Governor News

Governor News

New Parent Governor

Mrs Neelam Saihjpal has been appointed as a new parent governor

New Parent Governor

Mrs Alice Scannell has been appointed as a new parent governor

New Co-Opted Governor

Mr Manjit Singh has been appointed as a new co-opted governor

New Staff Governor

Mrs Claire Dismorr has been appointed as the new staff governor.

Two New Parent Governors

Mrs Sandeep Bhagwan and Anthony Alonzi have been elected unopposed as new parent governors.

New Parent Governor

Victoria Hastie has been elected as a parent governor. She works at Sidney Stringer as the Director of Swan Teaching School Alliance. She has two children in Year 1 and has significant experience as a Governor especially in School Improvement.

New Parent Governor

Kirandeep Khatkar has been elected as a parent governor. She is a qualified solicitor and enthusiastic about education and firmly believes all children ought to have access to equal opportunities.

Supporting KS2 SATS

It is considered good practice for procedures involved in ensuring the security and proper implementation of KS 2 SATS tests to be observed and scrutinised by trusted figures known to the school. This year, from Monday 8th May to Thursday 11th May, scrutiny of all testing sessions was covered by governors.

The Monday to Wednesday sessions were attended by Shelagh Rixon and John Blundell and Shelagh Rixon were in attendance for the Thursday sessions.

New Teacher Interviews

Colin Marscheider and Lynne Jeffs supported the school in appointing a new teacher. Six candidates were shortlisted and were interviewed. The interview consisted of a formal interview and an hour lesson on poetry to Year 3.

Lynne along with Mrs Dismoor observed the lessons and an observation pro-forma was completed for each observation with a discussion with class TAs about candidates effectiveness within the classroom.

Colin along with Mr Ledgard and Mrs Sahota conducted the formal interviews.
Finally a formal discussion about observations and conclusions from written observations and feedback from he formal interview a candidate was appointed

Compton Verney

Lynne Jeffs accompanied 3H on a trip to Compton Verney.
The children explored Bronze Age life through a range of outdoor and hands on activities with a Forest School Leader.
They took part in 5 activities:
Hands on “Wattle and Daub” with mud, straw and manure.
Build and construct a traditional Bronze Age rectangular or round house using natural resources and materials on site.
Grind wheat to make flour.
Prepare fire for heat, survival and protection.
Make bread using water and flour.

Finally the children were able to taste traditional Bronze Age bread whilst sitting around the fire.
The children were keen to try all activities. They worked as teams and it was lovely to see how they helped and supported each other during all the activities.
The adults felt this was a worthwhile experience for the children and that the Forest School Leader was well organised and very knowledgeable.
The children were a credit to the school.

Birmingham Sea Life World

Shelagh accompanied Year Two on a trip to Birmingham Sea Life World on Wednesday 21st November. Penguins, rays, sharks and turtles were the predicted success but an unexpected experience was a visit behind the scenes where the children inspected (and smelled!) some of the food prepared for the fish and other sea-animals. Behaviour was excellent and children stayed very sensibly near their designated adults in spite of all the exciting climbing in and out of tunnels and opportunities to see so many different habitats and creatures on the route round the exhibition.

Visit to Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

On Tuesday 15th November, Year 3 visited the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery Ancient Greek Department accompanied by teaching staff, support staff, parents and a governor, Shelagh. The children undertook challenging archaeological tasks, identifying some of the artifacts on display and also learnt about how the original Olympic Games were conducted, took part (magnificently!) in their own performance of a Greek Tragedy and joined in a reconstruction of ancient Athens’ annual celebration, the Panathenaic Procession, all in full costume. Behaviour as ever was exemplary and the level of engagement in the drama activities in particular was a pleasure to see. From the wistful looks cast by the children on all the other wonderful exhibits we had to pass by on our way to and from the Greek section, perhaps other visits would be popular!


Years 3 and 4 made Grange Farm proud at the team building event they attended at Finham Park School on Monday morning, 14th November 2016. All of the pupils were exceptionally well-behaved, showing great skills in listening and supporting one another throughout the activities as well as collaborating in an outstanding manner with their partner school Finham Primary. Our pupils had the opportunity to enjoy a number of warm-up, parachute, teamwork and drama based games alongside mat races, bench activities and capture the flag. A number of our pupils were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. All of the participants received certificates in recognition of their hard work as part of a team.

Sultan, Lynne, Shelagh and Colin supported the event.

On 8th November our Year5/ Year6 children took part in a team building event at Finham Park Secondary School where they had to work with children from other schools to solve problems, develop team building skills and complete tasks.
The children were split into 12 groups (about 18 children in each group) and there were varied activities completed in the sports hall and on the outdoor hard courts. Some of the challenges that the children faced were quite demanding and our pupils showed great enthusiasm and committment when attempting the activities.
At the end of the morning the Finham Park Year 10 students chose the top three pupils from each group who showed leadership skills and I am delighted to say our children at Grange Farm were presented with a number of gold, silver and bronze medals.
Well done everyone, a smashing event.

Pete and Shelagh supported the event.

November 15 – The term of office for chair and vice chair has changed from one year to two years.


  1. The name of the school is Grange Farm Primary School.
  2. The school is a Community School.
  3. The  name of the governing body is   ‘The Governing Body of Grange Farm Primary School’.
  4. The governing body shall consist of:

(a) five parent governors
(b) one LA  governor
(c) one staff governor
(d) the Headteacher and
(e) Six Co-opted Governors

  1. Total number of governors will be fourteen (except at any time when the headteacher has given notice as above that he/she chooses not to be a governor, when the total number of governors will be thirteen).
  2. The term of office of all categories of governor shall be 4 years.
  3. This instrument was made by order of Coventry City Council as the Local Authority in accordance with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 as amended, on the third day of March two thousand and fifteen (3 March 2015).
  4. This Instrument of Government shall come into effect on the nineteenth day of March two thousand and fifteen (19 March 2015)
  5.  A copy of the instrument must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the Headteacher if not a governor).

Governor Visits

Team Building Event

Mrs Jeffs attended a Team Building event at Finham Academy on Friday 22.
Years 5 and 6 took part in a number of events at Finham. The activities in which they participated were: Catch the Flag (outside), Mat Race and bench activities (in the Gym), Cup Game, Ninjas, Human Ladder, Human Knott, Morse Code, Number game (like a Rubic cube game), Wordless, Splat amongst others.

The children were keen participants and worked well together supporting each other.

Medals were awarded as follows:

Bronze medals: for enthusiasm.
Silver medals: for teamwork.
Gold medals: for demonstrating good leadership skills, communication and teamwork.

Governor Membership

Governors are appointed for a four year period.

Parent Governors

Name Date Appointed Appointed By Date Declaration of Business Interests Signed Other Governor Responsibilities
Mrs Victoria Hastie 21.06.18 Parents Futures Trust
Mrs Sandeep Bhagwan 21.11.19 Parents
Mr Manjit Singh 23.6.21 Parents
Mrs Alice Scannell 02.11.21 Parents
Mr Anthony Alonzi 19.11.19 Parents Governor Rugby High School

LA Governor (Council Appointed)

Cllr Tim Sawdon 31.8.20 LA & Governing Board

Co-opted Governors

Mr Colin Marscheider (Chair) 18.3.19 Governing Body 6.10.21 Governor at Howes Primary School
Cllr John Blundell 18.3.19 Governing Body Governor at Finham Park Academy
Ms Shelagh Rixon 19.3.19 Governing Body Governor at Stanton Bridge Primary School
Mrs Lynne Jeffs 18.11.19 Governing Board
Mr Pete James 18.11.19 Governing Body Governor at St Peter & St Paul RC Primary School

Teacher Governor

Mrs Claire Dismorr 15.11.19 All Staff


Mr Martin Ledgard 4.1.16 25.11.20 Governor at Thomas Jolyffe Primary School, Stratford-upon-Avon

Governors who have stepped down but have served in the last 12 months

Name Date Date Stepped Down
Mrs Holly Lawton July 21
Mrs Kirandeep Khatkar December 21

Governor Committees

Resource Management

This committee covers Premises, Finance, Personnel, Marketing and Health & Safety and members are:

Victoria Hastie (Chair) Martin Ledgard Tim Sawdon
John Blundell Colin Marscheider Peter James
Claire Dismorr (Notes) Manjit Singh Jasminders Sahota

Additionally, 3 governors to be selected from the members above, as and when required, excluding the Headteacher, to consider Staff Dismissal, Grievances, Health Reviews and Pupil Discipline hearings.

Sub group of RM covers all Health & Safety issues within the school:
Martin Ledgard, Tim Sawdon and Steve Ell

Quality & Standards

This committee covers Special needs, Target setting, Curriculum, SIP and Standards & Data and members are:

Colin Marscheider (Chair) Martin Ledgard Sandeep Bhagwan
Lynne Jeffs Pete James Shelagh Rixon
Anthony Alonzi Jasminder Sahota Jordan Sargent (Notes)

Additionally, 3 governors to be selected from the members above, as and when required, excluding the Headteacher to consider Staff Dismissal, Grievances, TLR Appeals, and Pupil Discipline appeals.

The quorum for Committees to be 3 members

Newly appointed governors attend meetings of both committees to enable them to see which ones would be most suitable to join.

Governor Responsibilities

Performance Management/Pay Committee: Colin Marscheider, Victoria Hastie and Pete James
Performance Management Review Officer: Tim Sawdon
Link Governor: Colin Marscheider
SEN Governor: Peter James and Sandeep Bhagwan
More Able and Gifted and Talented Governor: John Blundell
Numeracy Governor: Anthony Alonzi
Literacy Governor: Shelagh Rixon
Looked After Children: Colin Marscheider
Child Protection Governor: Colin Marscheider
Governors’ Web Pages: Colin Marscheider
Safer Recruitment Governors: Shelagh Rixon, Lynne Jeffs & Colin Marscheider
Equal Opportunities Governor: Kirandeep Khatkar
Relationship, and Sex Education Governor: Victoria Hastie
Prevent Governor: Anthony Alonzi
Pupil Premium Governor: Pete James
Health & Safety Governor: Tim Sawdon
UK GDPR: Colin Marscheider
Pupil Voice: Peter James
Well-being: Peter James
Curriculum Development: Kirandeep Khatkar and Sandeep Bhagwan
Science: John Blundell
Professional Development: Colin Marscheider
EYFS: Lynne Jeffs

Governors’ Allowances


At Grange Farm Primary School, we are dedicated to good practice and ensuring equality through school processes.

The School Governance Regulations (2013) allow governing bodies of maintained schools, who have a delegated budget, to decide whether they wish to pay expenses to governors and associate members of the governing body, in order to reimburse any expenses they have incurred when serving as a governor.

This policy has been created with the aim of ensuring that all governors, and non-governors who are members of the governing body, receive reimbursements for an expenses where the school has derived benefit from the individual serving their governing duty.

The school believes that enabling governors to fulfil their roles, regardless of circumstances, is important in ensuring equality for all governing members of our community and is, therefore, an appropriate use of our annual budget.

Below is our policy.

Governors’ Allowances Policy

Register of Meeting Attendance

Below is the register of attendance at meetings by Governors.

Full Governing Body Meeting


Main Meeting 18/03/2020 Main Meeting 08/07/2021 Main Meeting 26/11/2021
Blundell, John
Scannell, Alice N/A N/A
Alonzi, Anthony
James, Peter
Jeffs, Lynne
Ledgard, Martin
Marscheider, Colin
Dismorr, Claire
Rixon, Shelagh
Sawdon, Tim Apologies Apologies
Bhagwan, Sandeep Apologies
Hastie, Victoria Apologies
Manjit Singh N/A
Neelam Saihjpal N/A N/A N/A


Quality & Standards Meeting

Q&S Meeting 04/11/2020 Q&S Meeting 03/03/2021 Q&S Meeting 28/04/2021 Q&S Meeting 30/06/2021 Q&S Meeting 17/11/2020 Q&S Meeting 12/01/2022
Alonzo, Anthony
James, Peter
Jeffs, Lynne Apologies Apologies Apologies
Bhagwan, Sandeep Apologies
Ledgard, Martin
Marscheider, Colin
Rixon, Shelagh
Scannell, Alice N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Saihjpal, Neelam N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


Resources Management Meeting


RM Meeting 24/02/2021 RM Meeting 16/06/2021 RM Meeting 03/11/2021
Hastie, Victoria Apologies
Blundell, John Apologies
Ledgard, Martin
Marscheider, Colin Apologies
Sawdon, Tim Apologies
James, Peter
Dismorr, Claire
Singh, Manjit N/A N/A
Scannell, Alice N/A N/A N/A
Saihjpal, Neelam N/A N/A N/A

Governor Login

Copies of governor documents can be accessed via this portal.