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our Governors

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent.

The Governing Body of Grafton Primary School consists of 11 governors.

  • Co-opted Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)
  • 1 LA Governor (nominated by the Local Authority, appointed by the Governing Body)
  • 2 Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • 1 Headteacher Governor (automatic member)
  • 1 Staff Governor (elected by staff)

We currently have 9 Governors in post as follows: 

  • Miss C Anyanwu (Chair) - Co-opted Governor
    • Link Governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Looked After Children 
    • Member of Pay Committee
    • Member of Resources Committee and Pupil & Standards Committee
    • Headteacher Performance Management Governor
    • Term of office 19-12-16 to 18-12-20
  • Miss A Carroll - Co-opted Governor
    • Member of Pupil & Standards Committee
    • Term of office 26-11-15 to 26-11-19
  • Mrs L Wilson - Co-opted Governor
    • Member of Resources Committee
    • Term of office 8-12-16 to 7-12-20
  • Mr M Nicholson - Headteacher
    • Member of Pay Committee
    • Member of Resources Committee and Pupil & Standards Committee
    • Automatic member
  • S Khanom - Parent Governor 
    • Link Governor for SEND
    • Member of Pupil & Standards Committee
    • Term of office 15-1-15 to 14-1-19
  • Cllr. Syed Ghani - Local Authority Governor
    • Link Governor for Rights Respecting Schools and Equality
    • Member of Pay Committee
    • Member of Resources Committee 
    • Headteacher Performance Management Governor
    • Term of office 1-11-15 to 31-10-19
  • Mrs B Willmore - Co-opted Governor
    • Link Governor for Standards
    • Member of Pay Committee
    • Member of Pupil & Standards Committee 
    • Term of office 21-3-18 to 20-3-22
  • Ms S Jones - Parent Governor
    • Link Governor for Attendance and Health & Safety
    • Member of Pupil & Standards Committee 
    • Term of office 1-9-17 to 31-9-21
  • Vacancies
    • 1 co-opted governor
    • 1 Staff Governor  


Annual Governance Statement of the Governing Body of Grafton Primary School

Our Mission Statement

Grafton Primary School is a Local Authority Maintained school which seeks to build a closer partnership with parents and the local community.

We work hard to provide an environment which is secure, stimulating and happy, and where everyone is appreciated and enabled to become the best they can be.

At Grafton Primary School we believe that equality should permeate all aspects of our school life.  We encourage all to have respect for each individual and to be honest and tolerant.  Everyone at our school should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth.

The Governors at Grafton Primary School recently reviewed the aims of the school and core values at their Away Day.  They also agreed their strategic aims for the school over the next few years as follows:

  • Ensure a sustainable budget for the next three years.
  • Ensure financial health and value for money.
  • Embed and develop PACE school-to school partnerships (and potentially consider becoming an academy and joining a Multi Academy Trust in the future).
  • To become a centre of excellence for academic education.
  • Further strengthen leadership and management (with a specific focus on succession planning).
  • Continue the systematic capturing of stakeholder views and incorporate views to inform school improvement planning.
  • In response to the needs of our pupils, improve/increase:
    • SMSC Education
    • PSHCE Education
    • Character education (personal development).
    • Community Cohesion
    • Extra curricula and enrichment activities
  • Achieve UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Gold Status.
  • Work further on community and parental engagement, including offering a range of courses (language, safeguarding, basic skills).

Attendance Record - this section is under review


Name of Governor

No. of meeting attended in between March  2015 – April 2016

Local Authority Governors

Cllr S Ghani

Attended  3 out of 3 meetings

Co-opted Governors

Miss C Anyanwu

Attended 8 out of 9 meetings

Mrs M Douglas

Attended 7 out of 9 meetings

Ms A Carroll

Attended 4 out of 4 meetings







Parent Governors* (elected)



Mrs S Khanom

Attended 5 out of 9 meetings

Staff Governors (elected)

Mrs L Wilson (become a co-opted governor on 8-12-16)

Attended 7 out of 9 meetings


Mr M Nicholson

Attended 9 out of 9 meetings

Governing Body Committees

For membership details, see above. 

Resources Committee

Pupils & Standards Committee

Pay Committee

Statutory Committees (e.g Pupil Disciplinary, Appeal, Staff Disciplinary, Redundancy)

All Governors (except staff) will will form a pool from which they will be selected to serve on panels according to availability and suitability. The terms of reference for each panel will be as per the relevant procedure/policy.   In some circumstances (when suitable Governors cannot be selected from the Governing Body of Grafton Primary School), the governors of the PACE schools will be approached to serve on statutory panels/committees.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

All Governors are required to sign a declaration of interest form annually. 

They are also require to disclose any pecuniary/business interests relating to specific items on the agenda at every meeting. 

At this time the declared interests are:

  • governance roles in other educational institutions - None
  • any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) - None7
  • any other interests - None.

Link Governors



Looked After Children


Training and Liaison/Link

FC - clerk 





Health and Safety




Leadership and Management