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The school is managed by a board of governors, who are the charity trustees and the directors of the company.

The governors are committed to:

  • providing value for money
  • recruitment of the best teachers
  • maintenance of the buildings and grounds to the highest possible standards of cleanliness and repair
  • developing the existing facilities
  • providing new buildings
  • keeping Stockport Grammar School at the forefront of education nationally
  • ensuring that the school is open to all who can benefit
  • a development programme which will increase funds available for bursaries and provide the new facilities required by this busy and thriving community
  • ensuring that the school should balance its traditional values with necessary innovation and development
  • providing all pupils with every opportunity to achieve all-round excellence


Mr C Dunn, can be contacted at, via the school on 0161 419 2401 or at Stockport Grammar School, Buxton Road, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7AF.

List of Board of Governors
Mr C Dunn, MA: Chairman of Governors

Christopher Dunn was appointed Chairman of Stockport Grammar School Board of Governors in July 2014.

He joined the Board as the Ephraim Hallam Educational Foundation Nominative Member in March 2012 and became a Co-Optative Member of the Governing Body in October 2013.

Chris is an Old Stopfordian (1976) and read law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge before qualifying as a solicitor. Chris is a partner in Gateley Plc specialising in Corporate Law, a former member of the Law Society Company Law Committee and former regional treasurer of the charity, Hope and Homes for Children.

Professor AJC Bloor, MA MB BChir PhD FRCP FRCPath

Adrian Bloor was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2019. He has been a Consultant Haematologist at the Christie Hospital since 2006 where he treats patients with blood cancers (leukaemia and lymphoma) and leads the Stem Cell Transplant Program. Prior to this, he undertook medical training and laboratory research at St Johns College, Cambridge and University College Hospital, London. Adrian has two children who have attended Stockport Grammar since Pre-Reception and are both currently pupils at the Senior School.

Mr N Booth, LLB (Hons) Dip Ger Law

Nigel Booth was a pupil at Stockport Grammar from age 11 to 18 in the 1980s and went on to study Law and German Law at King’s College London. He was called to the Bar in 1994 and since then has been based in Manchester. His career began in employed practice at the Crown Prosecution Service, but since 2000 he has been in independent practice at the criminal bar, in the main prosecuting and defending criminal cases and more recently appearing at inquests. He has published three legal self-help books.

Whilst remaining a member of Chambers at 9 St John Street, in September 2020 Nigel joined the University of Law in Manchester to teach the criminal part of the Bar Practice Course – skills, litigation, evidence and sentencing – to prospective barristers. He is now the Programme and Student Experience Lead for the Bar Practice Course at the Manchester campus.

Mr AP Carr, MA (Cantab)

Paul Carr was appointed Vice Chairman in October 2017. He joined the Board as the Ephraim Hallam Educational Foundation Nominative Member in October 2013.

Paul is an Old Stopfordian (1971) and read Classics and Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge before being called to the Bar. Paul was formerly Justices’ Clerk and Director of Legal Services for Essex Magistrates’ Courts before being appointed to the Bench.  He is now a judge of the Family Court.

Miss SE Carroll, BA

Sarah Carroll, OS 1981-83, has been a Governor of Stockport Grammar School since 2003 and is also a Member of the Finance Committee.

A banker by profession, Sarah has held a number of senior roles at UBS, J P Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and MUFG, including Managing Director of industrial clients.

Sarah has been included in the 2017 FT and HERoes 50 Female Champions of Women in Business List which celebrates the strides being made by women across the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Sarah is married and lives in London and East Sussex. She is also a member of the Finance Committee of Nottingham Trent University and is actively involved in a number of charitable organisations.

Mr A Gardiner, BSc (Hons), PgDip

Andrew Gardiner was appointed to the Board as a Co-optative Governor in April 2019 and is a Member of the Building Committee.

An Old Stopfordian (1977-1984), he read Geography at the University of Birmingham gaining a BSc (Hons) followed by a PgDip in Property Management and Valuation at Sheffield Hallam University. Andrew is a commercial property surveyor and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Andrew is a Trustee of Norfox, a property industry based charity which raises money for various small children’s charities across the North West and has been the Chairman of the Office Agents Society (NW) since 2000.

Mrs S Lansbury, LLB

Samantha Lansbury was appointed to the Board of Governors of Stockport Grammar School in 2011. She is a member of the Management Committee and External Relations Committee. Samantha is a solicitor and held a partnership in private practice before becoming a Head of Legal in industry. She is married to an Old Stopfordian (1988) and had two children at the school.

Mr JMR Lee, BA, MBA, DipM, MSt

Jonathan Lee was appointed to the Board as a Co-optative Governor in October 2016. Jonathan is Chairman of the Building Committee and a Member of the Finance Committee.

An OS (1976-1983), he read geography and then gained an MBA at Hatfield College, Durham, followed by a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. A keen advocate of lifelong learning, in 2017 he completed an MSt in Building History at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Jonathan worked for international telecommunications companies and investment banks before setting up a number of privately owned sales and marketing consultancies and property businesses. He has trusteeships with the Hatfield Trust, the Postcode Culture and Equality Trusts and the Construction History Society, where he is Honorary Treasurer. Jonathan is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.

Mr J Mason, LLb (Hons), PGDip

Raised and resident in Stockport, Jon studied law at Lancaster University and Nancy 2 University in France. A practising solicitor specialising in property development, he is a partner in a national commercial law firm.

Jon is also a member of World Para Athletics’ international panel refereeing track and field athletics in the UK and around the world both for able bodied athletes and athletes with a disability.

His son is a current pupil in the Senior School.


Lucy Mather, OS 1991, was appointed a Governor in December 2019.

Lucy works as portfolio G.P in North Manchester. In addition to her clinical role Lucy is a Clinical Lead (Education) for IRIS Manchester (General Practice Domestic Abuse Service), a Clinical Lead for NHGPPO and a G.P Appraiser for Greater Manchester Area Team. Lucy is also a Medical Member of the Social Entitlement Chamber.

Lucy has two children at Stockport Grammar.

Mrs CS Muscutt, BA

Chris Muscutt joined the Board as the Teaching Staff Nominative Governor in March 2017.

Chris studied German and French at Sheffield University. She was appointed to the teaching staff in 1982 and became Head of German in 1987.

During her time at the school she was Head of Vernon House, ran many of the outdoors trips and was Chair of the Staff Common Room.  She stepped down as Head of Department in 2011 and took on the newly created role of Co-Curricular Co-ordinator.  She retired in 2016.

Mr JA Shackleton, MA

John Shackleton was appointed to the Board as the Old Stopfordians’ Association Nominative Governor in December 2015.

John spent four years at Loughborough Colleges/University before returning to Stockport Grammar School in 1977 as a member of the staff in the Senior School.  John became Deputy Head at Newcastle Preparatory School in the early 1990s and following that has been appointed Headmaster of four independent preparatory schools; Royal Grammar Junior School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Fettes College Preparatory School in Edinburgh, King Henry VIII Junior School in Coventry and Hallfield School in Birmingham.

John was a member of the athletics squad at Loughborough in the Mid 1970s and was selected for Great Britain.  John played lacrosse for the Old Stopfordians and represented England on occasions between 1978 and 1992.

Mr AC Simpson, BSc, ACA

Adrian Simpson was appointed to the Board of Governors as a Co-optative member in March 2015. He is member of the Finance Committee.

Adrian read accountancy and law at the University of Southampton. He is a Chartered Accountant who trained with KPMG. Adrian is the Finance Director of a local construction company.

His daughter, Laura, is a former pupil who started in the junior school reception class. A leaver in 2011, she is now a doctor.