Each academy in the de Ferrers Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) which works on behalf of the Trust Board to exercise leadership in the running of the individual academy and hold the Principal and staff to account. The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and strives to ensure that our young people are attending a successful academy which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The role of the Local Governing Body:

  • helping the Principal and senior leadership team to set high standards by planning for the academy´s future and setting performance targets for the academy;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the academy provision;
  • the management of risks against the academy's risk register;
  • acting as a critical friend to the Principal and senior leadership team, offering support and advice;
  • helping the academy respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • helping make the academy be open and accountable to the public for what it does;
  • working with the academy on planning and developing policies and keeping the academy provision under review; and
  • exercising the responsibilities and powers delegated to it by the Directors in partnership with the Principal and staff.

The de Ferrers Trust is currently recruiting for governors in both primary and secondary schools.  Should you be interested please visit The de Ferrers Trust's website.

If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body, you can do so by contacting the Clerk to the Governors by emailing or writing to:

Granville Academy
Burton Road, Woodville, Swadlincote
DE11 7JR

The de Ferrers Trust Governance Documents

Meet Our Local Governing Body

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body as a Governor.  They are referred to as an Ex-officio Governor, by virtue of their office.  This means that they will remain a Governor for as long as they are employed in their role as Principal. 

Michelle Oliphant

Michelle Oliphant

Appointed: 01 September 2020

Attendance for 2022/23:  3/3

Declarations: Parent of child at Granville Academy



Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the Trust Board.  Their term of office is four years.  At Granville Academy the governance structure allows for four Board Appointed Governors.

Kristopher Harvey
Chair of Governors

K harvey

Appointed: 19 March 2019
Term of office: 19 March 2023 - 18 March 2027
Appointed by: The Trust Board

Attendance for 2022/23: 3/3

Declarations: None declared

Bio: I joined Granville Academy as a Trust Appointed Governor in March 2019 and was previously a Parent Governor at Woodville Infant school.  I have lived in the area for the last 20 years and I am a Chartered Engineer, working at Rolls-Royce in Derby. 

I have a son attending Granville Academy and my daughter has recently left the school having completed her GCSEs in 2019.  As a governor I enjoy using the skills I've learnt as an Engineer in a completely different environment, one that makes a difference to young people.

Martin Goldby

Martin Goldby


Appointed: 19 September 2023
Term of office: 19 September 2023 - 18 September 2027
Appointed by: The Trust Board

Attendance for 2022/23: N/A

Declarations: Employed at Rolls Royce PLC.

Bio: I am delighted to join Granville Academy as a Trust Appointed Governor in September 2023. I've lived in Church Gresley since 2007, moving to Moira in 2017. I've an Engineering background working at Rolls Royce in Derby, more recently moving to Project Management becoming a Chartered Project Professional.

I'm a big advocate of personal development and I'm a volunteer and Midland branch events organiser with the Association for Project Management, I'm also a STEM outreach contributor through Rolls Royce which combined with being a Governor gives me the opportunity to help young people progress where I can.

James Keith

Appointed: 19 September 2023
Term of office: 19 September 2023 - 18 September 2027
Appointed by: The Trust Board

Attendance for 2022/23: N/A

Declarations: None declared

Bio: TBC

Rachel Rosen

Rachel Rosen

Appointed: 12 December 2023
Term of office: 12 December 2023 - 11 December 2027
Appointed by: The Trust Board

Attendance for 2022/23: N/A

Declarations: None declared.

Bio: I am a Safeguarding Officer at The de Ferrers Academy. The wellbeing of our students is paramount, enabling them to have the best experience possible in school. Prior to working for The
de Ferrers Trust I have worked for Burton Queens Hospital, Burton and South Derbyshire College and for the West Midlands Ambulance service. From
these experiences I have skills working in safeguarding, SEND, pastoral care and working with families in and out of school. I enjoy spending time with
my two young children, painting and going to the cinema.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend Granville Academy.  When a parent governors vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.  At Granville Academy the governance structure allows for two parent governors. 

Gemma Handley

Gemma Handley

Appointed: 23 November 2023
Term of office: 23 November 2023 - 22 November 2027

Attendance for 2022/23: NA

Declarations: Parent Governor at Broom Leys Primary School, Parent of pupil at Granville Academy.

Bio: I was elected as a Parent Governor at Granville Academy in November 2023, having previously served for three years in the same role at Broom Leys School in Coalville. I have one child at Granville, with two more joining soon.

I am a Chartered Health & Safety professional with experience in a multitude of industries and settings, including transport, manufacturing, and defence. As a parent and a professional, I look forward to using my skills and experience for the betterment of all at Granville Academy.


Staff Governor

The staff governor by the staff based at Granville Academy.  When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Granville Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.  At Granville Academy the governance structure allows for one staff governor. 

Philippa Saddington

Philippa Saddington

Appointed: 09 May 2022
Term of office: 09 May 2022 - 08 May 2026

Attendance for 2022/23: 2/3

Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: Vice Chair East Staffordshire TUC.  Women's Officer, South Derbyshire NEU

Bio: I found my love of languages at secondary school, and I worked hard to achieve my dream of studying languages at university, a dream I was fortunate to relive when I learnt a whole new language at the mid point in my career. Having trained to teach MFL in Leeds, I started my teaching career in North Yorkshire, but soon moved to South Derbyshire.

Swadlincote has shaped my teaching as I have taught here for more than 30 years, and sometimes I do feel as if I am part of the furniture! It is a real privilege to be able to work with young people and to nurture their inspiration and joy as they develop and grow into their adult selves. 


Co-opted Governors

At Granville Academy the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt up to four further local governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years.  

Karen Harris

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Appointed: 23 January 2023
Term of office: 23 January 2023 - 22 January 2027

Attendance for 2022/23: 2/2 

Declarations: Family members attend Trust schools.

Bio: I am married with a family and have always lived in Burton.  Now retired, my career, after being a registered nurse, took a different path when I attained a BA in Informal and Community Education.  I then became a manager of education, personal development, health/wellbeing provision for Youth Services in three Counties/City and the NHS.   Also, working for Social Services Children and Families, Neighbourhood Regeneration and tutoring adults/young people for various organisations has enabled me to be familiar with the needs of young people and the wider community.  I look forward to my role as a governor at Granville Academy, as my passion has always been to enable others to achieve.









Liza Freeman

Appointed: 23 January 2023

Resigned: 15 February 2024

Attendance for 2022/23: 1/2

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None declared

Laura Braybrooke

Appointed: 03 May 2023

Resigned: 25 January 2024

Attendance for 2022/23: 1/1

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Employed at Arthur Terry Learning Partnership

Rosie Burke

Appointed: 24 May 2022

Resigned: 25 July 2023

Attendance for 2022/23: 3/3

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Employed by Voyage Care 

Benjamin Miller

Appointed: 05 July 2021

Resigned: 14 February 2023

Attendance for 2022/23: 0/2

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Teacher at Repton School 

Emma Bunditt

Appointed: 05 July 2021

Resigned: 06 February 2023

Attendance for 2022/23: 0/2

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Governor at Snarestone Primary School and an Exam Invigilator for South Charnwood High School. 


Clerk to Governors

The Clerk provides professional advice to the Governing Body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. They provide administrative support including minute taking and convening meetings, ensure the Governing Body is properly constituted and manage all Governing Body information effectively. It is the Clerk’s role to ensure the Governing Body meets all of its statutory duties.



Page Downloads Date  
Terms of Reference - LGB 22-23 27th Sep 2022 Download
Scheme of Delegation Sept 2023 03rd Oct 2023 Download
Code of Conduct 23-24 03rd Oct 2023 Download
Granville Academy LGB Register of Interests - February 2024 20th Feb 2024 Download