Governance at Granville Academy 

The Granville Academy is an Academy within a multi-academy trust namely The de Ferrers Trust.  

The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such is required to comply with charity law and company law.

The Trust is one legal entity with one set of Articles of Association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate Supplementary Funding Agreement.  All documents referred to throughout this page can be located below. 

Our Governance Structure 



The Members

The Trust consists of five members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the trust and act as a 'check and balance' on the performance of the multi-academy trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove trustees, amend the articles of association and, if necessary, wind up the multi-academy trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the trust board.  The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.   

To see a list of the trust's members please click here.


The Trust Board

The Trust Board has strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the multi-academy trust.  The board consists of up to 11 trustees, eight of whom are appointed by the members.  The trustees are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board's key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leaderships teams, that the multi-academy trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.  The trust board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least five times per year.  The trust board has established two sub-committees to assist them, namely The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and The Standards Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located at the bottom of this page.  The sub-committees will meet as often as is necessary, but at least three times per year.

To meet the trustees please click here.


The Local Governing Body

A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for Granville Academy. The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They play a support & challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to them by the trust board in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation (located at the bottom of this page). 

The LGB has established one-sub-committee, namely the pay committee which seeks assurances on behalf of the trust board that the processes around pay progression for our teaching staff are fair and robust.  The pay committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located below.

Our Acting Chair of Governors is Declan Royston-Webb and she can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Our Clerk to the Local Governing Body is Rhiannon Mayne, who can be contacted by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Meet our Local Governing Body 


Ex-Officio Governor

The Acting Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body as a governor.  He is referred to as an ex-officio governor.  This means that he will remain a governor for as long as he is employed in his role as Acting Principal.  

 Craig Brown - Acting Principal

   Appointed: 1 February 2020


Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None

Bio: Craig has been involved with supporting Trust schools since the Trust’s inception and now works full time for the Trust, with overall responsibility for educational outcomes.  He works closely with the Academy Principals to improve performance and instill best practice in all aspects of education.  Craig leads an expanding team of cross-phase educational Lead Practitioners, who work at both a strategic and an operational level, helping the Trust Board to hold each Academy, and their leaders, to account. 

He has a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University and has taught Mathematics in secondary schools for over 16 years.  Craig has taught all elements of Mathematics, from Year 6 transition to A-Level Further Mathematics and Higher Level International Baccalaureate Mathematics.  He has an outstanding track record within examination group performance, as well as supporting colleagues into A-Level teaching.

Prior to joining the Trust, Craig was Vice Principal at The de Ferrers Academy with responsibility for Data and Timetable.  He led the development of regular data tracking and reporting at the Academy and created an accountability model that underpinned dramatic improvements in outcomes over a sustained period.  Craig also successfully supported a number of other schools in both development of data protocols and timetable creation, with each establishment reporting significant performance gains over the period. 

He is passionate about educational performance, particularly in the local area; he is a Director of a local primary academy that was previously in Special Measures.  Craig is also passionate about technology in education; he is an Apple Teacher and was one of the original exponents of the 1-to-1 iPad programme at The de Ferrers Academy.      

Most recently, Craig has stepped in as Acting Principal at Granville Academy in the interim while a new Principal is recruited.                                                                                               




 Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are board appointed are appointed by the trust board.  Their term of office is 4 years.  At Granville Academy the governance structure allows for four board appointed governors.


  Declan Royston-Webb - Chair of Governors

  Appointed: 15 May 2018 

  Attendance for 2018/19: 4/5


Committee Membership: Pay committee

Register of Interests: None


Bio: Having worked with children and young people for many years, I have developed an understanding of the fundamental role of high-quality education for all students.  I am passionate about young people being afforded every opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and personally and it was this passion that led me to join Granville Academy as a governor in May 2018.  

I have a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood & Youth Studies and have experience working within Local Authority Children’s Services as well as continuing voluntary roles in strategic positions with two local children’s charities. 

As a child, I grew up within Swadlincote and whilst I have since moved out of the area, I still have links with the local community.  I am pleased to have been appointed as a governor for Granville Academy and I am hopeful that I can bring additional useful skills and experience to the team



   Kristopher Harvey

  Appointed: 19 March 2019 
  Attendance for 2018/19: 2/2


Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: None


Bio: I joined 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. I’m a Chartered Engineer and work at Rolls-Royce in Derby.  I have a son in year 10 and my daughter, having completed her GCSE's in 2019, is attending Derby College.



  John Widdowson

  Appointed: 3 April 2020 
  Attendance for 2018/19: n/a


Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: Trust Board Member at The de Ferrers Trust


Bio: Having completed my education at the De Ferrers Academy in 2001, I started my career working in Sports Coaching and Community work. 19 years on and I now work at Burton Albion Community Trust which is the charity of Burton Albion Football Club, thoroughly enjoy my job and the amazing work this charity does. 

Joined the De Ferrers Trust as a trustee in 2019, I am also a trustee for the Central England Cooperative Trust. The role of a trustee is extremely rewarding. I enjoy being a link trustee for a variety of schools working across both East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. 

As a father of two when not working and volunteering as a trustee I spend as much time as I can watching my daughter play football and dance. My son's passion for music and drama keeps us entertained there is never a dull moment.

I am looking forward to being part of the Granville Academy LGB supporting the school to achieve all it can. 



 Sophie Leadley

  Appointed: 3 April 2020 
  Attendance for 2018/19: n/a


Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: Trust Board Member at The de Ferrers Trust


Bio: TBC


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. 


 Peter Geering

Appointed: 5 March 2018 
Attendance for 2018/19: 4/5

  Committee Membership: None 

 Register of Interests: None  


Bio: I have lived and worked in the local area for most of the last 30 years, initially for Bass / Molson Coors and for the last 9 years for Coca-Cola. I have a degree in Biochemistry and I am a qualified Brewer and through my career I have strong experience in business and financial management

I have a son in year 8 at Granville and have a strong interest in helping the effective governance of the Academy both now and for the future.


  Jeffrey Morris

Appointed: 3 February 2020 
Attendance for 2018/19: n/a


Committee Membership: None
Register of Interests: None

Bio: Although I originally studied and trained as an archaeologist, for the past 25 years I have worked in the construction industry initially in a technical engineering capacity before moving into site and project management.  During the past 10 to  15 years I have focused almost entirely on the quality and customer care both on the Client side and working for the main contractor.  During this time I have been involved in a diverse range of projects airports, schools, Colleges and Universities, medical facilities I was also involved in the Athletes Village for the 2012 London Olympics and site-wide quality manager for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.


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. 


 Sarah Hewart 

  Appointed: 1 September 2017 

  Attendance for 2018/19: 5/5

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None

Bio: I have been part of Granville since January 2014, teaching Maths and overall responsibility for Numeracy. Within this time, I have become part of the extended Leadership Team which has allowed me to utilise my experience and skills from my previous school. I have experience of all aspects within student support and guidance, including behaviour, attendance and learning policies. I have worked in a school that was placed into Special Measures, and was part of the team that moved the school out of this category into “Good.” So I understand the pressures and challenges that categories place on a school, the students and staff as a whole.

I was appointed to the Governing body at the end of June 2017, a role that I am proud to hold. I believe that being a part of a strong Governing body will support and challenge Granville to not only become the Academy of choice but to keep growing from strength to strength. 


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.   


Michelle Hurley

Appointed: 11 October 2017
Attendance for 2018/19: 3/5

Committee Membership: Pay Committee

Register of Interests: None 

Bio: Recently appointed (Sept 2017) Co-opted Governor for Granville Academy, I am very much looking forward to helping to steer and support the right decisions to ensure that the Academy provides a successful learning environment for all students. I care passionately about the future of our next generation and ensuring that they receive the best education and support from their schooling, and as a local parent of two children, one of primary age and one recently started at Granville, I also have a personal vested interest in the quality and performance of the Academy. 


I work within professional services for a global accountancy firm and have experience of various senior business support roles, including: HR performance management and recruitment, administrative team management, headcount and finance budget control, MI analysis and manpower planning and deployment. I am confident that my skills and knowledge can be applied to my role as Governor, and in turn benefit the students and staff within the Academy. 

Having observed the progress of Granville over the past few years, I have every confidence in the strong senior leadership team and I'm proud to be associated with them and look forward to working with, and supporting them further as time progresses. 


Ashley Poxon


Appointed: 14 May 2020
Attendance for 2018/19: n/a

Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: None 

Bio: TBC


Malc Gee (resigned)

   Appointed: September 2017

   Resigned: March 2020


Committee Membership: 


Register of Interests: None



  Kim Geering (resigned)

 Appointed: May 2019

   Resigned: November 2019


Committee Membership: 


Register of Interests: None



  David Gaskin (resigned)

   Appointed: September 2017

   Resigned: November 2019


Committee Membership: 

Pay Committee 

Register of Interests: None


All documents mentioned can be found below. 

To access the Annual Report and Financial Statements please click

Articles of Association

Master Funding Agreement

Supplementary Funding Agreement 

Terms of Reference for the LGB

Terms of Reference for the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Terms of Reference for the Pay Committee

Terms of Reference for the Standards Committee 

Scheme of Delegation

Should you need to request these documents, you can do so from the Director of Governance and Compliance – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Us

The Academy office is open Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm during term time.

Tel: 01283 216765 

email: office.granville@deferrerstrust.com 

Acting Principal: Mr Craig Brown 

Chair of Governors: Declan Royston-Webb 

SENCO: Naomi Hill