Parent Governor Election April 2024

The local governing body has 2 parent vacancies and is looking for parents/carers who are interested in this role to stand for election.

What are the benefits of being a parent governor?

  • Rewarding both personally and professionally
  • Provides the opportunity to work as part of a team
  • Build skill set e.g. strategic thinking, communication, decision making,
  • Be part of the wider school community.

To be eligible to stand you will need to have a child at the school and not be employed for more than 500 hours by the school or Local Authority. The most important aspect is that you have a keen interest in the school and are prepared to play an active role in the work of the local governing body.

For more information, please click here.

Between 1 January 2021 and 31 August 2023 the Academy was governed by an Interim Executive Board.  The purpose of the Interim Executive Board (IEB) was to provide interim expertise and high quality governance to address the school’s concerns and put in place a strategy for sustainable improvement, including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.

The IEB had all the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, but additionally it was charged with conducting the school, “so as to secure, as far as is practicable to do so, the provision of a sound basis for future improvement in the conduct of the school”. The IEB combined the non-executive role of a governing body with a more operational role in order to bring about rapid improvement.

In June 2023, the SNMAT Board approved to appoint a Local Governing Body from 1 September 2023.

Local Governing Body 2023/24

NameType of appointmentDate of appointment/resignationBusiness/pecuniary interests declaredResponsibilityAttendance 2023/24
Mr Martin O’Connell (Chair)Co-opted1 January 2021Governor of Magnus Church of England AcademySafeguarding and SEN3/3
Mr Jamie ClareCo-opted11 May 2023GDPR2/3
Ms Rebecca KunziCo-opted7 May 2024South Kesteven District Council, Ringrose Law, Aldi
Robert DjemahDiocesan11 May 2023Data and Assessment2/3
Clare Barber (Principal)Staff1 January 20213/3
Andrea MitchellStaff1 September 2023Pupil Premium3/3
Matthew AshParent1 September 2023 to 15 April 20242/3

Interim Executive Board 2021/23

NameType of appointmentDate of appointment/resignationBusiness/pecuniary interests declaredResponsibilityAttendance 2021/22Attendance 2022/23
Mr Martin O’Connell (Chair)MAT1 January 2021Governor or Magnus Church of England AcademyGDPR, training and induction5/56/6
Mrs Anna MartinExecutive Principal1 January 2021Executive Principal of Magnus Church of England AcademySafeguarding and SEN5/56/6
Mrs Grace MortonMAT1 January 2021Health and Safety and Food Standards5/56/6
Mrs Emma FordhamMAT11 May 20231/1
Mr Robert DjemahMAT11 May 20231/1
Mr Jamie ClareMAT11 May 20231/1

The Chair of Governors is Mr Martin O’Connell.  You can contact him through the Clerk, Mrs Julie Swatton:

The West Grantham Church of England Secondary Academy

The Avenue, Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire  NG31 7PX

Tel: 01476 405200


Statutory Information

  • LGB Declarations of Interest 2023/24
  • Please click here for SNMAT governance and financial information, including final accounts, the gender pay gap, executive pay and master funding agreement
  • Please click here for SNMAT Declarations of Interest
  • Please click here to link to our page on the schools financial benchmarking service

Governor Vacancies

The Directors of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust (SNMAT) are seeking to recruit governors to join the Local Governing Body of The West Grantham Church of England  Secondary Academy.  SNMAT is a successful and expanding MAT based in Southwell, Nottinghamshire whose core purpose is to make things better for the pupils and communities that its partner academies serve.

The Academy is seeking to grow their Local Governing Body with committed, enthusiastic governors with the skillset to support and challenge the leadership in equal measure.

It is not essential that applicants have previous experience of working in a school.  We are seeking to recruit individuals with or looking to gain experience at working at a strategic level and share our vision to champion and rejoice in those we serve, creating an environment where excellence is achieved and potential fulfilled.

If you are interested in applying to become a governor, please contact the Clerk, Mrs Julie Swatton, by email to or by telephone on 01476 589261.

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