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

The meeting dates for 2019/2020 will be published as soon as they are finalised during our first meeting of the academic year on Thursday 26th September 2019.

Name Roles Appointed End of Term Pecuniary Interests Attendance 2018-19
Rob Tice Chair  May 2018  April 2022  None 100%
Anne Finnocchio Vice-Chair

Post 16 Governor

 May 2018  April 2022  None 100%
Emma Twigg Safeguarding Governor  May 2018  April 2022  None 100%
Sandra Fletcher Pupil Premium Governor  May 2018  April 2022  None 70%
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 100%
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%
Helen Simpkin Community Governor

SEN Link Governor

Link Subject – Social Sciences & Business

 June 2018  May 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

Health & Safety Governor

 October 2018  None 100%
Tracey Bradbury Clerk to Governors  May 2018 100%

Meeting Dates


Full LGB 26th September 2019 4.00-5.30pm
Other 2019/20 meetings will be confirmed following the first LGB meeting of the academic year