The governing body is responsible for making sure the school improves each year. It sets the direction and makes sure the school is meeting its targets, whilst allowing the headteacher and teaching professionals to manage the school on a day-to-day basis.

Governors attend meetings where reports about the school’s progress are discussed, they test information received by asking questions and make sure the school spends its budget wisely against the priorities shown in the school plan.


Full NameGovernor TypeGovernor RoleTerm of Office
Chair: James StubbsParent AppointedLeadership and Management Attendance13th March 2021 - 12th March 2025
Aaron YoungTrust Appointed15th September 2023 - 14th September 2024
David BrittenTrust AppointedCurriculum and Quality of teaching and Learning24th September 2023 - 23rd September 2027
Emma YoungTrust AppointedSMSC, Leadership and Management of SIAMS and provision of RE16th January 2023 - 15th January 2027
Gill DinanStaff AppointedTraining1st November 2021 - 31st October 2025
Heather-Louise BuckinghamTrust AppointedFinance and Budget, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare20th October 2020 - 19th October 2024
Lanré OlusogaTrust Appointed3rd November 2022 - 2nd November 2026
Lucy ChildsTrust Appointed2nd March 2023 - 1st March 2026
Stephanie CarterTrust AppointedPremises and Health and Safety, Pay Committee15th May 2018 - 14th May 2026
Headteacher: Karen TrowellHeadteacherN/A

Governors Documentation

Governor Attendance 2022 - 2023

James Stubbs • Parent Governor

Special Interest areas: Outcomes & Progress (incl. for Vulnerable Groups) and Impact of Pupil Premium.

James lived in Sutton-at-Hone for the first 21 years of his life and attended Sutton-at-Hone Primary School. James became involved with the Local Governing Body when his daughter started at the school, feeling that he wanted to I give back to the school that helped give him a great start in life.

James was really proud to be able to use his career background and take a leading role in realising the school’s dream of ensuring the pupils of  Sutton once again had access to their own swimming pool, one that can also be enjoyed by the local community.

James strives to help the pupils at Sutton-at-Hone Primary School achieve all they can educationally but also have the happiest experience that is possible.

David Britten • Trust Governor

Special Interest Areas: Teaching and Learning, More Able Students, Humanities.

David has been a secondary school teacher for 15 years, in a number of schools in Northamptonshire, Kent and South East London. His main teaching subject is Geography; however, has held various roles including Head of Year and Designated Child Protection Officer and now his current post is Head of Department and More Able Coordinator for the whole school. David has taught all secondary school ages, from Years 7 to 13 and has led on both GCSE groups and A Levels groups through national examinations. He thoroughly enjoy working with secondary school students and preparing them for life after school in which he feels that he can apply these skills and insights by supporting students at Sutton-At-Hone Primary School, who are at the beginning of their education.

Emma Young • Trust Governor

Special Interest areas: Religious Education; collective worship; SIAMS.

Emma is the vicar of the parish of Sutton-at-Hone and is fundamentally committed to the spiritual welfare and development of the local community, of which Sutton-at-Hone Primary School is a significant part. The school has a vital role to play in enabling the flourishing in all respects of the children in its care and Emma is keen to help enable it to reach its full potential in this respect, and particularly with reference to what the distinctive Church of England ethos of the school can offer in enriching and inspiring its children.

Heather Buckingham • Trust Governor

Heather works as an internal auditor. She began her career working for the local government which included undertaking school and academy audits, but has since moved companies and now focus mainly on charities, museums and not-for-profit organisations.

Heather decided to be a school governor so she could use her knowledge gained from undertaking school audits to help other schools instil best practices within their daily tasks. Heather is keen to help Sutton at Hone in any way she can to be the best it can be.

Stephanie Carter • Trust Governor

Special Interest Areas: Health & Safety and Mental Health.

Stephanie thought often about becoming a Governor when she initially moved to Darenth as it coincided with her move to my current role at Thames Water as the Customer Manager for Clean Water Networks in South London and as a Deputy Controller of Premises, and the timing felt right. Stephanie liked the idea of being able to use her experience and passion for coaching and mentoring to help the community.

Aletheia Academies Trust Governance

For more information about how the Aletheia Academies Trust system of Governance operates including the Names of Trustees and Members and the Scheme of Delegation, please visit the Trust Governance website page here.

For more information about how Aletheia Academies Trust Finance operates including documentation such as The Annual Report, Annual Audited Accounts and Trust Executive Pay, please visit the Trust Finance website page here.

Sutton-at-Hone CofE Primary School does not exceed the Executive Pay bracket.

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