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Meet Our Governors


Did you know that school Governors form the largest volunteer force in the country and their contribution to schools is invaluable?

They have a vital role to play by bringing their experiences to the role in order to help to raise standards and to ensure that every child in the school reaches their full potential.  Governors, together with the Headteacher, set the future direction for the school and decide, collectively, how the school’s budget should be spent. The Governors work includes monitoring the impact of policies, overseeing the use of the school’s budget, responding to inspection recommendations and they are accountable for the standards in the school. Governors provide the Headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They also undertake training that contributes to their role as governors of the school.


Please find below a personal statement from each of our Governors, details of their membership and also attendance for all the committees.


Nigel Johnson – Chair of Governors, LEA Governor

“I am a Governor for our children; for our community; to give something back”


Sarah Harris – Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

I believe that any school is only as good as the staff and the volunteers who support them. Grendon has a great staff and I am proud to be one of many volunteers helping the school to deliver challenging aspirations for all pupils as part of their Growth Mindset approach.


Simon Maynard- Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

“As a parent of children at the school, I see and hear first hand the excellent work of the GUCS team in providing a fantastic learning environment for all pupils. I am a governor because I believe I can help to support the school in ensuring that these high standards are maintained and developed.”


VACANCY – Co-Opted Governor



Graham Hayward – Co-Opted Governor

“I am a Governor because after I retired from a long career in business, I wanted to give something back to the community. Helping Grendon Underwood Combined School is a perfect opportunity to do this, with the added bonus that my Grandsons are pupils here.”


Steve Dewhurst – Co-Opted Governor

“I work in the University sector and I know how important it is that every child has the best possible opportunity to grow to their full potential. Grendon School is a truly inspirational place where the positive and supportive ‘growth mindset’ is evident in everything I see. It’s an excellent School, but I believe it can become an exemplar in the region. I joined the Governing Body because I believe I can help in the next part of the journey.”


Colin Kendrick – Co-Opted Governor

The school is a vital part of the local community. How it sets the tone for involvement, enjoyment and achievement is a huge influence on the cultural fabric of the area and the people who live there. Being part of the governor team gives me an opportunity to involve myself in how the local community will develop in the years to come through the children that pass through its gates and its parents who involve themselves with their children’s educational development.


Kevin Morrissey – Headteacher (Staff Governor)

“I feel extremely privileged and passionate to be the Headteacher at Grendon School; being part of a great team to ‘grow the school’ to its full potential through the Growth Mindset philosophy and our Learning Behaviours that are unique to us.”


Ms AJ Wilson – Co-Opted Governor

Being a school governor in Grendon is a privilege, the staff are committed to developing ever more opportunities for all to achieve their best. The school push us as governors to challenge them to do the best by our children. My main motivation is in helping all groups to achieve their goals no matter what their situation.


Victoria Gardiner – Staff Governor


Monja Farquharson – Co-Opted Governor


Layla Jury – Co-Opted Governor

I am a governor because I believe the first years of a child's education are so important to their future development. I want to support the school ensuring it provides the best possible environment for our children to 'grow their brains'.

Welcome to our new website! We are a very GRITTY school in the heart of a rural community, which is also a short drive from Aylesbury and Bicester. Our classes are average for a one form intake but have 15 in our Year 5 class!!