Meet the Governors

Laura Rhodes

My name is Laura Rhodes and I have been a Parent Governor at Grange for 7 years, not long after my son began his school life here. I have been Chair of the Governing Body for the past 5 years - a role which I have enjoyed immensely.

I became a Governor as my son began his education in a mainstream school which was a complete disaster and I wanted to make a difference to families like mine. 

I serve on the Resources Committee and have also been involved with the Teaching and Learning Committee.

I also run the Parent and Carer Support Group held here at Grange. I firmly believe that we can support each other, no matter what our backgrounds are, to offer advice and to laugh along the way.

I believe wholeheartedly in Grange School, it's values, staff and most importantly it's pupils. I'm very proud to be a Governor here and I look forward to watching Grange and its pupils grow. 

Julian Beach

 I am on the governing body as a local authority representative, although I am not employed by the Council. My background is in adult services for people with learning disabilities and autism, and I have particular expertise in finance and in developing residential provision. At Grange, I am Chair of the Finance Committee and I am on the Residential Project Group. I am particularly interested in the transition from education to adult services and ensuring that pupils leave school prepared for their adult life. As a Local Authority Governor, I also bring the wider perspective of what is happening to education in Manchester and where Grange School fits in. I believe that Grange is a fantastic resource and I am looking forward to supporting the school to offer high quality support to pupils and parents outside of normal school hours as well as being an excellent learning environment.


I am a member of the Governing Body having joined in the last term of the previous school year as a Parent Governor.

I have a son in year 7 and am currently employed by Rodney House School.


I have been a Governor at Grange School for over two years. I have served on the Resources Committee.

I have a diagnosis of Autism.


I am a Co-Opted Governor having previously held the title of Parent Governor.

I have a son in year 11.


My name is Sam Ashworth and I am a Police Community Support Officer for Greater Manchester Police.

I am a new member of the Governing Body and I am looking forward to the challenges this may bring and getting to know the school and staff better.

I have worked in the local area for approximately 10 years and know the community very well. I am a familiar face to many of the children already and look forward to taking part in class room discussion and getting more involved supporting the school where I can.


I  am delighted to take up my first Governors role at Grange School. I applied to be a Governor as my son started at Grange last year. I wanted to get involved so I am able to represent other parents and to make sure that school provide the best possible opportunities and experiences for all the children.

I completed my education in Pakistan, my home country. I have done various courses since coming to the U.K. To improve my personal and employment skills I have undertaken various volunteering roles namely the in the Adult Learning Centre, The National Football Museum and in the Adult Community Centre. 

I hope that my experiences will prove useful to my role as a member of the Govening Body.