The Purpose of Governance

As outlined in the Governance handbook for academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools published by the Department for Education in January 2017, the purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance at The Aspire Academy

Should you wish to enquire about volunteering as a governor or discuss any aspect of governance at The Aspire Academy please email using the message title FAO The Governing Body.

Safeguarding Recruitment Statement: The Aspire Academy Free School Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and young people in their care and will look to an enhanced DBS and references prior to any governor appointment.

At the Aspire Academy governors perform these duties by ensuring that we have a governing body with a suitable skill set, regular full and sub-committee group meetings and giving individuals specific foci to address on their regular visits to the Academy (e.g. Safeguarding). Currently there are 3 sub-committee groups; Teaching and Learning, Finance and Resources and Pay and Personnel.

A full list of Governors and their responsibilities can be seen by selecting List of Governors tab from the menu at the top of the page. There is also additional information that you may find useful which can also be selected using the menu.


Phil Collins, Chair of Governors                                                                                                                                               Mr Phil Collins





Funding Agreement – including articles and memorandum.

National Standards of Excellence for Head Teachers


Aspire Accounts


Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st August 2015 –

Aspire Signed Accounts Year Ending 31-08-15

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st August 2016 –

Aspire Signed Accounts Year Ending 31-08-16

Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended 21st August 2017

Aspire Signed Accounts Year Ending 31-08-17