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Welcome to the Governors section of the school website.

Every school has a governing board which represents the interests of the children, local community and wider public in the running of the school. School governors work with the staff and the Local Education Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. 

The Grangehurst's governing board consists of 14 members and is made up of Parent Governors, Local Authority Governors, Staff Governors and Co-opted Governors. This ensures that the governing board has sufficient diversity of views and experience to be both a supportive and questioning friend.

Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Ruth Williamson; if you wish to contact her please speak with the school office who can pass on the relevant information.  Alternatively please write to:

Mrs Ruth Williamson
Chair of Governors
c/o Grangehurst Primary School
Anderton Road
West Midlands

All members of the current governing body can be seen below.

There are two subcommittees: Curriculum and Standards and Resource Management. Each sub committee meets once per half term and feeds information into the Full Governing Body that meets once a term.

All governors are welcome and encouraged to participate in all or some of the committees. 

The committees discuss and question areas of the school management such as staffing, finance, curriculum and premises. 

There are three core functions of a governing body as reflected in OFSTED's inspection handbook:

  • Setting vision, ethos and strategic direction, engaging stakeholders, and ensuring statutory duties are met.
  • Holding heads to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening leadership; contributing to school evaluation.
  • Ensuring financial solvency and probity with effective management of financial resources, including the Pupil Premium, to raise standards.

More about our Governors

Ruth Williamson 

I have been a governor at Grangehurst School since autumn 2004. Over that time I have been involved in many activities with the school including attending events, assemblies, special days to celebrate national events as well as visiting classrooms and meeting with pupils, staff and parents. Over the past 17 years I have been delighted with the progress the school has made and the happy supportive atmosphere which pervades the school.

From 2004 until the end of 2019 I was Headteacher at Foxford Community School and ensured during that time we maintained strong links with Grangehurst. I am now retired but continue to live in Coventry and play an active role in the City.

James Okore Ombudo

I am honoured to be able to serve Grangehurst Primary School as a Governor and am passionate about making a positive difference to children’s education. The good, well-rounded education I received when I was in school has had a significant positive impact on my life – that is why I chose to be a Governor; so that I can help other children in a similar way.

I am blessed with two children, a daughter who finished Year 6 at Grangehurst in 2020 and a son who is still at Grangehurst. I am an Engineer by qualification and profession and work for National Grid managing teams of highly skilled engineers who look after Britain’s electricity transmission system.

My hobbies are swimming, exercising, travelling and baking, the latter with mixed success!

As a young boy, I enjoyed reading Hardy Boys Mysteries and books by Robert Louis Stevenson such as Kidnapped and Treasure Island.

Whilst in primary school, I represented my school in a national televised children’s quiz show. Our school lost in the final, however all my friends and neighbours saw me on TV over several weeks which made me very famous!

Chris Connoll

My name is Chris Connoll and I am one of the Vice-Chairs of Governors at Grangehurst where I have been a governor since 2015.  In my younger years I attended Grangehurst as a pupil which I why I have returned as a Governor as I am passionate about ensuring our young people achieve their maximum potential.

I work for the Holy Cross Catholic MAC in two roles overseeing ICT strategy at trust level but also working at Cardinal Newman School providing IT Management. My main role is ensuring that pupils can achieve their very best using the technology we have. These roles give me an immense amount of experience in the behind the scenes of a working school.

I am currently reading ‘Once upon a Tyne’ by Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly.

Darren Clews

I think you all know me but may not realise that as well as being the headteacher of Grangehurst I’m also one of the governors. All headteachers can be a governor of their own school if they want. I’ve been a governor of Grangehurst since September 2012 when I started at the school. I very much enjoy the role and working with the other members of the governing body. As well as being a governor for Grangehurst I’m also a governor for Foxford School and Coventry Hospital Education Service.

At Grangehurst the governors meet regularly to talk about what is taking place at the school and make plans for the future. It’s an important role that lots of people don’t realise exists.

My job as both headteacher and governor means I have to do a lot of reading which means I don’t get much chance to read for pleasure at home when out of school. As a child I loved all of Roald Dahl’s books I think my favourites have to be ‘Danny Champion of the World’ and ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’. I also loved and still love reading children’s poetry. The Headteacher of the Junior School I attended as a child was a published poet and we had lots of his poems and those from other famous poets read to us during assemblies and from that point my love of children’s poetry started.

Cat Grantham

I have been a co-opted Governor at Grangehurst Primary School since 2014. I was delighted to be elected as a Governor at Grangehurst as I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. 

My day job is a School Business Manager at Aldermoor Farm Primary School and I enjoy the experience that both roles give me to enable me to contribute toward the school community.   

I have two children that attend Grangehurst in Year 4 and Year 6. 

In my spare time I volunteer as a chaperone for a local dance school and as a welfare officer for a grassroots football. 

Richard Bohdanowitsch

I am now in my fifth year as a Governor at Grangehurst. The reason I joined the governing board, was because I wanted to contribute to my local community.

I have two children; Grace is now in Year 8, having previously attended Grangehurst, and Oliver is currently in Year 5. Seeing my own children grow through the school has shown me the many wonderful opportunities available at Grangehurst, both in and out of the classroom.

A governing body is important as different people, from different backgrounds bring new ideas and perspectives in supporting the school’s leadership. This in turn ensures that all children are given every opportunity to thrive, have a good quality of education and that they are given as many memorable experiences as possible whilst attending Grangehurst.

My background is that I work in Education, which I have been in for twenty years now, and my current role is as Vice Principal at a secondary school in Solihull. Throughout my career, I have had had many different experiences of working and interacting with children and I feel that this experience helps support and challenge the school leadership at all levels.

Growing up my favourite children’s author was C.S Lewis and The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe was my favourite book.

Lisa Shelton

Lisa is an experienced retail buying manager and has worked in the industry managing budgets of £250m+ for 10 years. She delivered multi million pound negotiations across 4 continents in her career and has spent much of her time in Hong Kong. (Where Mario is from - so her son Sebby tells her!)

She holds a BA and MA in history and politics and has and has a keen interest in local politics. She has particular expertise in leadership and management and hopes to bring this skillset to the governing body.

Jonathan Poole

Hello, my name is Jonathan Poole and I have been a parent governor at school since January 2020 a few months after my son started school. I became a governor because young children should get a varied education that means they are ready for Secondary School and their wider life outside school. Hopefully, I can help the school do this along with the other governors. 

I am an IT Manager for a special needs trust and work with computers and technology, but I am also interested in the outdoors and what Forest School and outdoor learning can do to help you all learn from reading to maths and other skills like problem solving, confidence and understanding the wider world in a fun way.  

When I was growing up, I found reading a real challenge but enjoyed the ‘Biff, Chip and Kipper’ books by Roderick Hunt while I was at primary school. When I got a little older, I was really interested in magic and the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling grabbed my attention and the magical world they lived in. 

Virgina Gill

I’m Virginia Gill, a Co-opted Governor at Grangehurst Primary School. I am a Mummy to two boys who both go to Grangehurst Primary School, they are in Reception and Year 2. I am a Governor at the School, as I aim to work with the Head Teacher, senior leadership team and other governors at the School, to improve the outcomes for all children.

My interests and hobbies include spending time with my family and friends. My background is Human Resource Management within Schools, Local Authority and management of two Childrens Centres, which I hope to use to help the school anyway I can.

My favourite book as a child was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, as I was fascinated by the caterpillar who ate their way through lots of food from Monday to Sunday, until they couldn’t eat anymore and then built themselves a cocoon to live in until they changed into a beautiful and colourful butterfly. I now read this book my two children.

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