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 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 Body (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.

  • The Scheme of Delegation used at John Port Spencer Academy can be found here.
  • The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
  • A copy of other Trust governance documents are available here.


The governors can be contacted by emailing:

Local Governing Body

Our new governing body met for the first time on 15th May 2018. During this meeting, the roles of Chair, Vice Chair and Safeguarding Governor were filled, but all other roles are yet to be allocated. The new governing body will meet again on 4th October 2018. Following this meeting, roles and responsibilities will be updated.

Name Roles Appointed End of Term Pecuniary Interests Attendance 2018-19
Rob Tice Chair  May 2018  April 2022  None
Anne Finnocchio Vice-Chair

Post 16 Governor

 May 2018  April 2022  None
Emma Twigg Safeguarding Governor  May 2018  April 2022  None
Sandra Fletcher Pupil Premium Governor  May 2018  April 2022  None
Danny Parker Parent Governor

Link Subject – Social Sciences

 May 2018  April 2022  None
Jonathan Watson Parent Governor

Link Subject – Science

 May 2018  April 2022  None
Rachel Merrick Parent Governor

Link Subject – Maths

 May 2018  April 2022  None
Amanda Harper Parent Governor

Link Subject – English

 May 2018  April 2022  None
Helen Simpkin Community Governor

SEN Link Governor

Link Subject – Social Sciences & Business

 June 2018  May 2022  None
Karen Squire Principal May 2018  None
Alison Vann Vice Principal

Staff Governor

 May 2018  None
Marie Walker-Endsor Staff Governor

Health & Safety Governor

 October 2018  None
Tracey Bradbury Clerk to Governors  May 2018

Meeting Dates


Full LGB 4th October 2018 4.00-5.30pm
Progress Committee 5th December 2018 4.00-5.00pm
H&S Committee (to include Safeguarding) 12th December 2018 4.00-5.00pm
Full LGB 31st January 2019 4.00-5.30pm
Progress Committee 2nd April 2019 4.00-5.00pm
Full LGB 23rd May 2019 4.00-5.30pm
Progress Committee 20th June 2019 4.00-5.00pm