Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Griffin Schools Trust (GST) itself and of the schools individually and collectively. Please click here to see our Governance Structure.
The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the body to whom schools are directly accountable. It delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Board/Body (LGB) or School Improvement Board (SIB) according to the Scheme of Delegation
The Trust Board is made up of experts in the UK and international education as well as private sector professionals with a wide range of commercial experience and expertise. In keeping with our vision, we also place an emphasis on attracting Trustees who have backgrounds and networks in Sport and the Arts. The Board acts as guardian to the Trust vision and ensures that progress towards its fulfilment is underpinned with the highest standards of compliance with our regulators so that public funding is very well-used.
Serving as a Governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST Governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e. once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each Governor’s skills and the needs of the school.
The role is very different from that of a Governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to evidence the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST Governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the pupils they serve.
The Trust is responsible for the appointment, performance management and professional development of the Heads, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and
evidencing the impact that the Head and Governors are making through their termly meetings. Through their work in and for the school, Governors come to know the school community and to be well-informed about its performance, able to talk about it confidently
and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.
We very much appreciate the work that Governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust. We hope that Governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives and their individual experience of the living reality of the
GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.
The Stantonbury Improvement Board is:
- Trevor Edinborough – Safeguarding
- Charlotte Foulston
- Liz Lewis
- Michelle Newman – Head
- Anne Powell – Vice Chair
- Ange Tyler – Chair
Trevor Edinborough – Safeguarding
Trevor has many years of experience in the education sector and in school improvement, working across the public, private and charity sectors. He has worked extensively in the UK as well as internationally. He was a successful headteacher in two very different inner-city comprehensive schools and has had wide-ranging experience in the delivery of local authority services at Assistant Director and Deputy Director levels. In addition, Trevor has significant international experience in the delivery of major education priorities and has a successful track record in the development and delivery of national government contracts.
Charlotte has 20 years’ teaching and leadership experience in secondary education, in London and Wales. Prior to her teaching career, she was director of a company specialising in supporting young people into vocational training and apprenticeships. Charlotte brings to the Trust the perspective of a practitioner in the current policy landscape together with wide experience of delivering to learners on a large scale. She was a founding Board member of the Griffin Schools Trust.
A founder and former Joint CEO of the Griffin Schools Trust, Liz has spent more than thirty years in school and system improvement in the UK and overseas. She has led independent, international and maintained schools as well as managing a large Local Authority advisory service. Before establishing the Griffin Schools Trust she grew a successful consultancy business with a range of clients including DfE and Local Authorities. The drive in whatever she does is to focus system leaders on social equality.
Michelle Newman – Head
Michelle has been in education for 14 years within a range of roles in secondary and through school settings from deprived inner-city boroughs to international schools in China. Michelle’s roles have included Head of English, Vice Principal and Principal with key strategic focus on raising achievement, the quality of teaching and learning as well as securing school improvement. Michelle is ambitious for the schools she supports and has a passion for developing leadership at all levels in order to improve educational outcomes for all pupils regardless of their starting points and is a fervent believer that all pupils, regardless of economic background, should have a Griffin Great education. Michelle is also a serving Ofsted inspector and is currently completing a PhD in Educational Leadership at Cambridge University.
Anne Powell – Vice Chair
Anne is a music graduate who found her vocation in teaching in the least affluent communities in East London. As a primary Head and then Executive Head, Anne has led and supported rapid and sustainable improvement journeys in several GST schools, primary and secondary. Her leadership saw two long-term underperforming schools speed from special measures to confidently outstanding. The first GST Head to become the CEO on the strength of her record, Anne presides over the further realisation of the Trust’s vision. She is driven by a belief that good exam outcomes are the corollary of a great education and not its sole focus.
Ange Tyler – Chair
A co-founder and former Joint CEO of the Griffin Schools Trust, Ange has spent her professional life-improving opportunities for the least advantaged, first as a Youth Worker and then a teacher in London. After serving as a Head and Executive Head in inner city schools, Ange led change programmes for LAs and for the DfE. At GST, Ange has scaled her sophisticated school improvement model to drive deep cultural change predicated on leadership at all levels. She has also established bold traditions of broad arts, sports and extra-curricular provision.
Alison Richardson PA to Head of School