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The Grange Academy

The Grange Academy

The Grange Academy

Welcome toThe Grange Academy

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Governing Body

Sponsors

The Grange Academy is sponsored by the Future Academies (multi-academy trust), founded by Lord and Lady Nash with the aim of broadening horizons for young people across the country. Core to Future’s vision is the belief that, with the right support, encouragement and opportunities, there are no limits to what students can achieve. Lord and Lady Nash are the Co-Sponsors and Co-Chair of Governors for The Grange Academy. 

A MAT plays a number of roles in the life of an Academy, setting its direction, working with the leadership team to ensure that it provides the best learning environment for the students, and leading the Governing Body. The MAT is responsible for fostering progress in all areas of the school’s operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the Academy in the wider community.

Future Academies is a charity regulated by the Department for Education, and a company limited by guarantee 6543442. Future Academies’ registered address is Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit www.futureacademies.org.

Click here to view the Future Academies annual report and accounts.

Click here to view The Grange Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement.

Click here to view the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association.

For more information on the Governance Structure at Future Academies, click here.

Governing Body

Full profiles of the members of the present governing body at The Grange Academy can be found below.

Paul Smith (Chair)

Mr. Paul Smith is the CEO of Future Academies and a National Leader of Education (NLE). He is greatly experienced in education, and has served as head teacher of several schools as well as working as an Ofsted inspector and as a Regional Schools Commissioner.

  • Role: CEO
  • Date of appointment: 9th June 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Governors on the Future Academies Primary Local Governing Bodies and Barclay Academy; and Governor of Phoenix Academy, Laureate Academy, and Future Academies Watford.
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None.
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Gordon Mizner

Over my career I have sat on several boards, been responsible for everything from strategy & planning to running businesses, to R&D. In my immediate past role I had much interaction with many industries and employers and the provision of STEM job/career related experiences to young people. I am keen to use my skills and experience to ensure that The Grange Academy provides an excellent all round education for its students.

  • Date of appointment: 1st October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3.

Chad Ranaweera

I am the Application Environments Build Manager, Group IT at Dixons Carphone Group. I am accountable for the control and management of all non-production environments used across the software development life cycle (SDLC) within Group IT. I have a great deal of skill and experience in building and maintaining excellent operational relationship with senior business, IT and partner stakeholders. My skills enable me to play an active role in local governance at The Grange Academy, bringing a parents’ perspective to governing body business and decision making.

  • Date of appointment: 1st May 2018
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3.

Robert Fenton

Since September 2017 I have been the Executive Head Teacher of two large primary schools in the London Borough of Brent that have now federated. Prior to this role I have had two Headships in the North of England and whilst Head Teacher of Wembley Primary School, I was the Centre Manager for its Children’s Centre. I volunteered for the role of governor at The Grange Academy because I live near the school; and as well as feeling I could offer my experience and skills in the leadership and management of schools, I was keen to learn how a high school approaches strategic developments in improving outcomes for its pupils. 

  • Date of appointment: 10th November 2017
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3.

Beth Innes

Ms Innes is a lifelong resident of Bushey and Oxhey and her son joined The Grange in September 2020. Her profession as a Renewals Manager for a national IT reseller and her position as the President of the Oxhey WI has gifted her a wide range of communication, planning and change facilitation experience in corporate and community settings. Keen to develop herself, Ms Innes looks forward to the opportunities to do so through the role of school governor, bringing ‘fresh eyes’ and a key stakeholders’ perspective to discussions and decisions. The success of The Grange Academy is key to the bright futures of the community’s children.

  • Date of appointment: 14th December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A.

Emma Weintroub

Emma lives locally and has worked in the property industry for over 30 years. She now uses her skills and expertise working at LocatED, an arm’s length body to the Department for Education (DfE) responsible for buying and developing sites in England to help deliver schools that will provide education for the future generations. Emma believes that every child should be considered on their own merits, and all have the ability to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Emma’s personal and professional life experiences will make a positive contribution to the work of the Local Governing Body in supporting the improvement journey of the academy.

  • Date of appointment: 17th December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A.

Would you like to shape the future of one of our thriving Academies as a Governor?

Outstanding local governance is vital to the success of Future Academies. Our local governing bodies carry much of the responsibility for overseeing the performance and educational offer our academies provide. 

At the heart of our ethos is the aspiration that children are enabled to be socially mobile through a knowledge-led approach to curriculum planning and delivery, as well as a broad and wide-ranging educational enrichment programme. 

Being a governor is a voluntary position and we are incredibly grateful to the highly skilled group of people who commit their time and expertise to our academies.

If you want to become a governor and if you share our aspirations for our children and teenagers, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming a Future Academies Governor, whether you are ready to apply or if you just want more information, please contact Tracy Simmons.

Future Academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of positions are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and reference checks.