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Aston by Sutton Governors



At Aston by Sutton, our governing board are committed to continual improvement, raising standards and offering challenge where appropriate.

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in our school.  It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors  set the aims and objectives for the school  and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Governors and trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

Governors and trustees should also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.

At Aston by Sutton, to grow and strengthen our ability to become more effective in our role as governors, we have particiapted in the Governor accrediatation programme (GAP), with most governors attaining level 1, foundations of good govrnance,and level 2 Accredited governance. 

We have taken part in the Shaping governance programme. All of these have had a big impact on who we are and what we do.  All our training has provided us with informative and intuitive guidance to shape our annual governor action plan.

This year we have had a National Governance Review to grow as governors and ensure that we are fulfilling our roles. 


Our Structure is as follows:

Three full governing board meetings a year, one per term and six committee meetings a year, two per term.  These meetings are statutory.

The two Committees are Resources and Curriculum.  All governors sit on both committees due to the size of our board.   These meetings are not statutory, but none the less are well attended. 

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