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.

Dr Stephen Tyler

Steve has worked with children and young people with autism for much of his career. Until recently, he was a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he was programme leader for courses in autism spectrum conditions. He continues to work at MMU as an associate lecturer. In addition, Steve is autism consultant for the Together Trust Previously, he was for eighteen years principal of a specialist school for children and young people with ASC and he was also a member of the NAS Accreditation Programme’s Standards Body. His career has included being a Research Fellow at Keele University, an early years teacher, and an educational psychologist. His current interests include the education of young people with ASC and work with their families.


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.