Welcome to the Governors section of George Spencer Academy. I do hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and learning more about us. 


World-Class Governance

In December 2016, George Spencer Academy was awarded the prestigious status of 'World Class Schools' - one of only 17 in the country. The Governing Body would therefore like to emulate this by demonstrating world-class governance. World-class governance is essential for continuous and sustainable improvement – more so today than ever before. There is now greater scrutiny on governance and we are working hard to keep George Spencer at the forefront of educational excellence, innovation and creativity.


We were last inspected by Ofsted in May 2015 (Click here to view the report). The below is what the Ofsted Inspection team had to say about governance:

    •  "Governors strengthen the leadership of the academy, because they are highly skilled and strategic in their outlook. They play an important role in evaluating the academy's work and setting the direction for the future."
      - Ofsted, May 2015
    •  "Governors are highly knowledgeable about the academy's performance and use their considerable range of skills effectively to challenge leaders and drive further improvements."
      - Ofsted, May 2015


Who are our Governors?

Each Governor has a set of different skills, expertise and experience. We will be developing our Governor profiles on an on-going basis. Click on the name of each Governor, for their profile...





Mr Andrew Field


Miss Jules Gordon

Staff Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2013)

Mrs Elizabeth Toms

Safeguarding Governor (Appointed: 1 November 2014)

Mr Paul Hemmings

Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2010)

Mr Evaristo Mascarenhas

Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 December 2014)

Mr Toby Preston

Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2014)

Mr Andew Talbot

Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2010)

Mrs Michelle Thompson

Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2010)

Mr David Mills

Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2010)

Mr James Smith

Vice Chair & Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 July 2014)

Caroline Bartliff

SEND and Anti-Bullying Governor (Appointed: 13 February 2017)

Louise Aldred

Community Governor (Appointed: 13 February 2017)



Governor Resignations

Sadly, we say farewell to some long-standing governors this summer:

  • Maria Cellupica, resigned 31 August 2017
  • Jo Glynn, resigned 31 August 2017
  • Jill Wilkinson, resigned 31 August 2017
  • Yvonne Tular, resigned, 20 June 2017
  • Dave Gent, resigned, 7 August 2017


Committee Structure

As well as the Full Governing Body meetings we have a number of Committees which are the main conduit for the work of the Governors. The Committees are:

  • Curriculum and Pastoral
  • Finance and Business Development
  • Health and Safety
  • Personnel (followed by Standing Committee)

Details of which Governors are on which Committee is given in the document section below.


When do we meet?

The Full Governing Body meets twice during the Autumn term, and once for Spring and Summer terms. Our Committees meet at least termly to discuss particular matters. Dates of our Committee meetings are also given in the documents section below.


What do we actually do?

During each academic year, Governors will conduct monitoring visits to see how the overall performance of the school is doing. During these visits, Governors get the chance to speak to staff and students and see the school in action. Our Governors are invited to attend a range of school events and productions such as Strictly George Spencer, end of year productions, celebratory events etc.


The core functions of a Governing Body are:


governor functions



The Handbook was last updated in January 2017 (Click here to download)


The DfE also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as:




In addition, we:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Principal.

  • Agree the school's improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budges and staffing structures.

  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.

  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.



For the Autumn Term 2017, we will be focusing on:

  • Focused meeting on results analysis from the summer exams 2017
  • Elections for a new Chair
  • Other elections for Vice Chair and Chairs of Committees
  • Strategic planning – school improvement and target setting
  • Reviewing arrangements for Special Educational Needs and Disability and other vulnerable groups
  • Monitoring arrangements for Governors
  • Reviewing student numbers and the impact of the expansion of numbers in Years 7 and 8


For the Summer Term 2017, we focused on:

  • Year 11 Predictions for the forthcoming exam season – wishing all our students the very best of luck!
  • Next year’s Year 10 and 12 option choices
  • Quality assurance of teaching and learning strategies
  • Student numbers and recruitment for next year
  • Behaviour and Attendance
  • Admission arrangements
  • Celebrating the recent Challenge Partners Annual Review – confirming English as an Area of Excellence
  • Approval of next year’s INSETs and School Trips
  • Budget and staffing structure
  • Reviewing recent school visits
  • Monitoring of our own Governor Action Plan



For the Spring Term 2017, we focused on:

  • Our statutory duties and strategic planning including progress against school priorities; reviewing admission arrangements, policies and action towards our Governor action plan;
  • Tracking the progress being made of all our students in terms of our expectations and targets, across all the year groups and with different groups of pupils;
  • The school's processes for reviewing the safety, behaviour and personal development of students including attendance;
  • Reviewing Stakeholder views;
  • Starting the planning process for next year's budget looking at the staffing structure needed to develop a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of our students.


New Governors

We also welcomed 4 new Governors in February 2017: Yvonne Tular; Caroline Bartliff; Dave Gent and Louise Aldred. All new Governors receive a Trust welcome information pack and meet with the Principal and Chair prior to starting their role.


During the Autumn term 2016:

  • Our statutory duties and strategic planning for the forthcoming year including elections, reviewing terms of reference and confirming our monitoring framework;
  • 2016 Performance Information/Data – looking at how our students did compared to national expectations.
  • The school's strategy for the use of the forthcoming Pupil Premium, Year 7 Catch Up Funding and Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND) Funding that the school receives;
  • Approval of the School Improvement Plan – ensuring our strategic direction and school priorities are accurate and reflect data and stakeholder views.
  • Ensuring that performance management and appraisals were conducted for all staff.
  • Reviewing the finances for the school.
  • Reviewing safeguarding arrangements.

We discussed a range of other ongoing themes such as Health & Safety, Policies and determining our role in external reviews such as Challenge Partners.


Chairs Development

Our Chair meets with other Chairs in The Spencer Academies Trust and provides a feedback report to the Directors of the Trust on the work of the LGB, including celebrations and challenges. This network provides the opportunity to find out what's new and what the expectations are on Governors going forward – both from the Trust, Government and Ofsted. Our Chair has completed the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs.


Governor Training

Since September 2016, the following Training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:

  • Exclusions – the legalities
  • Preparing a School Budget
  • Safeguarding including the Prevent Duty, Female Genital Mutilation and Safer Recruitment.
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – to keep abreast of latest legislation.
  • Induction - Effective Governance - which is an induction/refresher on the role of school governor.
  • Inspection Dashboard - how to interpret the performance data.
  • Preparing for an external review/inspection.
  • Conducting a School Visit.
  • Health & Safety – the role of Governors.



The Trust has supported our school with membership to The Key for School Governors to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.



We have two Clerks – Lynne Hoptroff, clerks to the Full Governors and Claire McMillan, clerks all our Committees. Both our Clerks have access to a range of trust support and attend the Trust's Clerks briefings and has access to a network of support through the Trust.


Claire is currently undertaking the 'Clerks Development Programme' and hopes to complete by the end of Summer 2017.


Clerking Competency Framework


Introduced in April 2017 the new Clerking Competency Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide a professional Clerking service to the Governors.


Four competency areas covered in the new Framework are:


  • Understanding Governance
  • Administration
  • Advice and Guidance
  • People and Relationships


The new Framework recognizes the value of professional quality clerks and realises they are critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.


To read the full framework, please click here.


The Spencer Academies Trust

Our Governors were responsible for establishing a Trust known as 'The Spencer Academies Trust', which is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and as such we are required to comply with 'The Companies Act 2006' Trustees, Directors and Governors of the Trust are listed in the Annual Report forming part of the Annual Account.


A copy of our Funding Agreement is listed below.


For documents and information about The Spencer Academies Trust, please visit



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