|Chair of Governors||Kyle Leigh|
|Specialism||Maths and Computing (Operational)|
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Aston Academy (formerly Aston Comprehensive School until 30 April 2011) is a secondary school with academy status located in the Aston/Aughton region of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. Its current headteacher is Mrs E Newton. The age group for attendance at Aston is Y7 to Y11, and then Y12 to Y13 for Aston's sixth form. Most students come from the Aston-cum-Aughton area but students from other nearby villages such as Beighton, Woodhouse and Treeton also attend the school. Before converting to an academy Aston Comprehensive School was rated as "outstanding" by OfSted. Aston Academy is yet to have an OfSted inspection.
The school first opened in 1957 as Swallownest County Secondary School with the original school buildings completed in 1957 and which still stand today. In 1962, as a result of the amalgamation of Swallownest County Secondary School and Woodhouse Grammar, the school changed its name to Aston Woodhouse High School with further buildings added in 1965 and in 1996. In 1974 the school was placed within the Rotherham Local Authority and became Aston Comprehensive School (now Aston Academy).
The Headteachers have been Mr. Hoskins, Mr Woodlands, Mr Watson, Mr Lowe, Mr Light, Mr Neal, and to the present day, Eunice Newton. Eunice Newton is the current Principal who has worked in the senior management roles of church and state schools in the North West and South Yorkshire, including a small 11-16 Catholic School between 1997 and 2004.
Aston Community Education Trust
In 2011 the school was given permission to form an education trust, breaking away from Rotherham Meteropolitan Borough Council to set up a state maintained independent school known as an Academy. The school has control of its own budget and is now able to source its services from private providers and has flexibility of curriculum. On announcement of the governors' intention to convert, a joint NUT, NASUWT and ATL union meeting was convened and staff voted positively on a resolution to oppose the academy - a letter to this effect was addressed to the governors. The Aston Community Education Trust is a registered limited company and was incorporated on 24 March 2011. The company is registered under Companies House (company no.07577113). The original directors as of 20 March 2012 were:
- Mrs. Eunice Newton (Headteacher)
- Reverend Iain Alexander Somerville (minister of religion) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Christine Arthur (school environmental manager) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mr. John Barton (retired IT manager) - Chair
- Mr. Paul John Bennett (managing director)
- Mrs. Jane Brennan (nurse) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Anita De Brouwer (education consultant) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mr. Roy Dyson (no occupation)
- Mrs. Clare Gallacher (assistant headteacher)- terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Tracy Goodison (security consultant) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Hilda Jack (councillor) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mr. Roger Justin (events management) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Catherine Kinsella (no occupation) - terminated 19/12/12
- Mrs. Jean Long (no occupation)
Mrs. Carol Davidson and Mrs. Patricia Graham were appointed directors at the date of incorporation but later resigned on 11 November 2011 and 31 July 2011 respectively.
Current directors On 19 December 2012 nine directors were terminated leaving only six directors with the addition of John Swift:
- Eunice Newton (Executive Principal)
- John Barton
- Paul Bennett
- Roy Dyson
- Jean Long
- John Swift (appointed 21/12/12)
At the start of the 2011 year term, former basketball player and coach Peter Scantlebury was appointed as Y11 Pastoral Manager.
Changes to nature of trust
On the month of the one year anniversary of academy conversion (May 2012) the directors of the academy annexed the trust’s Articles of Association document making radical amendments to the previous nature of the organisation as a Comprehensive School and a new academy. This resolution greatly increasses the independence and autonomy of the trust and gives the directors greater powers, more in line with those of a conventional business. Some of the main powers include the ability to:
- Form private companies to carry on any trade or business for the purpose of raising funds for the Academy.
- To buy and sell property including existing school buildings and land.
- Offer scholarships to present and former students.
- To raise and borrow money.
- To invest school funds in other companies, private enterprises businesses and other investments.
In addition school property can be held in the name of a nominee private company acting under the control of the directors.
Thurcroft Junior School
Thurcroft Junior school has recently converted to an academy and is now administered by Aston Community Education Trust. The trust is presently advertising the opportunity for other state owned schools to convert to Academies with their support and become part of the family of schools.