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"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!"


We are very fortunate to have extremely hard working governors.
As we’re a church school, the majority of our governors are called ‘foundation governors’.
We also have parent governors, a staff governor, and a Local Authority governor.

The Governing Body has the following core functions;

  • To establish and support the strategic direction of the school
  • To ensure accountability, including supporting and challenging the Headteacher and monitoring targets
  • To ensure upkeep and safety of the school site
  • To ensure good management of the school’s finances

As Grasmere is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, the Foundation Governors particularly seek that the school serves its community by providing education which is in accordance with the principles and practices of the Church of England, including the promotion of Christian values.

Following a re-structure in July 2018, the Governing Body now operates without sub-committees and meets together about nine times a year.

  • Beth Abbott – Foundation Governor / Health and Safety Governor / Premises Governor
  • Emma Thornington – Co-opted Governor / SEN Governor
  • Mary Jenner – Parent Governor / Vice Chair
  • Peter Yates – Foundation Governor / Finance Governor
  • Dominic Kelly – Parent Governor / Chair of Governors & Whistle Blowing Governor
  • Alec McCarthy – Foundation Governor / Premises Governor
  • Andrew Leech – Local Authority Governor
  • Johanna Goode – Ex Officio Governor (Headteacher)
  • Amy Steel – Staff Governor
  • Elaine Nelson – Foundation Governor / Early Years Governor
  • Deborah White – Foundation Governor / Safeguarding Governor / Curriculum Governor

If you have any queries regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk to the Governors, Liz Watson, at the school