange since 2019, more recently taking on the role of co-chair. I live relatively locally and became a governor because I wanted to do something to support my local community. The best part of my role as a governor is hearing the enthusiasm that the children have for the Grange during governor visits.  In my day job I am a management consultant working with the public sector. Previously I worked for the NHS in West Hertfordshire where I helped design services and, more recently, worked on setting up covid testing and vaccine sites during the pandemic.

 

 

Craig Maddox 

"I am the Deputy Headteacher at The Grange Academy, beginning September 2023. I have worked in education for 18 years, in middle school, primary school and now junior school settings. My roles have been varied, beginning as a teaching assistant, then a class teacher, a year group leader, subject lead, Assistant Headteacher in two schools, and now as Deputy Headteacher at The Grange. I am passionate about education and learning, with a BA Degree in Education Studies, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and currently in the middle of a National Professional Qualification for Headship. I am also passionate about music and drama, and the importance of engaging our young students in creative arts to unlock imaginations, build confidence and support with developing positive mental health." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Balaam

"I originally applied to become a parent Governor in March 2015 because I have 4 children who would all go through the school so I have a long-term interest in the success of the school, and I wanted to proactively support the leadership in the school. In March 2019 I was re-elected as a co-opted Governor. When I applied back in 2015, I had no knowledge of the education sector at all, apart from my children coming to school each day! But I am a Finance Director for an international non-profit organisation and have worked within the third sector for over 15 years, so had knowledge about the sector as a whole. Sitting on the resources working group, I can bring expertise in accounting, procurement, capital projects, budgets, staffing, data analysis and policies."

 

Sarah Lewis

 

Eleanor Vernon 

After eight years working in Derbyshire Schools and nurseries as a Teaching Assistant, I retrained as a Primary Teacher. I have been working at The Grange since July 2023 and been a Staff Governor since 2024. By joining the governing body, I will hope to bring knowledge from inside the classroom on how to support our children and ensure they enjoy being here as well as thrive. A passion of mine is supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and also those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I am fully trained in MAKATON (children’s sign language), Attention Autism trained and also a Forest School Leader all of which are effective tools to use with children, especially those with SEND.

 

Nicky Murphy

"After ten years as a member of staff at The Grange Academy, I chose to stay on as a Trust Governor in order to continue to support and work with the school. I started on the Academy Governing Body in September 2019 in the capacity of Staff Governor through my role as the school's Deputy Headteacher, year 6 teacher, assessment and English lead. I now work for HfL Education as a Primary English Teaching and Learning Adviser and hope to be able to offer an insight into curriculum and quality of education,  as well as observations about the journey the school has been on during my time as part of the school."

 

 

Kayleigh Abery

I have been a parent governor since the autumn term 2021.  I have children at the school and this drew me to consider being a governor. I have worked in local government for 18 years in an administrative role that has over the years provided support to engineering, planning and transport services. I have a fair amount of interaction with customers and my role requires investigating facts and problem solving alongside some reporting. I have a good mindset for policies and procedures and safeguarding and I feel these skills can support being a governor. I hope to bring an honest, nuanced opinion and the viewpoint of being a parent at the school. I feel comfortable contributing and working as a team for the future of the children at the school. 

 

 

Sandeep Sandhu 

I have been a co-opted governor at The Grange since 2023. I became a governor to support my local community and encourage children to reach their full potential. I work in research and innovation within the public sector, supporting academia and industry to address the global challenges we face today and in the future.  Prior to this I was a researcher and have a background in STEM. I’m very passionate about engaging children in STEM, particularly those from under-represented communities, and volunteer as a STEM Ambassador.  

 

Liz King 

Clark to the Governors

 

OUR CURRENT BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Name

Post

Start date

Term end date

 Board meetings attended

Jonathan Legg

Co-Chair of Governors

Trust Governor

Chair of School Improvement Committee

*Special educational needs and children looked after

02/04/2022

 

01/09/2017

 

Further term accepted 01/09/2021

04/10/2022

 

31/08/2021

 

31/08/2025

 

25.01.22

15.03.22

07.06.22

12.07.22

04.10.22 apologies

29.11.22

24.01.23

14.03.23

06.06.23

11.07.23

 

Jamie Sinclair

 

Co-Chair of Governors

 

Co-Opted Governor

 

02/04/2022

 

05/02/2019

Further term accepted 05/02/2024

04/10/2022

 

04/02/2023

 

04/02/2027

25.01.22

15.03.22

07.06.22

12.07.22

04.10.22

29.11.22

24.01.23

14.03.23

06.06.23

11.07.23

Craig MaddoxInterim Headteacher  01/09/202331/08/2027 

Joanne Balaam

Co-Opted Governor

*Governor Training

29/04/2019

Further term accepted

16/03/2023

28/04/2023

 

15/03/2027

25.01.22

15.03.22

07.06.22

12.07.22 apologies

04.10.22 apologies

29.11.22

24.01.23 apologies

14.03.23 apologies

06.06.23

11.07.23

Nicola Murphy

 

Staff Governor 

 

Trust Governor

 

01/09/2017

 

01/09/2023

31/08/2022

 

31/08/2027

25.01.22

15.03.22

07.06.22

12.07.22

04.10.22

29.11.22

24.01.23

14.03.23

06.06.23

11.07.23

Kayleigh Abery

Parent Governor

Safeguarding Governor

10/11/202109/11/2025

25.01.22

15.03.22

07.06.22

12.07.22

04.10.22

29.11.22

24.01.23

14.03.23

06.06.23

11.07.23

Marc Roberts

 

Parent Governor

 

11/01/202331/12/202611.06.23
Sarah LewisStaff Governor 01/09/202331/08/2027 
Sandeep SandhuCo-opted Governor 01/01/202431/12/2027 
Eleanor Vernon Staff Governor 06/02/202405/02/2028 

 

Liz King - Clark to the Governors

 

The chair of governors can be contacted via the school office.

 

Governor link area 
Discipline/Complaints Panel Jon Legg / Joanne Balaam
Headteacher’s Performance Management Review PanelJoanne Balaam
Safer Recruitment Trained GovernorsJon Legg
SEND / Pupil Premium Jon Legg
GDPRJoanne Balaam
Health & Safety Jamie Sinclair
Governor Development CoordinatorJoanne Balaam
Safeguarding / PREVENT / Children Looked After Kayleigh Abery

 

Previous Governors (past 24 months)

 

Name

Date stepped Down

Pecuniary Interest form on file

Michael Emmins01/03/2022 
Laura Benn23/04/202109/09/2020
Tamsin Thomas 30/10/2023 
Amanda Hopwood 31/12/2023 

 

 

Full Governing Body Minutes Academic Year 23/24

Governor Pecuniary Interests

 

Name

Role

Date appointed

Term of office end date

Nature of interest

Organisation/business in which interest held

Date information supplied

Jonathan Legg

Trust Governor

01/09/2017

31/08/2025

None

None 

29/11/2022

  Jamie

  Sinclair

Co-opted Governor05/02/201904/02/2023Father Samaritans  03/10/2023

Craig Maddox 

Headteacher

01/10/2023

01/10/2027None None 03/10/2023

Joanne Balaam

Co-opted Governor

29/04/2019

 

28/04/2023

Son 

Sports Apprentice with the school 

03/10/2023

  Nicola         Murphy Governor01/09/201731/08/2022NoneNone 03/10/2023

Kayleigh

Abery

Parent Governor10/11/202109/11/2025NoneNone 03/10/2023
Sarah LewisStaff Governor 01/10/202301/10/2027None None 03/10/2023

Register of Interests

Trust Governors

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