Our Governing Body

All schools in England have a governing body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, challenge, ask questions and represent the school community. Our Governing Body is made up of a range of people from a range of different backgrounds including: parents, staff members, local councillors and community representatives. The standard term of office for a governor is 4 years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected every year.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, speak to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors, Steve Barker.


As of April 2018 the Governing Body has the following members:-

Steve Barker  (Chair) - Co-opted (ends - 18/03/2022)
Kate Gittins - Co-opted Governor (ends - 28/11/2020)
Jane Green - Staff Governor (ends - 17/09/2018)
Claire Lawton - Co-opted  Governor (ends - 10/09/2021)
Sam Neil - Parent Governor (ends - 20/04/2022)
Emma Newman -  Co-opted Staff Governor ends - (31/08/2019)
Laura O'Callaghan - Parent Governor (28/10/2020)
Natalie Palmer - Co-opted Governor (ends - 27/11/2021)
Genevieve Wallace-Dean - Parent Governor (ends - 20/04/2022)
Mark Winstanley - Local Authority Governor (ends - 27/03/2021)
Corinna Tyson (Deputy Head Teacher) - Observer

All the Governors have formally declared that they have no pecuniary or relationship interests that are relevant to their position as governors of Grappenhall Heys Community Primary School. This information is collated at the start of each committee or full governing body meeting.

Standards Committee

Steve Barker
Kate Gittins (Chair)
Jane Green
Corinna Tyson
Emma Newman

Personnel Committee

Steve Barker 
Kate Gittins
Jane Green
Corinna Tyson

Finance Committee

Steve Barker (Chair)
Jane Green
Corinna Tyson
Mark Winstanley

Health, Safety & Buildings
Committee

Steve Barker 
Kate Gittins
Corinna Tyson
Glenn Lister (Observer)
Mark Winstanley (Chair)

Appraisal Committee

Steve Barker
Mark Winstanley
Kate Gittins 

Governors with Specific Responsibilities

Primary Strategy Governor (English)
Kate Gittins
Primary Strategy Governor (Maths)
To be announced
Inclusion Governor
To be announced
Training and Support Link Governor
To be announced
Child Protection Governor
Steve Barker
Gifted and Talented Governors
Jane Green, Emma Newman
Computing Governor
To be announced
Citizenship Governor
To be announced
Equality Governor
Kate Gittins
Community Links Governor
To be announced
Pupil Premium GovernorSteve Barker

Staff Disciplinary

Chair of Governors and then, if needed, 3 Governors selected in line with the process for Complaints Committee taking into account a balance regarding gender etc.

Complaints Committee

Chair of Governors and then, if needed, 3 Governors selected in line with the procedure in the Complaints Policy taking into account a balance regarding gender etc.

Staff Disciplinary Appeals

3 Governors selected in line with the process for Complaints Committee taking into account a balance regarding gender etc.

Pupil Discipline Committee

3 Governors selected in line with the process for Complaints Committee taking into account a balance regarding gender etc.

Governor attendance at Meetings

(Data period 01/08/2017 - 31/04/2018).
In addition to attending the regular meetings, governors frequently visit the school. 

GovernorFull Gov Body MeetingCommittees












Steve Barker3/39/9











Ann Dobson3/35/6











Kate Gittins3/33/6











Jane Green3/39/9











Kelly Jackson1/11/1











Claire Lawton2/32/2











Sam Neil0/00/1











Emma Newman2/34/4











Laura O'Callaghan3/39/9











Natalie Palmer0/22/3











Corinna Tyson 
2/36/8











Genevieve Wallace-Dean0/01/1











Mark Winstanley2/35/5