Our Governance

The Aspire Centre is part of the Great Schools Trust (GST), a company limited by guarantee.

The GST members and board of trustees are the proprietors of the trust and set the overarching vision and strategy for all of the GST academies. Trustees’ main responsibilities are the three core governance functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

In order to discharge these duties successfully the board of trustees has delegated some of these responsibilities to executive leaders and local academy councils (LACs) (see the Scheme of Delegation for more information).

The Aspire Centre is in the process of constituting its own Local Academy Council and trustees have recently appointed a Chair of Governors, Mrs Shona Stronach. Whilst recruitment is taking place the King's Liverpool LAC oversees Aspire's governance. The LAC are a committed team of governors who are actively involved in school life. They successfully represent the local community and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a variety of professional backgrounds. Governors include parent and staff representatives.

The LAC has delegated oversight for curriculum and standards, community presence and safeguarding. This includes attendance, student welfare and health and safety. Finance and staffing are the direct responsibility of the trust board, however the LAC Chair supports the Principal with budget setting and is also involved in the Principals people leadership review process.

In short, LACs are an integral part of the trust’s governance structure. They are the eyes and ears on the ground at school level. The LAC supports the trust board by adhering to their core governance functions and by holding the school to account for performance and development. In addition, they support school leaders by acting as their ‘critical friend’.

Our Local Academy Council

Our Local Academy Council currently oversees the governance of both King's Leadership Academy Liverpool and the Aspire Centre.

Both the Trust and the Aspire Centre Leadership Team are currently in the process of recruiting governors for the Aspire Centre and hope that they will have their own Local Academy Council very soon.

The Chair of the Local Academy Council is Shona Stronach.

Should you wish to contact the Chair of the Local Academy Council or LAC please contact the Trust’s Director of Governance, Michelle Jones, via email m.jones@greatschoolstrust.com or by post by addressing any correspondence for the attention of Michelle Jones at the school’s address:

The Aspire Centre, Dingle Vale, Liverpool, L8 9SJ.

Please note that any complaints regarding the school must be raised in line with our complaints policy and cannot be raised directly with the local academy council.


Chair's Welcome

As LAC Chair, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to the Aspire Centre.

I was delighted to be asked to be chair of governors for the Local Academy Council. Our aim is for the head of school and staff to develop each child's full potential and to celebrate every achievement.

We are extremely proud of the nurturing ethos of our school and the quality of education that the children receive here due to the planning, hard work of the dedicated staff and the support of the community.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Shona Stronach - Chair of Aspire Centre LAC


Governor Biographies

Shona Stronach – Chair of Governors

I wanted to be a Governor at The Aspire Centre because I believe that every child deserves to receive a quality education and to have the best possible chances in life. Many children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and for most, school is the only way to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

I have over 15 years of governance experience and as well as being Chair of Governors for another school, I currently sit on committees for various external agencies. I am qualified to hear complaints, admissions and appeals and to sit on exclusions panels.

Cassy Morgan- Staff Governor

I am currently assistant principal at King's Leadership Academy Liverpool. I have over three years of experience in leadership roles and have worked in both mainstream and alternative education. I am also a qualified SENDCo after completing my National Award for Special Educational needs in 2019. I have been a governor at King's Liverpool for over four years and I wish to continue this journey as I feel passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential in education.

Governor Vacancies


Both the Trust and the Aspire Centre Leadership Team are currently in the process of recruiting governors for the Aspire Centre and hope that they will have their own Local Academy Council very soon.

​If you are interested in becoming a Governor find our more here



Statutory Information for Governance


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