Local Governing Board

Governance is the process by which any organisation or group organises in order to be able to make decisions. In schools, this includes the governing board, who are responsible for scrutiny of decisions made in school and for driving improvement, and the processes and policies which allows the school to work effectively and appropriately.

As a member school within a multi-academy trust, responsibility for the governance of John Port Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, John Port Spencer Academy has a Local Governing Board (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.

The powers defining the legal relationship between John Port Spencer Academy and The Spencer Academies Trust, together with the delegation of general powers within the trust, are set out in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

Further Details about the Spencer Academies Trust Governance Structure

LGB

  • The LGB operates as a scrutiny sub-committee of the Board of Directors and plays an important role in supporting the work of the trust through their responsibility for scrutiny and improvement.
  • The LGB has a distinct role in ensuring that the school is effective in responding to the needs of the community, and acting as a champion for children and their families.
  • The LGB acts as a critical friend to the academy Senior Team to ensure that delivery in school is of a high standard, and delivers against agreed goals.

The LGB is responsible for

  • local oversight of safeguarding (including ensuring compliance with the SAT safeguarding policy, safer recruitment and ensuring a culture in which pupils feel safe);
  • the monitoring of standards (pupil achievement, quality of teaching, determining the curriculum, use of assessment, behaviour, attendance, personal development, preparing learners for life in Modern Britain)
  • admissions process (not arrangements);
  • consideration of exclusions;
  • complaints (prior to any referral to the Trust for resolution).

Board of Trustees and SAT Executive

  • The Board and the SAT Executive are accountable for the overall educational and financial performance of the Trust including all aspects of legal/statutory compliance. They are responsible for budget setting; staffing appointments; disciplinary and grievance; Principal’s performance management, and The Board also retains overall responsibility for safeguarding.
Further information about Trust governance structure, policy and documents are available here.

The John Port Spencer Academy local governing board can be contacted by emailing: clerktogovernors@johnportspencer.com.

Local Governing Board Details

Attendance and information – 2021/2022

Due to COVID and the impact this has had on succession planning and governance opportunities, many of our governors requested reappointment at the February 2022 LGB meeting. This was granted, on the understanding that succession planning would be put back in place (following the COVID pandemic) by June 2022.

Name Roles Appointed End of Term Pecuniary Interests Attendance 2021-22
Rob Tice Chair of the LGB

H&S Governor

Parent Governor

May 2018

Reappointed as Chair Sept 2021

Reappointed as Parent Governor Feb 2022

 Feb 2024  None 100%
Anne Finocchio Vice-Chair of the LGB

Post 16 & Careers Link Governor

Community Governor

May 2018

Reappointed as Vice Chair Sept 2021

 Sept 2022  None 100%
Emma Twigg Safeguarding Governor

Vice Chair of Resources Committee

Community Governor

 May 2018

Reappointed as Safeguarding Governor Sept 2021

Appointed as Community Governor Feb 2022

 Feb 2024  None 80%
Danny Parker Progress Governor

Chair of Progress Committee

Parent Governor

Link Subject – Social Sciences

May 2018

Appointed as Progress Governor Sept 2021

Reappointed as Parent Governor Feb 2022

Feb 2024  None 100%
Jonathan Watson Parent Governor

Link Subject – Science

 May 2018

Reappointed as Parent Governor Feb 2022

Feb 2024 None 67%
Rachel Merrick SEND Governor

Vice Chair of Progress Committee

Community Governor

Link Subject – Maths

May 2018

Appointed as SEND Governor Sept 2021

Appointed as Community Governor Feb 2022

Feb 2024   None 100%
Amanda Harper STEM Governor

Parent Governor

Link Subject – English

 May 2018

Reappointed as Parent Governor Feb 2022

Jul 2023 None 100%
Karen Squire Principal May 2018   None 100%
Alison Vann Vice Principal

Staff Governor

May 2018

Reappointed as Staff Governor Feb 2022

Feb 2024 None 50%
Marie Walker-Endsor Staff Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

May 2018

Reappointed as Staff Governor Feb 2022

Feb 2024  None 75%
Tom Crowther Vice Principal

Staff Governor

Feb 2022 Feb 2024 None 100%
Tracey Bradbury Clerk to Governors May 2018 100%
2021 – 22
 

Term 1

Full LGB

Resources Committee

Progress Committee

 

9th September 2021

4th November 2021

16th December 2021

 

4:00pm – 6:00pm

4:00pm – 5:30pm

4:00pm – 5:30pm

 

Term 2

Full LGB

Resources Committee

Progress Committee

 

10th February 2022

10th March 2022

7th April 2022

 

4:00pm – 6:00pm

4:00pm – 5.30pm

4:00pm – 5.30pm

 

Term 3

Resources Committee

Progress Committee

Full LGB

 

9th June 2022

23rd June 2022

30th June 2022 

 

4:00pm – 5.30pm

4:00pm – 5.30pm

4:00pm – 6:00pm