Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Griffin Schools Trust (GST) itself and of the schools individually and collectively. Please click here to see our Governance Structure.
The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the body to whom schools are directly accountable. It delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Board/Body (LGB) or School Improvement Board (SIB) according to the Scheme of Delegation.
The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as private sector professionals with a wide range of commercial experience and expertise. In keeping with our vision we also place an emphasis on attracting Trustees who have backgrounds and networks in Sport and the Arts. The Board acts as guardian to the Trust vision, and ensures that progress towards its fulfilment is underpinned with the highest standards of compliance with our regulators so that public funding is very well-used.
Serving as a Governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST Governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e. once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each Governor’s skills and the needs of the school.
The role is very different from that of a Governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to evidence the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST Governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the pupils they serve.
The Trust is responsible for the appointment, performance management and professional development of the Heads, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and evidencing the impact that the Head and Governors are making through their termly meetings. Through their work in and for the school, Governors come to know the school community and to be well-informed about its performance, able to talk about it confidently and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.
We very much appreciate the work that Governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust. We hope that Governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives and their individual experience of the living reality of the GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.
The Stantonbury Improvement Board is:
Mike McCreedy – Chair
Mark has more than twenty years experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools, predominantly in London. An experienced Head and school improver, he is passionate about developing a curriculum and pedagogy that ensures that every child’s potential can be discovered and fulfilled. His expertise in using timetabling as a strategic lever in school improvement and a basis for innovative partnership working is an important driver of progress at Nicholas Chamberlaine School as well as a popular training course for senior staff across GST. Mark is driven to develop and coach staff to work together for sustainable improvement and believes that every child in the school community should be encouraged and supported to fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.
Carrie joined Park Lane Primary & Nursery School as Head in April 2018. After starting her teaching career in 1998 she quickly progressed through Senior Leadership. As school partnerships grew, Carrie became Executive Head of a federation of schools and the founder of a small Multi- Academy Trust. Carrie has a strong belief that the children should be at the heart of all decisions made by school leaders. She recognises that children only get one chance at Primary Education and this inspires her vision and values. Carrie believes that school to school support and strong partnerships are essential to maximise the educational opportunities for children and communities.
Lisa has extensive teaching and leadership experience in both primary and secondary education, and across two continents. In her recent roles as a Head, Senior Leader and School Improver, she has contributed to schools’ rapid progress to outstanding. Lisa has a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management and is dedicated to ensuring that all children are successful, both within the curriculum and in the world beyond their school.
Charlotte has 20 years’ teaching and leadership experience in secondary education, in London and Wales. Prior to her teaching career, she was director of a company specialising in supporting young people into vocational training and apprenticeships. Charlotte brings to the Trust the perspective of a practitioner in the current policy landscape together with wide experience of delivering to learners on a large scale. She was a founding Board member of the Griffin Schools Trust.
A founder and former Joint CEO of the Griffin Schools Trust, Liz has spent more than thirty years in school and system improvement in the UK and overseas. She has led independent, international and maintained schools as well as managing a large Local Authority advisory service. Before establishing the Griffin Schools Trust she grew a successful consultancy business with a range of clients including DfE and Local Authorities. The drive in whatever she does is to focus system leaders on social equality.
Mike McCreedy – Chair
Mike McCreedy has a career which includes over 30 years of public sector experience. In addition to this Mike has held senior roles at the Commission for Racial Equality and the BIG Lottery Fund. Mike is now retired and is currently a governor at a local sixth form college and a secondary school, as well as Chairing the Perry Wood Local Governing Body for the Trust. Mike is dedicated to the GST vision and values.
Anne is a music graduate who found her vocation in teaching in the least affluent communities in East London. As a primary Head and then Executive Head, Anne has led and supported rapid and sustainable improvement journeys in several GST schools, primary and secondary. Her leadership saw two long-term underperforming schools speed from special measures to confidently outstanding. The first GST Head to become the CEO on the strength of her record, Anne presides over the further realisation of the Trust’s vision. She is driven by a belief that good exam outcomes are the corollary of a great education and not its sole focus.
Clerk – Tracey Headley
Address of Chair:
Stantonbury International School, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN