Mrs P Whyte

Community Governor


Mr C Heathcote



Miss S Mandefield

Staff Governor


Mr A Pask 

Parent Governor


Mr A Caress

Community Governor 


Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body exists for the benefit of the school and is responsible to the parents of every pupil. Our governors have a key role to play in helping Isaac Newton to provide the best possible education for all of its children. The governors work closely with the school to ensure that high standards of provision and attainment are maintained and improved.


The governors are very supportive. They give freely of their time to help improve the quality of education provided. Parents are represented on the governing body by democratically elected Parent Governors who are happy to hear your comments at any time. 


Governor Meetings

The Governors meet 4 time a year but are able to call meetings should there be important school business to discuss or exceptional circumstances.  


They can be contacted by addressing correspondence to:


Mrs J Ingle (Clerk to the Governing Body)
Isaac Newton Primary School
Dysart Road
Grantham NG31 7DG


  • Mrs Pat Whyte

    Chair and Community Governor

    Although now retired I began my teaching career in 1974 and have taught in a number of schools and in a number of roles; I am able to call on my experience as a head of a main stream school when considering areas such as the curriculum. I see it is a vital part of the role of a governor to support the head and the staff to deliver quality education to our children. I have lived in Grantham since 1987 and am an active member of Harrowby Lane Methodist Church.

  • Mr Chris Heathcote


    I’ve been teaching since 2012 and have had the pleasure of working in some fantastic schools including: Barrowby, Long Bennington and Claypole, where I held the role of Deputy Headteacher. I am very familiar with Grantham, having grown up in a small village nearby, and it’s a real privilege to be able to give something back to the community through my work in schools and now as Headteacher of Isaac Newton Primary School.

    I went into teaching because I wanted to make a difference and have always held the belief that every child has the right to a fantastic education, enriched with memorable and inspiring lessons and experiences. It’s through this that children can develop a real love of learning and can achieve more than they ever could have imagined!

    I feel truly privileged to have been given the opportunity to continue to shape Isaac Newton Primary School and I look forward to helping every child unlock their full potential and grow into unique, independent and creative thinkers.

  • Miss Sian Mandefield

    Staff Governor

    I have been a Teacher at the Isaac Newton Primary School for over 20 years. During that time, I have worked across all three Key Stages but the majority of my time has been spent in the Foundation Stage. This year I have joined the Key Stage 1 team as a Year 1 teacher.

    I joined the governing body last year as a staff governor and I hope that my teaching experience and knowledge of the school will prove useful as I work alongside the other governors to ensure the school continues to offer the best possible opportunities and experiences to all children.

  • Mr Andrew Pask

    Parent Governor

    As an RAF Aircraft Engineer of 20 years I have been happy to bring some of my military ethos and values to the board as a Parent Governor, a position I’ve held since 2015. Once with two children at the school, I have been impressed with the progress they have made which is all thanks to the tireless work of the schools excellent staff. It has been a real privilege to see the improvement that the school has made in my time and I’m certain that with the right support we can improve further still.

  • Mr Ashley Caress

    Community Governor

    I work in education and currently hold the position of Deputy Headteacher. My role includes responsibilities such as teaching and learning, curriculum offer, absence management, health and safety and working in close partnership with external professionals to ensure the very best provision for all pupils. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education. I joined the governing body last academic year as a community governor with responsibility for safeguarding and SEND. Additionally, I was involved in the interview process for both the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher positions. Also, I carried out a SATs inspection to ensure the procedure was adhered to accordingly. I am thoroughly enjoying being a member of the governing body and I am committed to working collaboratively with the team for the benefit of all pupils and the school community.