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.

The current committee structure:

Full Governing Body - termly

Standards and Curriculum Committee - termly

Resources Committee- termly

Pen portrait of each Governing Body member 20/21

Tony Szczepanek: I joined the Governing body in May 2019.  I have held senior technology, operational and strategic change positions across several industries including financial services and hope to bring some of this business experience to help the school meet its challenges and deliver the best possible outcomes for children, parents and staff. Having originally studied physics at university I have an interest in the sciences.


Claire Lawton: I joined the Governing Body in November 2017 as a Co-opted Governor. I strive to use my knowledge and experience in Primary Education to inform and enhance Governor discussions and decisions. I am currently Deputy Headteacher at Barrow Hall Primary School in Great Sankey Warrington.


Natalie Palmer: I joined the Governing Body in autumn 2017 as Finance Governor. I will act as a critical friend in order that the finance performance of the school continues to support the growth and continuous academic achievements seen to date. I am currently Director of Compliance and Technical Services for a national social housing provider.


Emma Newman: I have been a Governor since joining the school in 2002. I have taught across all three Key Stages and led the respective department. I am currently Head of Key Stage 2. During my time at Grappenhall Heys, I have coordinated various subjects and held roles of responsibility imperative to the school improvement plan. I continue to use my knowledge and extensive experience in education to support and guide governor discussion.


Gen Wallace-Dean: I am fairly new to the role as a parent Governor, having joined the Governing Body in April 2018. I am hoping to bring some of my business knowledge and experience to support the school in delivering on its targets and continually striving to be the best that it can be for children, their families and staff. I am currently Head of Digital Automation at United Utilities and in my spare time, coach at Appleton AFC.


Laura O’Callaghan: I joined the Governing Body in October 2017. I strive to validate the school’s incredible achievements and bring together the school community to drive forward innovative practices. I am currently a Lecturer/Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University.


Jane Green: I have been a member of the Governing Body for many years as a staff Governor. I have worked in school since it opened and have had the pleasure to watch, all the children blossom over the years at our school. I always try to help make decisions that benefit both the children and the staff.

James Horman: I have joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in November 2020. I look forward to bringing my experience in Education to further enhance the provision at GHCPS.I currently work as an Assistant Headteacher in a Secondary school, focussing on the behaviour, welfare and safety of students.


Mike Lawton: Before retirement I taught in secondary schools for 40 years and was a staff governor for 10 of those years. I was previously a governor at GHCPS for 8 years and, after a break of 4 years, was co-opted in October 2020 for a second spell and hope that my experience and support can be useful to the school community as we move forward.

Financial information

For information on our school's finances, please visit our School Financial Performance page.

Click here for finance newsletter July 2019


Previous bulletins

Click here for the letter to parents from our Chair of Governors December 2021

Click here to read our latest bulletin February 2020

Click here for Governor newsletter September 2018

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please speak to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors, Laura O'Callaghan via the school email address on GrappenhallHeys_Primary@warrington.gov.uk.

Governors attendance at meetings in the 2020/21 academic year