Governance & Funding

Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Trust itself and of the schools individually and collectively. Please click here to see our Governance Structure. 



The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the body to whom schools are directly accountable. It delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Board/Body (LGB) or School Improvement Board (SIB) according to the Scheme of Delegation.


The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as private sector professionals with a wide range of commercial experience and expertise. In keeping with our vision we also place an emphasis on attracting Trustees who have backgrounds and networks in Sport and the Arts. The Board acts as guardian to the Trust vision, and ensures that progress towards its fulfilment is underpinned with the highest standards of compliance with our regulators so that public funding is very well-used.


Serving as a governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e. once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each governor’s skills and the needs of the school.


The role is very different from that of a governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to evidence the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the pupils they serve.


The Trust is responsible for the appointment, performance management and professional development of the Heads, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and evidencing the impact that the Head and governors are making through their termly meetings. Through their work in and for the school, governors come to know the school community and to be well-informed about its performance, able to talk about it confidently and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.


We very much appreciate the work that governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust. We hope that governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives and their individual experience of the living reality of the GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.


The Perry Wood Governing Board is:

Suzanne Beston

Helen Davis

Alan Fradley

Helen Manners

Mike McCreedy

Tom Piotrowski

Alison Ramsay



Suzanne Beston – Head of Perry Wood

Suzanne has been teaching for 22 years in the primary sector. She has worked predominately in Sandwell, only recently relocating to Worcestershire. Suzanne has taught in 4 schools and has been a subject leader in many areas, ranging from DT, Maths, ICT and RE. She rapidly became a member of the senior leadership team taking a more active role in whole school initiatives. Assessment, attendance and parental engagement have been key areas that she has improved over the years. Mathematics has been her strength and she was a leading maths teacher in Sandwell for many years. Suzanne has been a Deputy Head Teacher for 10 years in 2 schools. Her passion is to engage pupils in active learning; designing curriculums that are inspiring and purposeful and finding ways to involve parents further in their child’s learning. Suzanne was a keen sportswoman in her younger days, in which she played in her school netball team and was a competitive swimmer. She values the importance of finding each child’s talents, seeking to create a school environment where pupil talents are celebrated and recognised alongside core curriculum subject talents. Suzanne is a strong believer in growing the talents of her own team to ensure everyone is reaching their true potential.


Helen Davis – Parent Governor

Helen is a mum of 1 child currently at Perry Wood. Helen’s career is over 15 years working in a learning and development role. Learning and development is all about giving someone the chase to be the best they possible can be. Helens current role is heading up the Apprenticeship academy looking after the quality and audit for learners, ESFA and Ofsted. Helen is looking forward to be able to pass on experience gained in business to help and support the school to give children the best possible education and start in life.


Alan Fradley – Parent Governor | Finance & HR

Alan is the father of 2 children currently at Perry Wood.  He has been a parent governor for 2 years starting in the autumn term of 2014. As a Governor he believes it is his duty to guide and support the school in their decision making process as well as represent parents to ensure all children receive an outstanding education. He is currently working for the energy company Npower.  Alan has been able to watch the proud traditions and wide horizons of Perry Wood improve over the past few years with an ever increasing curriculum. In his spare time, Alan loves sport, especially football in which he is a qualified FA Level 1 coach and runs a local U 9’s football team.  He provides regular challenge to the school and is a keen problem solver.


Helen Manners – Staff Governor

Helen became a teacher governor a year ago to support the school and governing body in moving the school forward. As a teacher governor she is involved in putting the teachers and other staffs views forward to support the growth of the school, as well as feeding back important information to the staff team. Helen shares developments from curriculum areas and achievement from staff and pupils to the governor body.


Mike McCreedy – Chair | Safeguarding

Mike McCreedy has a career which includes over 30 years of public sector experience. In addition to this Mike has held key roles at the Commission for Racial Equality and the BIG Lottery Fund. Mike is now retired and is currently a governor at a number of local schools. Mike is dedicated to the GST vision and values and has been on the Board of Trustees since June 2014.


Tom Piotrowski – Community Governor

Tom currently works for Fortis Living, a major housing association in the West Midlands. In his role there he looks after the Diversity and Inclusion agenda, both in how the organisation provides its services to nearly 16000 of its customers but also when it comes to creating a genuinely inclusive workplace. Tom’s career includes business development and project management roles with charities and local government. He also worked in construction business and health and social care business. Tom is passionate about making sure that Worcester continues to be a great place to live and work in. He sees a great opportunity for Perry Wood to play its active part in community development and is keen on supporting students and their parents in realising their aspirations. In his spare time Tom enjoys cycling, reading and travel.


Alison Ramsay – School Lead

Alison has been teaching for 25 years in a range of schools; her leadership experience includes Deputy Headship in 3 schools and Executive Head of another Griffin School. Alison is dedicated to raising ambition in all its forms, especially for disadvantaged students and, being a linguist, is passionate about opening up the world to students. In her spare time Alison enjoys taking part in gym classes, from boxing to yoga, walking with her dog, watching French serials and spending time with her extended family.


Mandy Lloyd – Clerk



Supplemental Funding Agreement

GST Memorandum of Association

GST Articles of Association

Griffin Schools Trust latest Annual Report and Financial Statements

Governor’s Register of Business Interest 2018/19

Governor’s Attendance 2017/18