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

Steve Workman


September 2020 – October 2024

Chair of Governors

SEND Link Governor

Leadership and Management Development

100% 100%
Paula Evans September 2020 – October 2024

Vice Chair of Governors

Safeguarding and Curriculum Development Link Governor

100% 100%
Larissa Shokar September 2020 – October 2024 Mental Health & Wellbeing and Link Governor for Maths 100% 100%
Rebecca Lynch September 2020 – October 2024

Parent Governor

Link Governor for Communication and Literacy

100% 100%
Anna Jones September 2020 Principal, Staff Governor 100% 100%
Jennifer Bailey October 2022 – September 2024

Parent Governor

Pupil Premium

Sports Premium

Graham Cooke July 2021 – July 2025 Finance plus STEM 100% 100%
Rose Oldroyd October 2021 – October 2024 Staff Governor   100%