Governing Body

The Governing Body's vision for the school can be read here: Our Vision and Values

The latest Report of the Trustees and Financial Statement is available on the Palladian Academy Trust website.

Ralph Allen School Governing Body Terms of Reference

A record of governors' business interests can be found here: Register of governors' business interests 2019-20

A record of governors' attendance at meetings for the year 2018-19 can be found here: Governors' attendance

Terms of office for all governors can be found here: Governors' Terms of Office

If you wish to get in touch with the Governing Body at any time, please contact Susie Wright, Chair of Governors ( or Deb Clayton, Clerk to Governors (

  • Susie Wright (Chair)
  • Andy Greenhough (Headteacher)
  • Niki Jewett (Joint Vice-Chair)
  • Steve Casemore (Joint Vice-Chair)
  • Julia Garratt
  • Rod Davies
  • Suzy Lovegrove
  • Beryl Maddison
  • Scott Murray
  • Alkis Petmezas 
  • Sarah Thompson
  • Mark Daniell



Susie Wright, Chair of Governing Body (Parent Governor)

I work as a communications consultant and coach. I believe that communicating well is a key element in a school doing its job excellently. Ralph Allen is a very good school with an ethos and approach that I support and believe in. I became a governor to use my skills and experience to help the school communicate as clearly and effectively as possible, both internally and externally.

Areas of responsibility include: Strategic communications - including two-way communication with students, staff and parents


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Andy Greenhough (Headteacher)
I became Headteacher of Ralph Allen School on 1 January 2018.

I was previously Vice Principal at the school where I have worked since September 2012.  A Yorkshireman, I have a BSc in Physics from Nottingham University, PGCE from Nottingham Trent University, and a Masters in Leadership in Education from Nottingham University.  As well as Ralph Allen School, I have taught at William Sharp School and been Assistant Principal at Nottingham University Samworth Academy.

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Niki Jewett, Vice-Chair (Community Governor)
I have been a parent for 19 years. It has been an incredible journey for me and I have loved participating in my children's learning during this time. When my oldest son started at Ralph Allen I didn't want to assume that this participation would come to an end, as the evidence shows, when parents are involved in their children's learning, this leads to better outcomes for everyone. Being a governor has given me great insight into what an incredible, complex and caring organisation a secondary school is. Being able to support Ralph Allen by being on the governing body continues to be a pleasure and a privilege.

Over the last 6 years of being a governor I have been involved in starting and running Parent Circle and the Garden Volunteer Group. I have really enjoyed helping to support and connect some of the different stake holders within the school community.

Areas of responsibility include: Creativity, Parental engagement.

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Steve Casemore (Parent Governor)
I have three children, two at university and one making her way through Ralph Allen and enjoying every step.  As a parent I have learnt that successful schools listen to and respond to their student’s ideas, concerns and needs.  In my role as parent governor I will do my best to ensure that the ‘student’s voice’ is heard when making decisions.  I will use the professional skills I have developed through a career in Finance (in both the private and not-for-profit sectors) to help the school make best use of finite resources.

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Dr Julia Garratt  (Community Governor)
When I retired from my post as Principal Lecturer at Bath Spa University I wished to continue my involvement in education. I hoped my experience would be useful to a secondary school and was pleased to be appointed as a governor at Ralph Allen, a co-educational comprehensive whose ethos and achievements I respected.

I have particular interests in: developing collaborations between schools and with higher education; staff development and peer support; learning, teaching and the curriculum and enabling students of all abilities to succeed in fulfilling their potential.

Areas of responsibility include: Chair of Pay and Staffing Committee

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Suzy Lovegrove (Parent Governor)
I have been a governor at Ralph Allen School for several years. I think that I have joined the team at an exciting phase in the life of the school. I am looking forward to contributing in all the ways that I can. I have one child at the school. My background is in project management with a focus on team leadership and facilitating change. I have a BA honours degree in Art History and a graduate diploma in change Agent Skills and Strategies.

Since having my son I have established a practice teaching the Lotte Berk Method. This is an exercise approach that is a combination of ballet and yoga. I also teach yoga and meditation. The thread that runs through all my work is to facilitate people to achieve a better balance in their lives. 

Areas of responsibility include: Governor Development

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Beryl Maddison (Community Governor)
I studied Law at Nottingham University, having had an excellent state school education. I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1986 and although not a Bathonian have lived in the area for almost all my working life. I love the city and the many opportunities for life enrichment it offers to us all. 

I was previously a parent governor from September 2013, having selected Ralph Allen for my daughter as I wanted her to attend a really good co-educational school. Every child deserves the best education we can provide with teaching staff of the highest calibre to enable them to fulfill their potential and extend their horizons.  I hope that my skills will help Ralph Allen provide the best facilities to educate our children. 

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Scott Murray (Parent Governor)
I have extensive knowledge, skills and experience working in the public sector. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) and am a qualified commercial practitioner; securing best value for money from the supply chain. In times of Government austerity whereby more for less is the constant I have worked with industry partners and delivered significant efficiencies through smarter ways of working and performance management of the supplier base. I have worked previously with the Princes Trust and Raleigh International, helping children from underprivileged backgrounds to develop sustainable life skills whilst also developing leadership capabilities within the MOD workforce. I act with high degree of integrity, core values and am open, honest and caring. I believe this mix of hard and soft skills / attributes places me nicely to support Ralph Allen and its vision.

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My wife and I have found Bath a wonderful place to bring up our three children (born in 1996, 1999 and 2000). I strongly believe that raising a child is a communal effort and being a governor is part of my commitment to contributing more to the local community.

I have run a local small business since 1995 and been a governor at Ralph Allen School since 2007.

I have a great deal of respect for those who go into teaching and would like to support them in making the education available at Ralph Allen the best it can be.

Areas of responsibility include: Admissions and attendance, Behaviour and wellbeing, Environment and energy

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Sarah Thompson (Staff Governor)
I have worked at Ralph Allen School in the Finance Team since 2008 recently taking on the role of Finance and Facilities Manager. Before that I have 8 years’ experience in two other schools at both primary and secondary level. I have also completed the Diploma in school Business Management during this time.

I have three children who have just been through secondary school and are currently at University and in an apprenticeship. I hope to make a valuable contribution to the school. I thoroughly enjoy working at Ralph Allen School and am fully committed to its continuing success.

Areas of responsibility include: Student voice link re Campus projects. 

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Rod Davies (Community Governor)

As a new recruit to the Governing body I hope my experience as a Headteacher and educational consultant in the field of Special Educational Needs will add to the already extensive skills set of the team. I have particular interests in all aspects of additional learning needs, behaviour management, and staff and student wellbeing.

I have a long-established link with France and would be keen to explore how this might possibly benefit staff and students at Ralph Allen School.


Mark Daniell (Staff Governor)

I have been teaching English for 11 years. Before I came to Ralph Allen I worked in Bristol and took up roles such as Head of Key Stage Three and Literacy Co-ordinator. Having worked at Ralph Allen for six years now I can say it is a dream job. The inclusive and supportive ethos that the school promotes shines through in everything we do. My secondary role at Ralph Allen is with the sixth form team as UCAS co-ordinator, a hugely rewarding role, providing young people with the tools to find their dream course at university. In addition to this I am responsible for trainee teachers in the English Department.