Our School Governors

Chris Jones was elected as a Governor in July 2014, and is the new Chairman of the Governing Body, as well as being the Chair of the Resources Committee. Chris has 2 sons in the school and is keen to further promote the school within the local community. He has spent the last 25 years leading teams of Area Managers and advising small businesses in the Leisure Industry.

Chris Jones was elected as a Governor in July 2014, and is the new Chairman of the Governing Body, as well as being the Chair of the Resources Committee. Chris has 2 sons in the school and is keen to further promote the school within the local community. He has spent the last 25 years leading teams of Area Managers and advising small businesses in the Leisure Industry.

Vicky Topps was elected as a parent governor in May 2017 and currently has two children at the school with another one to come in 2020. She has lived in Aston since 2003 and recently volunteered on the Preschool Committee to assist with the running of the charity and applying for grants for funding for new equipment. Vicky is keen to put this learning into practice for the school and use her financial experience from working at KPMG and more latterly HMRC on the governing body and resources committee to help support and challenge so that we can work on continuous improvement.

Vicky Topps was elected as a parent governor in May 2017 and currently has
two children at the school with another one to come in 2020. She has lived in Aston since 2003 and recently volunteered on the Preschool Committee to assist with the running of the charity and applying for grants for funding for new equipment. Vicky is keen to put this learning into practice for the school and use her financial experience from working at KPMG and more latterly HMRC on the governing body and resources committee to help support and challenge so that we can work on continuous improvement.

Angie Donaldson has been an Early Years teacher for 21 years, following a career in Retail Management. Angie has been an Early Years manager and an Early Years Improvement Officer and came to Aston on Trent Primary School in 2015. In October 2017 Angie has achieved the role of Specialist Lead Educator in Early Years. which will enhance the provision in our Early Years through the development of ideas through other settings.

Angie Donaldson has been an Early Years teacher for 21 years, following a career in Retail Management. Angie has been an Early Years manager and an Early Years Improvement Officer and came to Aston on Trent Primary School in 2015. In October 2017 Angie has achieved the role of Specialist Lead Educator in Early Years. which will enhance the provision in our Early Years through the development of ideas through other settings.

Clare Coles was elected as a governor in May 2016 when her eldest child was in Reception.  Clare is a practising barrister and the focus of her work is the welfare of children. She uses her experience to both support and challenge the school.  Clare believes that school should be a positive experience for all and she is keen to make a significant and constructive contribution to that experience.

Clare Coles was elected as a governor in May 2016 when her eldest child was in Reception.

Clare is a practising barrister and the focus of her work is the welfare of children. She uses her experience to both support and challenge the school.

Clare believes that school should be a positive experience for all and she is keen to make a significant and constructive contribution to that experience.

Valerie joined the Governing Body in November 2017 as a Local Authority Governor. Valerie lives in Aston and retired 4 years ago after working for nearly 20 years as a School Business Manager and as Clerk to the Governors at a Derby inner city school. She is passionate about the education of children and as a governor of Aston Primary she is working to support the staff to achieve an enriched, happy and healthy learning environment.

Valerie joined the Governing Body in November 2017 as a Local Authority Governor.
Valerie lives in Aston and retired 4 years ago after working for nearly 20 years as a School Business Manager and as Clerk to the Governors at a Derby inner city school. She is passionate about the education of children and as a governor of Aston Primary she is working to support the staff to achieve an enriched, happy and healthy learning environment.

Haydn Wheeler was originally co-opted as a representative of the parish council, which he left in November 2018. He worked in primary education for 38 years, including 7 years as headteacher at Aston primary school (1984-91). Following retirement from full-time work in 2008 he was employed part-time to work with and advise headteachers in Derbyshire schools. Haydn is honoured and privileged to be back at the school as a governor, supporting the headteache

Haydn Wheeler was originally co-opted as a representative of the parish council, which he left in November 2018. He worked in primary education for 38 years, including 7 years as headteacher at Aston primary school (1984-91). Following retirement from full-time work in 2008 he was employed part-time to work with and advise headteachers in Derbyshire schools. Haydn is honoured and privileged to be back at the school as a governor, supporting the headteache

Governor Responsibilities and Information

Health & Safety - Valerie Graham and Class 4

ICT - Chris Jones/Steven Paine and Class 3

Governor Training - Chris Jones and Class 2

Numeracy - Haydn Wheeler and Class 5

Literacy -Vicky Topps and Class 6

PSHE & Early Years - Clare Coles and Reception Class

Safeguarding - Lindsey Kalirai/Claire Coles

SEN/LAC - Melanie Sims and Class 1

Latest Governor’s Minutes

Minutes Archive

To contact our governors please email governors@aston-on-trent.derbyshire.sch.uk

Chris Jones - Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 09.07.18 -08.07.22

Committee Membership/ Responsibility:  Chair of Resources, Pupil Discipline, Complaints, Performance Management & Pay.

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 3/5   Resource 3/3    T&L: 2/4


Valerie Graham - Vice chair of Governors and LA Governor

Term of Office: 15.09.17-14.09.21

Committee Membership / Responsibility:  Resources , Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline and Complaints

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 3/5      Resources: 3/3


Clare Coles - Parent Governor

Term of Office: 13.05.16-12.05.20

Committee Membership/ Responsibility :  T&L , Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline and Complaints

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 5/5      T&L: 5/5


Melanie Sims - Parent Governor

Term of Office: 06.10.2018-07.10.22

Committee Membership/ Responsibility :  T&L , Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline and Complaints

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.


Vicky Topps - Parent Governor

Term of Office : 24.04.17-23.04.21

Committee Membership / Responsibility:  Resources, Staff  Discipline and Complaints.

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 5/5 ; Resources: 2/3 


Haydn Wheeler - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 12.01.15 - 11.01.19

Committee Membership / Responsibility : Teaching & Learning, Numeracy, Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children, Safeguarding, Pupil Discipline, Staff Discipline, Complaints, Performance Management & Pay.

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 4/5     T&L: 5/5 

Angie Donaldson

Term of Office- 11.09 17 – 10.09.21

Committee Membership/ Responsibility : Teaching & Learning.

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 5/5     T&L: 4/5 

Lindsey Kalirai - Headteacher

Committee Membership: Resources & Teaching & Learning.

No business interests to declare, not a Governor at any other school and no relation working in school.

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 4/5    Resources:2/3   T&L: 5/5

Former Governors

Ashley Hayward - Co-opted Governor

TERM OF OFFICE: 12.01.15 - 11.01.19

RESIGNED NOVEMBER 2018

Attendance at meetings 2017/18:  Full Governors 3/5 Resources: 1/3


There are no associate members appointed to the governing body.