Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

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Grange Valley Primary & Nursery School

Inspire to Guide, Challenge and Achieve.

Our School Governors

What do our Governors do?

The governing body's main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education. The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and staff. Rather than manage. Governors are there to help shape the school's future direction and focus.

We have six working committees (below) and our governors from both schools are members of and attend all.  Governors also attend a full governing body meeting, which take place termly. Currently we are holding meetings during the school day so that our governors are submerged into the life of the school and have a better understanding of the way we work. A typical 'Governor Day'  may consist of: 

  • A learning walk around school
  • Formal and informal meetings with staff
  • Talking to children
  • Committee meetings 
  • A full governing body meeting

The three main responsibilities of every governing board are:

  1. Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Title  First Name Surname Type of Governor Appointed By Term of Office Attendance
Start Date End Date Autumn 21 Summer 21 Spring  21 Autumn 20
Mrs Dianne Holcroft Headteacher Gov/LA Ex Officio Ex Officio 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mr Ste Sharples Parent (Chair) Parents 06/07/2016 05/07/2022 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mrs  Catherine Mavers Staff Staff 07/12/2019 06/12/2022 1/1 1/1 1/1
Cllr Martin Bond LA LA 21/11/2018 21/11/2021 0/1 1/1 1/1
Mr Nigel Rouch Co-opt Gov 14/01/2020 13/11/2024 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mrs Helen Steele Co-opt Gov 27/03/2019 27/03/2022 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mrs Diane Gribben Co-opt Gov 20/11/2019 20/11/2022 1/1 1/1 1/1
Mrs  Nichola Tomkow Co-opt Gov 01/07/2020 01/07/2023 1/1 1/1 1/1
Vacant Parent
Mrs  Sheena Bailey Clerk  N/A N/A N/A


Parent Governors

Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to be elected as governors at the school. Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school by a process of nominations and a ballot if necessary.

Local Authority Governors

The Local Authority appoints LA Governors and any eligible person can be appointed to this role.

Staff Governors

Both teaching and support staff, who are employees at the school, are eligible to become Staff Governors. They are elected by the school staff.


The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of his/her office.

Co-opted Governors

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body on the basis that they have the necessary skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. All categories of governor are elected or appointed to serve a four-year term of office: governors may serve more than one term of office.

Associate Governors

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.

Partnership Governors

Partnership governors are appointed by the governing body. Individuals are only eligible to be nominated as a partnership governor if the person nominating them believes that they have the skills needed to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Instrument of Government

Declaration of Interests

Terms of Reference

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The governing board plans the strategic direction of a school, makes sure public money is well spent, and holds school leadership to account.

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