Ad Astra Academy Trust
Ad Astra Academy Trust was created in 2014 and is based in the North East of England. It was launched in January 2015 as a result of the vision of two different yet high-performing primary schools. Despite a significant social difference in the communities they served, the schools built on a collaborative ethos to form Ad Astra Academy Trust. Ad Astra meaning ‘to the stars’ and the strapline ‘stars in the making’ reflects our vision that every pupil and every member of staff can be the best they can be. Working in partnership from the very beginning this built a strong foundation for what we believe is an exciting and dynamic trust. In July 2015 the Department for Education awarded sponsorship status to Ad Astra Academy Trust. In August 2016 Ad Astra moved into their central offices close to major road networks in Hartlepool. Ad Astra is also an active member of Allied an alliance of North East MATs.
Role of the Governor
The role of a School Governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the school’s budget is spent
The appointing and dismissing of staff
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies
Who can be a school governor?
You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school. There are usually, depending on the size of the school, between 9 – 20 people who make up the governing body. Advice, support and training for the role is given by the council. Some governors are elected by parents, some are appointed by the governing body itself, the local authority or local churches. This ensures governing bodies reflect the communities they serve.
Term of office and meetings
The term of office for a school governor is normally four years. Most schools have a full governing body meeting once a term. You may also join a committee which usually meets once a term. Most governors find they usually attend meetings or visit a school three or four times each term. You would also be invited to special occasions such as assemblies, sports days, plays and presentations.