Our Governors

Introduction to our Governing Body

Governors do not manage the school day-to-day – that is the job of the Headteacher – but they provide strategic support and monitoring for the two key areas of school life, curriculum and finance. Governors in an academy school like Gretton operate in a similar way to a board of directors or trustees. Governor responsibilities can be split into three core roles:

  • To support and challenge school decisions, particularly where they impact on standards of learning.
  • To provide strategic management and to monitor progress so that the school can continue to develop and improve and can do so with sound finances.
  • To make executive decisions e.g. admissions, staffing, health & safety.


Who are our Governors?

Our Governing Body is made up of volunteers from staff, parents and the local community who freely donate their time, expertise and enthusiasm to help the school be the best it can be.  Governors have a range of different specialisms and experience. This balance of skills and interests is key to successful teamwork between governors and brings relevant knowledge to the committees. The Headteacher and a Staff Governor are always members of the Governing Body.

As we are a small school we operate as one 'Full Governing Body' committee.  Governing working parties are established to address specific issues as they arise.  There are six Full Governor meetings a year lasting about two hours each.  Meetings take place in October, December, January, March, May and July. 

Governors Resonsibilities

  • Monitor standards and other curriculum matters, including statutory requirements
  • Review school policies and performance management arrangements
  • Ensure the well-being and safeguarding of pupils and staff
  • Uphold equality policies and SEN provision
  • Oversee the setting of the school budget and monitor expenditure
  • Monitor financial procedures and reporting
  • Review school policies including pay and other statutory requirements
  • Maintain the school premises and monitors H&S compliance


All Governors are linked to two curriculum subjects where they carry out a monitoring role.

How are our Governors elected?

Co-opted Governors

Nominated and elected by the Governing Body

Parent Governors

Elected by the school parents

Staff Governor

Elected by the school staff

Local Authority Governor

Nominated by the LA and elected into office by the Governing Body


To view current Governors’ membership and attendance, please see the table below.

To contact a Governor

You can contact any Governor through the School Office or by emailing the Clerk: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Governors of Gretton School are:


Governor Type

        Start of Term

      End of Term

(Enid) Anne Hanson (Chair)

Local Authority



Rachael Clargo (Vice Chair)




Lesley Warmington




Rachael Netting




Stuart Richardson




Lisa Davis




Richard Woolston (Headteacher)

Ex Officio



Rachel Oliver (Clerk to Governors)





Members of the Academy

Mrs Helen Fisher

Mrs Dee Chadwick

Mrs Cheryl Cuthbertson


Anne Hanson

Rachael Clargo is a Parent Governor and has been a governor for three years. Both her children attend Gretton School and she is a qualified teacher working in a local primary school. Rachael attends Full Governor and Curriculum Committee meetings. She is Vice-Chair and also Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Stu Richardson is a Parent Governor and has been a governor for two years. He is father to Jemimah and Josiah, a keen cyclist and a proud Kiwi. Stu works as an IT consultant for a London based software company developing tools for managing security, risk and compliance. He attends Full Governor and Business Committee meetings and he brings his professional knowledge to further develop the school’s IT provision, especially infrastructure and resources.

Lisa Davies

Lesley Warmington is a Co-Opted Governor and has been a Governor since December 16.  She has a child in Robins and enjoys riding her horse when she has any spare time.  Lesley qualified as an ACCA accountant in 2008 and has worked as a Commercial and Finance Manager for several publically listed companies over the past 11 years.  Lesley attends Full Governor and Business Committee meetings and brings expertise in finance procedures, budget setting and monitoring and risk management to the Governing Body.


Governor Attendance Record 2017 - 2018

Full Governing Body


Meetings attended

Out of a possible


D Chadwick (Chair)



R Woolston (Head)



R Netting (Staff Governor)



S Richardson



R Clargo



A Amos



L Warmington



A Hanson




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