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Meet the Governors
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO?

The governors of Grey Court School are dedicated to the achievement of excellence by students through innovative and inclusive teaching.

The governors are ambitious for the school and proud of what has been achieved in recent years. We are delighted that with strong leadership and high-quality staff, Grey Court is now an over-subscribed school where increasing numbers of young people are performing at a high level at KS4 and KS5, with the focus on progress for all students. The Governing Body acts under delegated powers from the Board of the Every Child Every Day Academy Trust. Its role is to provide scrutiny of academic performance, acting as a critical friend to the headteacher and senior leadership team, providing support and challenge as appropriate. The Governing Body can include representatives from the community, those with business or professional expertise, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff. There are currently two elected parent governors.

Governors welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. There are six full governing body meetings per year (please contact the school if you would like to observe). Address any letters to The Chair of Governors using the school address or office@greycourt.org.uk

Governing Body Members
Chair of Governors
Julian Knott
Julian Knott

I have two daughters and a son – all of whom have – or are – being educated at Grey Court. My wife Jane is a School Business Manager at a nearby secondary school. I am MD and founder of AQADA Ltd - a performance improvement and change management company. I am also a director of Callisto (CGTA), a training organisation, and Hubbster UK, a branding organisation.

In addition to being a Grey Court governor, I serve on a variety of charitable, non executive and governor boards, including Inspire Hounslow a young people focused charity. I am chair of Teddington mini rugby and a coach at Kingston Little League Football. Previously I sat on boards of Shared Horizons; Womenaid; Blue Sky; and was Chair of Fern Hill school. Recently I have advised charities such as Victim Support, Help the Hospices, VSO and Marie Curie, on modernisation strategies to meet the demands of the competitive commissioning environment, while maintaining organisational values and vision. My background encompasses the travel and tourism industry, environmental / home services and civil engineering services as well as charities and public sector. I have travelled widely on leisure and business and have extensive knowledge of cross cultural, global markets including: Middle East, China, India, Far East and Australasia, US and Europe.

I have served on Boards and held director level responsibility in operational, sales & marketing and CRM roles for major global corporations. I was also Commercial Director with CIP – a charity / social enterprise – providing Local Government community services.

Co-opted Governors
Marijke Sketchley
Marijke Sketchley

I am an educational psychologist. I have a private practice at my home in Petersham. I assess children and young adults with a broad range of specific learning difficulties (e.g Dyslexia; Dyspraxia; attention issues and social communications) and linked emotional well-being, from within the independent and state sector. I have also worked as a study support teacher for several years in independent secondary education. Aside from professionally having an interest in education, I live round the corner and very much have enjoyed getting more involved in a local secondary school and give something back to my local community. Also I am very excited about the positive changes and progress at Grey Court. My vision for Grey Court is to provide excellent teaching in a stimulating and safe academic environment that can inspire children and families both in the local community, and nationally, to want to learn, to experience success and aspire to great things.

Board-Appointed Governors
Miguel Castro

My oldest daughter attends Grey Court and my youngest is at Latchmere. I believe that a solid education is the foundation for resilient, creative and empathetic children that can live healthy, productive lives.

After a career in journalism, political communications and campaigning, I have worked at global philanthropic organizations managing large grant and social investment portfolios in areas of media, communications, entertainment and social change.  In 2011, I joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where I oversee investments in dozens of countries trying to address some of the most pressing social issues that our generations are facing, extreme poverty, equality and disease eradication.   I am very hopeful that my professional expertise, global footprint, commitment to education, and my understanding of the value of good governance while pursuing an aspirational vision will make me a valuable member of the Governors of Grey Court School.

Caron Heyes

Caron Heyes is a healthcare solicitor specialising in bringing claims for children and adults who have been left catastrophically injured as a result of medical negligence. She also advises on inquests and provides representation at the hearings. Alongside her legal case work she provides internal and external training, and works with a range of charities helping with fundraising, developing training and providing pro bono legal advice.

She has a daughter at Grey Court, and sought a governorship role at Grey Court School after first becoming involved with the PA. Her admiration of the work ongoing by teaching and support staff, combined with concerns about the huge pressure current governmental cuts are placing on the school, underpinned her decision to support the school through becoming a parent governor.

Elizabeth Rowley
Elizabeth Rowley

Parent Governor from 1993 and now Community Governor. I have also been a governor at Richmond upon Thames College. I work as a qualified Careers/Connexions Adviser in Hounslow. I am also a trustee with Richmond Music Trust and I am a member of Richmond SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education).I had four children go through Grey Court, who went on to Richmond College and then to university. I want to see Grey Court move into the next phase of being an Academy and providing brilliant educational opportunities from year 7 through to the Sixth form, in a way that allows children to feel challenged and rewarded during their time at school.

Diana Muallem
Diana Muallem

I have been a governor since 2004. I am a community governor. I have been a self-employed education consultant since 2004. Prior to that I was a senior manager in a major awarding body and before that a languages teacher in two inner London comprehensive schools. I live in the borough and have also taught at Richmond upon Thames college. I was a Russian teacher at Grey Court early in my career. It is a time of rapid change both nationally and locally with greater independence for schools and the introduction of sixth forms across the borough. Grey Court has been well placed to manage these changes and further develop high quality provision for young people in the area while at the same time consolidating its reputation as a hub for the local community.

Helen Beedham
Helen Beedham

I recently retired from a career in education. For 20 years I taught at the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton where I was both Head of Science and Assistant Director of Studies. I have many years’ experience of teaching A level and helping students with their UCAS applications. I have lived in Petersham for over 35 years and know many families whose children have attended Grey Court. This is an exciting time for Grey Court with both the opening of the Sixth Form in 2014 and the impending move of Strathmore on to the Grey Court site. My vision for Grey Court is to see the school build on its already Outstanding status and ensure that all students not only achieve their potential academically but also contribute fully to their local community.

Keith Williams

Having graduated with a land economics degree and qualified as a general practice chartered surveyor, for the past 40 years I have been working primarily in London in a joint and advisory capacity involving all aspects of institutional commercial infrastructure property development projects and its subsequent investment management.

This has culminated in the last 15 years when I have worked with a major Kuwaiti based property group handling all their private investment into the UK markets.

My work has involved close liaison with accountants, architects, engineers and lawyers. I feel that my experience and skill set may help in the advisory capacity required as a governor, my aim being to assist where I am able. I have a daughter in the school.

Community Governors
Jean Loveland
Jean Loveland

Community governor from 2011. Involved with the Grey Court Community Allotment since it started in 2009. Ward councillor from 2014. I run a gardening project for a local charity. The project tends gardens for disabled and older people and is delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers. I also work with a group of young adults from the Transition sector giving them gardening skills. Previously I worked in the City of London running a high profile Business Travel account. I live in Ham Close and wanted to get involved to help mentor young students. The school and students are part of the community and I believe they should be viewed for what they contribute to the community. As a Community governor I view my role as a link between the two. Importantly, by involving the students in community projects that will be so powerful visually and prove to be a lasting legacy for us all.

Parent Governors
Carolyn Dodds
Carolyn Dodds

I have a son at Grey Court and a daughter at Meadlands Primary School where I am also a governor. As a governor I have experience with Pupil Premium funding – helping to ensure that the funding is effective in closing the gap between disadvantaged students and other students.

I have a professional background in Information Architecture (organising information on websites) and I am currently a freelance proofreader and copy editor.

As an outstanding school, Grey Court needs to ensure its performance can be maintained in challenging financial times and that it can also continue to innovate. I will work towards these goals as a Grey Court governor as I am passionate about education being the best tool to prepare young people for the future.

Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood

Parent Governor since 2011.

I am Founder/Director of School Food Matters, a local charity campaigning for fresh sustainable food in schools and promoting food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. My daughter started at Grey Court in 2010 with her brother joining her in 2014. My vision for Grey Court is for it to be known as a school with great ambitions for its students and teachers. It will continue to offer outstanding provision and have bold ideas to ensure that every child that passes through its gates reaches their full potential. It will be a school at the heart of its community with the truly unique addition of a working farm with the school grounds.

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