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


  • 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@johnport.derbyshire.sch.uk

Local Governing Board Details

Attendance and information – 2021/2022

Name Roles Appointed End of Term Pecuniary Interests Attendance 2021-22
Rob Tice Chair May 2018

Reappointed as Chair Sept 2021

 Sept 2022  None 100%
Anne Finocchio Vice-Chair

Post 16 Governor & Careers Link Governor

May 2018

Reappointed as Vice Chair Sept 2021

 Sept 2022  None 100%
Emma Twigg Safeguarding Governor  May 2018

Reappointed as Safeguarding Governor Sept 2021

 Sept 2022  None 100%
Danny Parker Parent Governor

Link Subject – Social Sciences

May 2018 April 2022  None 100%
Jonathan Watson Parent Governor

Link Subject – Science

 May 2018 April 2022 None %
Rachel Merrick Parent Governor

Link Subject – Maths

May 2018 April 2022   None 100%
Amanda Harper Parent Governor

Link Subject – English

 May 2018 April 2022 None 100%
Karen Squire Principal May 2018   None 100%
Alison Vann Vice Principal

Staff Governor

May 2018 None 100%
Marie Walker-Endsor Staff Governor October 2018  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

Full LGB

Progress Committee


9th June 2022

30th June 2022 

14th July 2022


4:00pm – 5.30pm

4:00pm – 6:00pm

4:00pm – 5.30pm