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. 



The Governance Structure is divided into three layers: Trust, Board and Local Governing Body.


The Trust

The Trust will always have a minimum of 3 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 directors, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the Trust has a majority of independent members.


To see a list of the Trust’s members please click here. 


The Board of Directors

The board of directors have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The board consists of at least 9 directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the members.  The directors are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership team, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.

The board of directors has established two sub-committees, namely The Audit and Risk Committee and The Policy Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference. 

To meet the directors please click here. 


The Local Governing Body

The board of directors has made the decision to establish a Local Governing Body (LGB) at each academy within the Trust.  A Local Governing Body (LGB) has therefore been established for Granville Academy. The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities.  They play a support & challenge role and will hold senior leaders to account for the academic performance and quality of care and provision for this academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the board of directors in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.  Such decisions will include seeking value for money and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately at academy level.  They will also support the board in relation to the proper use of funds and delivering high quality education provision. 

The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference.

Our Chair of Governors is Kim Geering and she can be contacted via 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 Poulson, who can be contacted by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




 Ex-Officio Governor

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

  Jo Kingswood


Attendance for 2016/17:

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None 


Bio: I have worked as a teacher since 1987 and have a wide range of experience prior to being appointed as Principal at Granville. I worked as Deputy Head at Lees Brook School for 25 years in charge of behaviour and pastoral care before moving to overall responsibility for teaching and learning.



Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the board of directors.  Their term of office is 4 years.


Kim Geering - Chair of Governors

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 2/2

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Spouse of Peter Geering 

Bio: I am 47 years old, married to Peter, and have a son at Granville.  

I grew up locally and attended William Allitt School, worked for British Car Auctions, Toyota and Coors for a number of years with a background in the motor industry and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration. 

After leaving the brewery in 2006 , was successful in becoming a Magistrate with the South East Staffordshire bench where I gained experience in both Adult and Family Courts.  I am now sitting on the Southern Derbyshire Bench at Derby courthouse.  I volunteered for two years as Deputy Safeguarding Manager for Staffordshire with England Rugby, gaining substantial knowledge in child welfare and protection, and currently volunteer for Citizens Advice.

I enjoy volunteering and worked in Accreditation for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the ICC Champions Trophy, ICC Women’s World Cup and London Athletics in 2017.

I served as an LEA Governor at Woodville junior school.  I was elected as Parent Governor at Granville Academy in 2016.  I am passionate about learning, and will do everything I can to support the Academy in providing a safe, nurturing environment for all students.  I am looking forward to being a champion for the views of parents, and will be supportive and proactive to help guide the continuing improvement of the Academy.



 John Ault - Vice Chair

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 8/8

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Spouse of Lynn Ault, Board Appointed Governor at Granville Academy

Bio: Three years ago I joined Granville Sports College (as it was then) as a Co-Opted Governor, at the time when our Head Teacher was taking on the enormous challenge of improving the outcomes of the school and developing a long-term plan.

Being a Governor is a journey, during which you learn how an Academy is run on a day-to-day and long term basis, and how you can bring your personal skills to meetings to help, challenge and support all children, the staff and the Academy ethos.  Playing a part in the decision-making process and being aware of the commitment of staff, both to the students and the learning environment, is very rewarding.

The Academy’s Governors work closely with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team to help to ensure the continued success of Granville Academy. There are very exciting times ahead: the Academy is going from strength to strength and I am proud to play my part in providing effective challenge, and in helping to pave the best way forward for the students and the staff.

 A quote from John Nash (Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Schools):

 “Governing boards… are the vision setters and strategic decision makers for their schools. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education that takes every child as far as their talents allow.”

An Academy Governor’s role is beneficial to both the Academy and the Governor. I believe that we all have the qualities to be an Academy Governor and to play our part in achieving the best outcomes for our students.


  Lyn Ault 

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 7/7

Committee Membership: Pay Committee

Register of Interests: Spouse of John Ault, Board Appointed Governor at Granville Academy

Bio: Having lived in South Derbyshire all my life I have a keen interest in the future of our young people which is why I joined the Governing Body 5 years ago.

My son and daughter both attended the Academy, leaving with excellent qualifications alongside a broad and balanced outlook on life.  As a Governor, I enjoy helping to maintain and develop the future education of our students ensuring that they have strong foundations both academically and as individuals. 

I have worked in Primary Education for many years and feel privileged to be able to contribute to secondary education too.  In recent years the Academy has been on a journey, driving to improve outcomes for our students, I believe in supporting our students education, we are helping to build their success.


 David Gaskin

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 8/8

Committee Membership: Pay Committee

Register of Interests: None 


Bio:  I joined as a Parent Governor at Granville 3 years ago before becoming a Co-opted Governor and have been Chair for the last year. I am married with two sons who have now left Granville. My wife and I also attended Granville (where we first met.) The Academy is in our local community and we want it to provide the best opportunity of success for our local children. I work in Derby for Davlyn Construction Ltd, a medium sized local construction company specialising in commercial projects across the country. I hope that my business background has offered, and will continue to offer, a useful perspective to the work the Governing Body at Granville undertake. 



Declan Royston-Webb

Appointed: 15 May 2018 

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests:  None 

Bio: Awaiting information 



Parent Governors

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


  Peter Geering

Appointed: 5 March 2018 


Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Spouse of Kim Geering  


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.


Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected 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. 


  Sarah Hewart 

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 3/3

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 Governor

The governors listed above may co-opt up to [three (primaries)/four (secondaries)] further governors to the Local Governing Body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making the governors even more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years. 


  Malcolm Gee

Appointed: 1 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 5/8

Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: Chairman at Woodville Parish Council. Owner of a private hire vehicle company providing taxi service for Pingle Academy. 

Bio: Having been a Governor at Granville for a number of years, serving 4 years as Chair, I now feel the journey we are on is heading forward and very positive, being at the low end and now reaching out for better than good results the hard work and commitment from the Principal, the senior leadership team, the staff and the amazing students.

My link at the Academy is safeguarding, link to P E and student wellbeing. I have attended many open evenings and events experiencing the Year 7 students growing and maturing into adults an enjoyable journey.

In the local community of Woodville I have served as a parish councillor for 17 years the latter 5 serving as Chair, this role has allowed me to meet a vast array of people helping to understand what has to be done during these difficult times that we are all experiencing, Granville being a focal point.

Driving the Academy minibus, attending Academy visits, home and abroad have been an exciting fact on my CV, the de Ferres Academy that we are now a part of is the route to greater success for all involved and I am proud to be a part of it.



  Michelle Hurley 

Appointed: 18 September 2017

Attendance for 2016/17: 5/8

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. 


  Chris Wayment (resigned)

Appointed: 11 September 2017

Resigned: February 2018 


Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None 

  Karen Mitchell (resigned)

Appointed: September 2017

Resigned: October 2017 


Committee Membership: None 

Register of Interests: None 

All documents mentioned can be found below. 

To access the Annual Report and Financial Statements please click here.

Articles of Association 

Master Funding Agreement 

Supplementary Funding Agreement 

Terms of Reference for the LGB 

Terms of Reference for the Audit and Risk Committee 

Terms of Reference for the Pay Committee

Terms of Reference for the Policy 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.

01283 216765 


Principal: Jo Kingswood 

Chair of Governors: David Gaskin 

SENCO: Steph Smith