Grey Court School Highlights

The Governing Body is responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future

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Who we are and what we do?

The governors of Grey Court School are dedicated to the achievement of excellence by students through innovative and inclusive teaching.

The governors are ambitious for the school and proud of what has been achieved in recent years. We are delighted that with strong leadership and high-quality staff, Grey Court is now an over-subscribed school where increasing numbers of young people are getting top GCSEs.

The Governing Body is responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future. Governors set the school's vision and strategic aims, monitor and evaluate performance acting as a critical friend to the headteacher, and ensure the school is accountable to those it serves. The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the community, those with business or professional expertise, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff. There are five elected parent governors.

Governors welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. There are six full governing body meetings per year (please contact the school if you would like to observe). Address any letters to The Chair of Governors using the school address or



Governing Body Members



Parent Governors

Julian Knott
Stephanie Wood

Gareth Binns
Ray Ferris
Carolyn Dodds
Katherine Rosen


Community Governors

Frank Kitson (chair)
Diana Muallem (vice chair)
Liz Rowley
Jean Loveland
George Williamson

Co-opted Governors

Marijke Sketchley
Jonathan Melunsky
Helen Beedham

Local Authority Governor


Associate Governor


Maggie Bailey



Clerk to the Governing Body

Siriol Davies

Governor Biographies

Frank Kitson

Leadership, Management & Resources Committee and chair of the Student Behaviour & Safety Committee.
I have been a governor for since 2005, eight of these as chair. I am a community governor.
I am a civil servant working in the Department for Work and Pensions. Prior to this I spent eight years at the Teacher Training Agency.
Both my sons were educated at Grey Court. They went on to sixth form college, one at Richmond and the other at Esher, and then university in Leeds and Manchester.

This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity in education nationally and locally. The fantastic progress of the school in recent years means we have the capacity and strength to make bold improvements to the education and happiness of our young people and local community.


Stephanie Wood

Vice-chair of the Student Behaviour & Safety Committee.
Parent Governor since 2011.  
I am Founder/Director of School Food Matters, a local charity campaigning for fresh sustainable food in schools and promoting food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms.

My daughter started at Grey Court in 2010 with her brother joining her in 2014.  My vision for Grey Court is for it to be known as a school with great ambitions for its students and teachers.  It will continue to offer outstanding provision and have bold ideas to ensure that every child that passes through its gates reaches their full potential.  It will be a school at the heart of its community with the truly unique addition of a working farm with the school grounds.

Diana Muallem

Leadership, Management & Resources Committee and chair of the Teaching, Quality & Achievement Committee
I have been a governor since 2004. I am a community governor.
I have been a self-employed education consultant since 2004. Prior to that I was a senior manager in a major awarding body and before that a languages teacher in two inner London comprehensive schools.
I live in the borough and have also taught at Richmond upon Thames college. I was a Russian teacher at Grey Court early in my career.

It is a time of rapid change both nationally and locally with greater independence for schools and the introduction of sixth forms across the borough. Grey Court has been well placed to manage these changes and further develop high quality provision for young people in the area while at the same time consolidating its reputation as a hub for the local community.


George Williamson

Chair of the Leadership, Management & Resources committee.
I have been a governor at Grey Court since 2011.
I am a diplomat working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I have also spent time working in foreign policy think-tanks, as well as teaching at Oxford University. 

I am resident in Richmond and believe that we all deserve excellent state schools. My vision for Grey Court: an excellent school, meeting the needs of all its pupils!


Gareth Binns

Teaching Quality & Achievement Committee.

I have developed and led learning programmes for more than 30 years, in organisations such as the National Trust, the British Museum, NESTA and The Sorrell Foundation. I’m Chief Executive at the Institute of Imagination – a new project in London for children and families to champion the power of the imagination, creativity and making. I’m a trustee of The Art Room, a charity working in schools to support pupils experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties, and a director of Pop Up Parks, a social enterprise creating play spaces in neglected urban settings for children and families. I live in north Kingston, have a son in Yr 8 and have been a local primary school governor.


In a rapidly changing world, our children need to experience a blend of support and challenge to acquire skills and grow their own emotional resilience so that they can embrace the new and unknown in life. I see this in spades at Grey Court, as well as a commitment to finding pupils’ passions in whatever area of endeavour they may choose. I want to help support that more in the future. 


Julian Knott

Vice Chair of Leadership, Management & Resources committee.

I have two daughters at Grey Court and my son is in Year 6 at Fern Hill school.  My wife Jane is a School Business Manager at a local secondary school.
I am MD and founder of AQADA Ltd - a performance improvement and change management company. I am also a director of Callisto (CGTA), a training organisation, and Hubbster UK, a branding organisation. 
In addition to being a Grey Court governor, I serve on a variety of charitable, non executive and governor boards, including Inspire Hounslow a young people focused charity. I am chair of Teddington mini rugby and a coach at Kingston Little League Football.  Previously I sat on boards of Shared Horizons; Womenaid; Blue Sky; and was Chair of Fern Hill school. 
Recently I have advised charities such as Victim Support, Help the Hospices, VSO and Marie Curie, on modernisation strategies to meet the demands of the competitive commissioning environment, while maintaining organisational values and vision. 
My background encompasses the travel and tourism industry, environmental / home services and civil engineering services as well as charities and public sector. I have travelled widely on leisure and business and have extensive knowledge of cross cultural, global markets including: Middle East, China, India, Far East and Australasia, US and Europe. 
I have served on Boards and held director level responsibility in operational, sales & marketing and CRM roles for major global corporations.  I was also Commercial Director with CIP – a charity / social enterprise – providing Local Government community services.

Elizabeth Rowley

Vice Chair Teaching Quality & Achievement Committee.
Parent Governor from 1993 and now Community Governor. I have also been a governor at Richmond upon Thames College.
I work as a qualified Careers/Connexions Adviser in Hounslow.  I am also a trustee with Richmond Music Trust and I am a member of Richmond SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education).I had four children go through Grey Court, who went on to Richmond College and then to university.

I want to see Grey Court move into the next phase of being an Academy and providing brilliant educational opportunities from year 7 through to the Sixth form, in a way that allows children to feel challenged and rewarded during their time at school.

Jonathan Melunsky

Leadership, Management & Resources Committee
Co-opted governor from 2012.
I am the Finance & Operations Director for a UK-based software and services organisation. We undertake complex global projects for blue-chip clients. I hold degrees from South African and UK universities, to PhD level.
No direct personal links with Grey Court. I have lived in Teddington for 20+ years, and have a strong interest in education. I have 2 daughters, currently in A level and university.
I wish to contribute towards improved educational standards, resulting in confident, happier and more rounded children.

Jean Loveland

Student Behaviour & Safety Committee

Community governor from 2011.  Involved with the Grey Court Community Allotment since it started in 2009. Ward councillor from 2014.

I run a gardening project for a local charity. The project tends gardens for disabled and older people and is delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers.  I also work with a group of young adults from the Transition sector giving them gardening skills. Previously I worked in the City of London running a high profile Business Travel account.
I live in Ham Close and wanted to get involved to help mentor young students.
The school and students are part of the community and I believe they should be viewed for what they contribute to the community.  

As a Community governor I view my role as a link between the two.  Importantly, by involving the students in community projects that  will be so powerful visually and prove to be a lasting legacy for us all. 


Marijke Sketchley

Student Behaviour & Safety Committee
Co-opted governor from 2012.
I am an educational psychologist. I have a private practice at my home in Petersham.  I assess children and young adults with a broad range of specific learning difficulties (e.g Dyslexia; Dyspraxia; attention issues and social communications) and linked emotional well-being, from within the independent and state sector.  I have also worked as a study support teacher for several years in independent secondary education.  Aside from professionally having an interest in education, I live round the corner and very much have enjoyed getting more involved in a local secondary school and give something back to my local community.  Also I am very excited about the positive changes and progress at Grey Court.  My vision for Grey Court is to provide excellent teaching in a stimulating and safe academic environment that can inspire children and families both in the local community, and nationally, to want to learn, to experience success and aspire to great things.


Katherine Rosen

I live locally in Ham and have 3 children – my eldest daughter is in year 7 at Grey Court, the middle one is at The Russell Primary and the youngest still a baby. I have been working for the environmental and non-profit sector for almost 20 years. Currently I am the CEO of a charity, called The Orchard Project. We are a national charity that inspires and trains communities, including schools, to create, restore and maintain community orchards for the benefit of people, communities and the environment. Previously I have managed training programmes to encourage women’s representation in governance.
My partner Ken MacKenzie is also heavily involved in helping create the Grey Court Farm. The next stage will be establishing a barn
I think Ham is a wonderful community and see Grey Court School as an integral part of this. I have become a governor to make a positive difference to the school and help ensure all students have a rewarding and happy school career.



Parent governor since 2017

I have a son at Grey Court and a daughter at Meadlands Primary School where I am also a governor. As a governor I have experience with Pupil Premium funding – helping to ensure that the funding is effective in closing the gap between disadvantaged students and other students.

I have a professional background in Information Architecture (organising information on websites) and I am currently a freelance proofreader and copy editor.

As an outstanding school, Grey Court needs to ensure its performance can be maintained in challenging financial times and that it can also continue to innovate. I will work towards these goals as a Grey Court governor as I am passionate about education being the best tool to prepare young people for the future.


Helen beedham

Teaching, Quality and Achievement Committee.

Co-opted governor from 2014 

I recently retired from a career in education.  For 20 years I taught at the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton where I was both Head of Science and Assistant Director of Studies.  I have many years’ experience of teaching A level and helping students with their UCAS applications.

I have lived in Petersham for over 35 years and know many families whose children have attended Grey Court.

This is an exciting time for Grey Court with both the opening of the Sixth Form in 2014 and the impending move of Strathmore on to the Grey Court site.   My vision for Grey Court is to see the school build on its already Outstanding status and ensure that all students not only achieve their potential academically but also contribute fully to their local community.


Teaching Quality & Achievement Committee.

I have worked in education for over twenty years and I am currently the Vice Principal at a large sixth form college in east London. I have extensive experience of curriculum development and school improvement. With so much change taking place in education at the moment I think it is vital that we focus on maintaining or developing outstanding provision across both our 11-16 and 16-18 age groups.

I am a parent governor with a child at Grey Court and a local resident. I was also a parent governor at my child’s primary school and chaired the Curriculum & Quality committee. I am committed to the school’s goals of striving for excellence while remaining inclusive.