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What we do ...

The school governors are all volunteers and come from various backgrounds. Our main role is to support the Headteacher and staff to ensure that Graveley School continues to be a successful and happy school. 

The main role of the governing body is a strategic one, and its key functions are to:

Set the aims and objectives for the school

Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives 

Be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher 

Monitor the financial aspects of the school 

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Minutes of governor meetings are available at the school on request

And who we are ...

Governor Interests


For the current Register of Interests please click here

Albert SwinsonLA10-1-2023Chair , C/S , F/R and Co-ord.FGB 5/6
F/R 3/3
C/S 3/3
Nicky HandHeadteacherN/AC/S , F/R and Co-ord.FGB 6/6
F/R 3/3
C/S 3/3
Nicola TaylorParent16-9-2021 Vice Chair,F/R and Co-ord.FGB 6/6
F/R 3/3
Yes• Taylor Harding Ltd (dormant company) – Director
• Taylor HR Solutions Ltd – Director
• KROPZ PLC – Director and employee
Jane MorganStaff21-06-2023 F/RFGB 6/6
F/R  3/3
Katie AndrewsCo-opted1-9-2023C/SFGB 5/6
C/S 3/3
Dr Alison McMillan
(Recent Appt.)
Parent18-02-2024C/SFGB 2/6
C/S 0/3 
Jayne LaneCo-opted10-1-2023F/RFGB 4/6
F/R 2/3
Claudia GriffinParent30-9-2020C/SFGB 5/6
C/S 3/3
Elaine DunnicliffeFoundation15-4-2021F/R and Co-ordFGB 4/7
F/R 2/3
Rev. Dave BrownFoundation7-7-2020F/RFGB 5/6
F/R 3/3
NoneChurch of England Rector
David MarriottParent30-5-2023F/RFGB 6/6
F/R 3/3

YesDavid Marriott Ltd.- Director
F/R Finance & ResourcesC/S Curriculum & Standards
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Categories of governor at Graveley

Co-opted governors 

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 

Parent governors 

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school. It is important to remember that parent governors do not act as representatives of the views of parents but are elected for the benefit of the school as a whole.

A person is disqualified from being a parent governor if they are an elected member of the Local Authority or paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours.

Local authority governor 

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set. 

Local authorities should therefore make every effort to understand the governing body’s requirements and identify and nominate suitable candidates.

An individual eligible to be a staff governor at the school may not be appointed as a local authority governor.

Foundation governors 

Foundation governors (at voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and some foundation and foundation special schools only) are usually appointed by the school's founding body, church or other organisation named in the school's instrument of government. Some are governors as a result of being the local priest. These are ex-officio governorships which must be specified on the instrument of government. 

All foundation governors are appointed to secure compliance with the trust deed and preserve and develop the religious character of the school, if it has a religious character.


The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.

The headteacher may at any time resign as a governor, and withdraw their resignation, in both cases by notifying the clerk in writing.

Staff governor 

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors.

Staff governors are elected by the school staff. They cease to hold office when their employment at the school ends.

It is important that prospective staff governors understand the nature of the role of a governor, and specifically that their role is not to represent staff, nor to stand alongside the headteacher in being held to account by the governing body, but to operate as part of the governing body to provide strategic leadership and to hold the headteacher to account.