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 Hilton Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Hilton 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 Hilton Spencer 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 Hilton 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 Role of the Governing Board
The governing board is responsible for working with the schools to ensure that they deliver a good quality education. Together with the headteachers, who are responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.
The 3 key roles of a governing board are:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteachers to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the schools and make sure their money is well spent
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Local Governing Body
|Name||Category||Date of appointment||Appointment ceases||Committees||Other Roles|
|Tricia Edwards||Associate Governor (Senior VP)||Quality & Standards & Resources|
|Antoinette Pardoe||Staff Governor||1st October 2021||1st October 2023||Quality & Standards & Resources|
|Amy Plenderleith||Sponsor (Community)||1st October 2020||1st October 2026||Quality & Standards & Resources|
|Anna Selby||Parent Governor||July 2021||1st July 2023||Quality & Standards & Resources||Pupil Premium & Sports Premium|
|Julie Somers||Sponsor (Chair & Community Governor)||July 2021||1st July 2023||Quality & Standards & Resources||Safeguarding|
|Gary Staddon||Ex officio (Principal)||Quality & Standards & Resources|
|Emma Watson||Sponsor (Co-opted)||1st October 2020||1st October 2026||Quality & Standards & Resources|
|Shelley White||Associate Governor (Senior VP)||Quality & Standards & Resources|