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 body, 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 Highfields Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Highfields Spencer Academy has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.
The powers defining the legal relationship between Highfields 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.
The Scheme of Delegation used at Highfields Spencer Academy can be found here.
The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
A copy of other Trust governance documents are available here.
Members of the Local Governing Body
The full governing body meets once every half term.
The first meeting of the term has a focus on HR, Finances and Premises
The second half of the term has a focus on Teaching, Learning and Outcomes.
Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance will be addressed at both meetings each half term.
|Governor||Term of office||Role||Attendance 20-21||Attendance 21-22|
|September 2020 – October 2024||
Chair of Governors
SEND Link Governor
Leadership and Management Development
|Paula Evans||September 2020 – October 2024||
Vice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding and Curriculum Development Link Governor
|Larissa Shokar||September 2020 – October 2024||Mental Health & Wellbeing and Link Governor for Maths||100%||100%|
|Rebecca Lynch||September 2020 – October 2024||
Link Governor for Communication and Literacy
|Anna Jones||September 2020||Principal, Staff Governor||100%||100%|
|Jennifer Bailey||October 2022 – September 2024||
|Graham Cooke||July 2021 – July 2025||Finance plus STEM||100%||100%|
|Rose Oldroyd||October 2021 – October 2024||Staff Governor||100%|