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Interested in becoming a Governor?

Schools are run by a governing body working with the headteacher and senior management team to ensure pupils get a good education. Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to our school and learning new skills.


For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the position and details of how to become a school governor, please view the link below.


Members of the Governing Body for 2017/18 are:


Janet Bennett - Chair of Governing Body Dr J Bennett (Chair) - Local Authority Governor

Appointed by Local Authority - Term of Office Started: 1 September 2015 and Ends: 31 August 2019


I was first a Governor at Church Aston School in 1981 - 1989 when my two daughters were pupils at the School. From 1989 – 1997 I was a Parent Governor and from 2000 – 2004 a LA Governor at Newport Girls High School. I have been an LA Governor again at Church Aston School since September 2011. I was Vice Chair for 3 years and was appointed Chair on 4th October 2016. I am retired. I was a University Lecturer in Biochemistry for 26 years and previously I worked as a Clinical Biochemist. As a governor I try to support, assist and challenge the Headteacher and staff to provide the best possible education for the children.  


  Mrs D Christie- (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body - Term of Office Started: 23 November 2015 and Ended 9th March 2017. 


I have recently been appointed as Vice Chair of Governors and I am the link governor for Special Education Needs and Disabilities. My children now have families of their own and my grandson has started primary education this year. I currently work in further education and prior to that in both public and private sectors. My current role is that of a Manager, I do have a teaching qualification and I am a qualified HR Professional, currently studying to practice law. I believe my knowledge within education and business will enhance the operation of the school and my skills support in planning it's strategic direction.


 Mrs C Coltman - Co-opted Governor 

Appointed by Governing Body - Term of Office Started: 7 October 2014 and Ends: 6 October 2018 


I have been a governor since 2003 and at various times have served on the governing body of three primary schools in Telford and Wrekin.  I have worked in education most of my working life across all sectors.  I  was Chair of the Governing Body for a number of years and enjoyed my role and the challenges it  brought.  I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding.


 Mr W Titley - Co-opted Governor 

Appointed by Governing Body - Term of Office Started: 7 October 2014 and  Ends: 6 October 2018


I have been a Governor of Church Aston Infant School since May 2001. Our three sons all attended the School and benefited tremendously from the start provided by the School to their educational and social upbringing. I hope to maintain that caring atmosphere in a happy social environment to enhance the children's education at the School. I am a Chartered Accountant, a retired Company Director and an active member of the Church Aston and Newport communities. 


 Mr R Strafford-Piper - Parent Governor 

Appointed by Parents - Term of Office Started: 6 March 2015 and Ends: 5 March 2019


As a parent governor I am keen to support the fabulous school we have and all the hard work which is undertaken by the staff and parents. In my role of governor I am jointly responsible for helping to form the schools forward strategy and additionally to ensure that all the children realise their full potential and achieve the best possible outcomes from their time at Church Aston School. Additionally my role is to advise on how resources can be used in the most effective way and that the school provides a safe and secure environment for children and staff alike. My youngest daughter attends the school and I am genuinely delighted at the stimulating and challenging educational environment which exists at the school and I am keen to assist wherever I can.


 Mrs S Cusack (Headteacher)


I became Headteacher in September 2013. I started teaching in 1983 and have worked in schools across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire. I have had the pleasure of teaching at Church Aston Infant School since September 1995. I understand the important role that primary education plays in a child's life and am pleased for the opportunity to use my experience to help the children in this school where children learn together.


 Mrs C Reynolds - Staff Governor 

Appointed by Staff - Term of Office Started: 17 March 2017 and Ends: 16 March 2021

I have recently started working at Church Aston Infant School as our School Business Manager. My daughter currently attends the school, as did my son before her, in fact I am a former pupil myself. I am keen to support the children, parents, families, staff and everyone involved with the school to ensure it continues to be a fantastic, stimulating and safe learning environment that supports the children to achieve their best. My background is in Human Resources, in which I am professionally qualified and have 15 years’ experience.


 Parent Governor - Mrs Sarah Spiers

Appointed by Parents - Term of Office Started: 5th Dec 2017 and Ends: 5th Dec 2021

I currently have my eldest child in Year 2 at Church Aston Infant school and my youngest is due to start in Reception in 2018.

My child has had a wonderful start here and I wish to assist the school in being the best it can be. I am a Quantity Surveyor by profession and I’m keen to use my skills and experience to support and challenge the school in building on existing strengths, encouraging enhanced learning opportunities and enrichment to the curriculum, giving every child that enters Church Aston Infants school the very best start to their educational and life journey.


Co-opted Governor – Mr Steven Hodgkiss - Appointed by Governing Body - Term of Office Started: 5th Dec 2017 and Ends: 5th Dec 2021


Mrs S. Morris - Clerk to the Governing Body

Church Aston Infant School – Structure of the Governing Body Constitution

‘The DfE has published statutory guidance about the amendments to the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. The statutory guidance is called ‘The constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools’.


The amendment requires all governing bodies of local authority maintained schools to be constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations or the 2012 Federation Regulations, as appropriate, by 1 September 2015.’ (Telford and Wrekin Council 2014).


At the full governors meeting on 3 June 2014 governors approved the following constitution to be effective from 7 October 2014:


2 Parent Governors (Mr R Strafford-Piper - Vice Chair and Mrs Sarah Spiers)

1 Staff Governor (Mrs Clare Reynolds)

1 Headteacher Governor (Mrs S Cusack)

3 Community/Co-opted Governors (Mrs C Coltman, Mr W A Titley and Mr Steven Hodgkiss)

1 Local Authority Governor (Dr J Bennett - Chair)

Total: 8


The Governing Body can also include Associate Governors for when a specific skill set is required or when a project is taking place.


Disciplinary, Grievance, Employment Issues and Appeals against Disciplinary or Other Action and Review of Salaries Committee - Appointed Governors:

  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Mr W Titley
  • Mr R Strafford-Piper


Appeals Committee - Appointed Governors:

  • Chair of Governors
  • Mr W Titley
  • Vacancy


Behaviour and Exclusions Committee - Appointed Governors:

  • Chair of Governors
  • Mr W Titley
  • Mr R Strafford-Piper


Governors and Roles

Link and Special Interest Governors

  • Health and Safety  - Mr R Strafford-Piper
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Clare Reynolds
  • Governor Training – Mr R Strafford-Piper
  • Child Protection/Safeguarding/Children in LA Care(LAC)/Prevent - Catherine Coltman
  • Governor Reviewers – Headteacher’s Performance Management –  Vice-Chair of Governors, Mr W Titley and 1 vacancy.


Forthcoming Meetings

Full Governors      

  • Tuesday 3 July 2018 7:15pm
  • Tuesday 2 October 2018 7:15pm 



Register of Business Interests



Church Aston Infant School Governing Body Annual Statement 2016/2017


In 2016/2017 the Governing Body had 8 members - there was a vacancy for 1 Parent Governor and latterly 1 Co-opted Governor.


  • 1 Local Authority Governor -  Dr J Bennett (Chair)
  • 2 Parent Governors - Mr R Strafford-Piper (Vice Chair), Vacancy                          
  • 3 Co-opted Governors  - Mrs C Coltman, Mr W Titley and Mrs D Christie (until March 2017) now a vacancy.
  • 1 Staff Governor - Mrs C Reynolds (from March 2017) previously a vacancy
  • 1 Headteacher Governor - Mrs S Cusack


The full Governing Body met twice each term and operated without sub committees other than the below listed areas where a smaller group of 3 appointed Governors meet as and when required to discuss specific actions. These areas are:  


  • Appeals.
  • Behaviour and Exclusions.
  • Disciplinary, Grievance, Employment Issues and Appeals against Disciplinary or other Action and Review of Salaries Committee.


The Governing Body actively supported but also actively challenged the Headteacher acting as a critical friend. To do this it has kept informed about the performance of staff and pupils, including the quality of teaching and progress towards the priorities identified in the School Development Plan and the Ofsted Inspection. The Governing Board has monitored the School Development Plan and set objectives for the school. This has been achieved through discussion and question and answer sessions with Governors pro-actively challenging progress towards goals.


Governors have visited classrooms to gain first hand observations and feedback. Activities included book scrutiny and Pupil Voice interviews. Governors have also directly interfaced with parents to encourage feedback through Parent View and through the Parent Governor. Governors have supported the Headteacher in writing to the parents of children who frequently arrived late. The Chair of Governors attended the end of summer term parent interviews, one Governor attended the new parents meeting and a further governor worked on the information pack for distribution in September 2017.


The Headteacher submits a Termly Report prior to the full governing body meetings which enables governors to put questions to the Headteacher in advance of the meeting which are then discussed at the meeting. Close scrutiny of the data and rigorous questioning of the Headteacher gives governors a good understanding of the significance of the data and the methods used to collect the data. Through analysis of the school data governors understand how well their pupils perform when compared with pupils nationally.


The Governing Body has been effective in overseeing arrangements for relating teachers' pay to performance. They have a good understanding of how the school uses its resources including the effective use and impact of pupil premium funding.


Governors have worked through, evaluated and reviewed the existing policies and discussed and approved updates, modifications and amendments appropriate. The school policies and procedures are in general reviewed annually within a regular and reoccurring cycle if new policies are required these are drawn up and approved and reviewed. Governors therefore seek to ensure that the school complied with all legal requirements as well as providing procedures to support all aspects of school life. Governors have worked carefully and consistently to ensure that safeguarding policies and practices are rigorous and meet national standards.


The Governing Body has overseen the School finances and attends to budgetary matters at every governors meeting. It works to evaluate the data presented in the Headteacher’s report and at least one member of the Governing board plus the Headteacher attends regular finance meetings with the local authority representative. An additional Governor meeting was convened in March 2017 to sign off the 2017/18 Budget. The governing body ensures that all money and Pupil Premium Grants are spent appropriately and effectively for the benefit of the pupils. In particular this year the Governors have approved spending on, enhanced Teaching Assistant provision, new interactive whiteboards and a new classroom heater.


This year the Health and Safety audit was redesigned by the local authority and a lot of work was done by the Headteacher supported by the Governors in updating and adding to the health and safety procedures. A meeting was held with Governors present with the local authority representative to review the outcome of the audit. A written Health and Safety report is submitted to the Governing body at each meeting (6 times a year) by the Governor focussing on those matters. The Fire Policy and Evacuation plans have been reviewed and updated with recent revised guidance. Health and Safety tours are regularly undertaken jointly by a governor representative and the Headteacher to pro-actively identify areas which can be enhanced and improved.


Three governors and the School Improvement Partner met during July 2017 to review the Headteacher's performance in meeting objectives set. They made recommendations on pay and training and agreed objectives for the next year.


Governors have attended training sessions throughout 2016/2017 gaining information in specific areas including safer recruitment, Ofsted readiness, Safeguarding, Prevent Strategy and Child Protection. All Governors have in the recent past completed Safeguarding and Prevent training. This ensures Governors have up to date knowledge which enables them to fulfil their statutory duties and their role in supporting while challenging the school.