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Our Governors

Cathy Barron -  Chair of Governors

Background:

Cathy comes from a financial services background having been a manager with HSBC Plc for fourteen years.  Various management roles have enabled her to gain experience in financial management, strategic planning, human resource and performance management as well as change management and training.  She has taken a career break to support her husband and children and has undertaken a variety of voluntary work.  She became a co-opted Governor in 2015.

Cathy Barron -
Chair of Governors

Personal Comments:

My daughter joined Temple Grafton School in 2011 and since that time I have been actively involved with the school as a parent reader, PTA member and then Governor.  I have always been impressed by the positive, caring and confident attitude of the children who are supported by a dedicated team of teachers, support staff and governors who encourage and enable them to achieve their very best.  TG is not just a school, it is a community and it is great to be part of that. 

Davina De-Bear - Clerk to the Governors

Background:

Coming soon

Personal Comments:

I can honestly say the TG Governors are a great bunch of people to work with. The chair is excellent which makes my job so much easier. You can rest assured that this school is very well governed!

 

Helen Wood -  Co-Opted Governor & Safeguarding Governor

Background:

Helen has been a Parent Governor since November 2010 and a Co-Opted Governor since 2014. Since 1997 she has been working in Education under various roles from classroom teacher, learning and behavioural support teacher and as part of the senior leadership team. All of these roles have been in schools in the south of Warwickshire. She is currently an Early Years teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Wootton Wawen Church of England Primary School.

 

Helen Wood
Co-opted Governor

Personal Comments:

Since my children's involvement in the school I have been impressed by the way the school encourages and coaxes the children in all directions. This was the reason I wanted my children to attend this school, but it instils more than that; to have children who love learning and see every day as an adventure is more than I hoped for. This is why I want to support the school; it is my way of paying back the excellent learning experience that the children receive.

Natalie Pellet-Ward - Staff Governor & Assistant Headteacher

Background:

I have chosen to work in education since graduating from the University of Sussex in 1992. Whilst initially, my area of expertise was predominantly in key stage 2 and key stage 3, as my career has progressed, I have gained experience in teaching, developing teaching and leading across all ages of primary and secondary education. In all my teaching roles, I have undertaken whatever is needed for the benefit of my pupils, my colleagues, and my school. It is this approach to my professional life that enabled me to reach headship in my previous school, and, as from September 2023, I am delighted to have taken on the role as Temple Grafton’s Assistant Headteacher and to have joined our dedicated school governing body.

 

 

Natalie Pellet-Ward
Staff Governor

Personal Comments:

Our governors exist to improve educational standards so that every child in our care has the chance to realise their full potential. I believe our committed, nurturing and supportive network of governors drive systematic change here at Temple Grafton, enabling our school to run effectively and achieve its set aims and objectives.

Tara Yorke - Staff Governor & Headteacher

Background:

I am proud to have taken on the role as  Headteacher and to have joined our dedicated school governing body. I have twenty-seven years teaching experience and fifteen of those have been at Temple Grafton Primary School. 

Tara Yorke
Governor

Personal Comments:

In becoming a staff governor, I now have the opportunity to work closely with all stakeholders, making strong connections, to ensure all the children in our care flourish and thrive. I can be a part of sharing with the governors all the wonderful learning experiences we provide in school whilst also helping to develop and sustain our school vision moving forwards. 

Stephen Davies - Parent Governor

Background

Steve has over 10 years’ experience in the utilities sector in strategy, policy and regulatory roles, he is currently Head of Wholesale Market Regulation at E.ON UK. His two children started at the school in September 2018.

Stephen Davies
Parent Governor

Personal Comments

From our very first visit to the school it was clear what a fantastic environment for learning there is here at Temple Grafton School. I’m really excited to play a part in helping all children at the school fulfil their potential and making sure they leave with happy memories of their time here.

Chris Smith  - Foundation Governor

Background

I have got to know Temple Grafton C of E Primary School since being part of the church Open The Book team and feel encouraged to offer something more. I can offer a range of skills acquired as a solicitor in private practice and as a current local secondary school Governor of fourteen years.

Chris Smith
Foundation Governor

Personal Comments

I live in nearby Exhall village and know three families with children at the school and would like to support this aspect of the community. I especially want to collaborate with others to help imbue the children with the Christian ethos and values to help strengthen them in their development.

Faye Brown - Parent & Safeguarding Governor

Background

I joined the TG Governing Body as a Parent Governor in February 2020. I come from a management background and I have a wealth of experience in financial management, administration and working as part of a busy team. I am level-headed and a problem solver with the ability to see the big picture. I am happy to bring these skills to the Temple Grafton School Governing Body.

Faye Brown
Parent & Safeguarding Governor

Personal Comments

I am a full time working mother and I have a daughter who is currently in Key Stage 1. I believe that Temple Grafton C of E Primary School is a great school and being a governor enables me to contribute and support the school in a meaningful way. I understand the pressures that working parents are under and I am happy to bring the parent perspective to meetings. 

Claire Drake - Co-Opted Governor & SEND Governor

 

Background

I am a parent of two young pre-school children (my daughter will be joining Reception in September) and a local resident in the Temple Grafton area. I have a particular interest in special educational needs (SEN) as I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was young, so I fully understand the challenges that children face in a school environment. Since joining the governing body, I meet regularly with the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and monitor childrens’ progress closely.

Claire Drake
Co-Opted Governor & SEND Governor

Personal Comments

I am really proud of the school’s provision for children with additional needs which is fully inclusive and ensures their needs are identified as early as possible and that they are given full support from their teachers throughout their time at Temple Grafton. I have a positive outlook and I enjoy fully supporting the children, teachers, governors and the Temple Grafton School Community.

Chirs Hanson - Foundation Governor

Background

As a local Church Warden I'm keen to help build strong links between the church and the school and keep those important Christian values at the heart of everything we do. I have experience of child protection, working closely with children's services, and schools to keep children safe, I am also a local on call fire fighter and will hopefully bring useful skills and experience to the role. 

Chris Hanson
Foundation Governor

 

Personal Comments

I live in the local area and my daughter was lucky enough to attend Temple Grafton School. I really appreciate the solid foundation the school provided for Holly, the values of kindness, teamwork and caring for those around you really resinate with my family.