Academy Improvement Management

Ashlawn School is part of the Transforming Lives Educational Trust, more information about the Trust and its AIM Board – Academy Improvement Management (Governance) arrangements can be found here:

Governance for Ashlawn School is robust, rigorous and proportionate, providing professional support and challenge to our academy leaders so that we are always focused on providing the best daily deal to our community. 

As an academy in a schools’ trust, our governance is led by Transforming Lives Educational Trust’s Board. Much of the work of the Board is delegated to committees; in particular, there is a separate committee for each of the academies, which works as an Academy Improvement Management (AIM) Board. 

The Trust greatly values and supports the work of the Ashlawn School AIM Board and recognises the significant contribution that excellent local governance makes towards raising standards and delivering excellence.

Our AIM Board Vice Chair is Christopher Bolton and they can be contacted at

You may also wish to contact our governance professional who is the clerk to our AIM Board – you can do so at

Declaration of Interests 2021-2022



Christopher Bolton
Vice Chair

Christopher Bolton

Vice Chair

I’m Chris Bolton and I am Vice Chair of the Ashlawn AIM Board.  I have been a Governor/Partner at the school for 3 years.

I have been involved in education all my working life.  I started off as a secondary school teacher of English in Gloucester and then spent 20 years in the world of teaching English as a foreign language overseas and in the UK.  Most recently I worked for a number of examination boards including Pearson which owns Edexcel.  At Pearson, I was responsible for qualification development and accreditation and also for policy.  I am now semi-retired and work as a consultant but that doesn’t seem to be working quite as I had imagined as I am busier than ever.  I live in a small village a few miles away from Rugby where I am also the Vice Chair of the Parish Council.

At Ashlawn I am the ‘link’ Governor/Partner for SEND and I also write a monthly education policy and news update for all the Governors in the Trust.  I am a passionate advocate for those learners who need extra support and care.

The Ashlawn Board is made up of a wide range of people who are committed to ensuring the school and its learners continue to excel at all levels.   However, we are always looking for more volunteers to add their experience to the Board.

Siobhan Evans
Carl Sced
Staff Partner
Julia Kenny
Judith Hicks
Emma Denis
Kathryn Proudlock
The Sixth Form is outstanding. Students of all abilities progress very well across a good range of study programmes, and develop the confidence needed to be successful in the future. The personal development of students in the Sixth Form is excellent.