Governing Body

On behalf of the Governing body, I am delighted to welcome you to Aston Lodge Primary School.

I am extremely proud to be Chair of Governors at an ambitious and improving school that provides such a caring and positive environment at the heart of the local community.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met, and that planning is both aspiring and realistic. We are here to support and encourage our Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team, teachers and all staff so that pupils have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve. As Governors, we consider our most important role to be the safety, welfare, and education of our pupils.

Our governors come from a range of backgrounds and include parents / carers, staff, and co-opted members from the local community. We have a variety of different skills.

We try and visit school as often as possible to see for ourselves how well the school is functioning. Although, the last year has been very challenging due to school closures we have been kept fully updated and involved wherever possible and are extremely proud of how the school have managed the pandemic.

If you would like to contact me please speak to the headteacher or school office and they will give you my details. As parents and carers, you are at the heart of the whole school community and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us.

We are always looking for new governors, you do not need any specific skills or qualifications just an interest in getting involved, commitment and some spare time to give. You will be part of a team that work together and support each other. Please do consider becoming a governor, it is a worthwhile opportunity.

We all want to give your children the best possible chance in life to succeed and I believe with the right commitment from everyone, the governors, the staff and yourselves, we will forge a dynamic partnership that will enable this to happen.

Governor Pen Portraits

Steve Watson

Chair of Governors

Sarah Carton

Teaching and Learning, Student Progress and Attendance

I have been a secondary school maths teacher for 12 years and currently work as an Assistant Principal at The Gainsborough Academy; part of Wickersely Partnership Trust. First and foremost, I’m a teacher who still loves being in the classroom; teaching and supporting students to achieve successful, preparing them for their future. I truly believe that high-quality teaching and learning is the most important aspect of school improvement and have always been committed to developing this on all levels in order to support student progress and school outcomes. I look forward to supporting and working with Aston Lodge Primary as a Governor leading on T&L and Student Progress and Attendance.

Bethany Timms

Reception Teacher and EYFS Leader

As a Teacher, I have witnessed first-hand the importance of providing all young people with high-quality teaching and learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Likewise, I have come to understand just how important community involvement—not just by parents and teachers, but by individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds—is in providing this. I am passionate about education and the transformative role it can play in the lives of individuals, families and communities, and I am committed to supporting Aston Lodge Primary in providing the best possible opportunities and in achieving the best possible outcomes for its pupils. 

Sulena Ellinger


Over the last 14 years, I have worked in both secondary and primary schools in Rotherham and Sheffield.  I have been at Aston Lodge Primary since April 2019 after being in my previous role for 9 years at a secondary school also in the trust.
Working at Aston Lodge has provided me with a different insight into how other schools within the trust are run and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.  The school has vastly improved over the last almost two years with new leadership, this has had a great impact on teaching and learning.


When I do have free time I enjoy spending this at my caravan in the Lincolnshire countryside along with my family and my golden labrador “Hooper”

Mark Marriott

Co-opted Governor

Luise Stabell

My name is Luise Stabell and I am relatively new to the Governing board here at Aston Lodge. My current professional role is Head of Procurement for a company in Buxton which import, cut and pack and sell cheese to the majority of the retailers and wholesalers. This is a new challenge for me and I hope my skill-set and experience from a business perspective will be valuable to the board here at Aston Lodge. I am sure with the right blend of skills and experience in the board that the strategic direction that has been set can bring the best possible outcome for pupils and take the school to the next level

I look forward to be working closely with the current leadership of the school in my new role as governor and my objective is to give Mrs. Cronin the support that she and her staff need to enable them to achieve the priorities that have been set and agreed as the school continue growing lifelong learners.

When I do have free time I enjoy socialising with friends and family, I try to get out 3 time a week for a run to clear my mind and love to travel abroad with my partner David


The Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing body is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and to oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. With this in mind, the Governors have written their vision statement for our school’

Governor Vision Statement

 The Governors of Aston Lodge Primary School wish to create a school community where children participate, succeed and are proud of their achievement of   ‘Show Pride and Reach for the Stars’.

As Governors, we have a responsibility to guide our children to their futures by:

  • Providing financial accountability by ensuring our resources are responsibly used to support our children’s learning.
  • Creating a school where all children are treated equally to give every child the life chances they deserve no matter what their starting point.
  • Providing an environment which is vibrant, stimulating and creative where they can experience the excitement of learning through access to outstanding teaching.
  • Ensuring all our children have the skills to reach their full potential so that they are prepared for the next stage in their education.

Promoting the values of the school into the wider community.