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As part of the Evolution Schools Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust, the governors of Norton College have the responsibility to set the strategic direction of the school. We work closely with the Headteacher and senior leaders within the College to ensure objectives and standards are achieved, and that progress towards our goals is maintained.

The Governing body is made up of trust appointed, co-opted and parent governors, as well as staff elected governors and the Headteacher.

Name of Governor

Appointing Body

Position / Linked Area

Term of Office

Attendance (Year 19/20)

Karron Young Trust

Chair of Governors Link governor for SEND and Quality of Education

Feb 2020 - Feb 2024  
Catriona Stewart Trust Link governor for Safeguarding and Sixth Form January 2017 - January2021  
Jill Donaldson Hodges Trust Chair of Education Committee Link governor for leadership and management April 2017 – April 2021  
Sam Moore Trust

Link governor for Personal Development

Sept 2020 - Sept 2024  
Craig Shepherdson Elected Parent Vice Chair of Governors Chair of Business Committee, Pupil Premium link governor April 2017 – April 2021  
Jan Pettitt Staff Link governor for Behaviour and Attitudes September 2020 - 2024  
Tim Johnson Headteacher      
Steven Layton Staff   September 2020 - September 2024  

Along with Full Governing Body meetings, we have two sub-committees that have delegated authorities to support and challenge the management of the College.

Our sub-committees are:

Education - considering the progress made in Achievement, Teaching and Learning, the 6th form and Engagement and Aspirations.

Business - considering Finance, Staffing, Health and Safety, Premises management.

Another key role each governor undertakes is to link to a particular element of the College Raising Achievement Plan; visiting regularly and building up a supportive relationship with the Senior Leaders and staff. These links allow governors to witness first-hand the progress made by the College, hear the student voice, analyse evidence and understand future needs of the College. The Governors then use this data as part of our assessment of the performance of the College.

However, being a governor is not all about work: we enjoy attending the annual presentation evening, the school concerts, Norton's Got Talent show, the annual school production, school open evenings, as well being involved in a brilliant College.