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 


Structure of Governing Board

The work of the governing board is carried out through both meetings of all the governors (Full Governing Board) and committees. The committees are:- 

  • Standards, Curriculum and Quality committee (HPS), chaired by Nick Campion. 
  • Finance and Premises committee (HPS), chaired by Peter Williams 
  • Finance, Premises, Standards, Curriculum and Quality committee (MSA), chaired by Terry Irvine 
  • Safeguarding committee (both), chaired by Dawn Bentley 
  • Pay committee chaired by Julie Somers. 


In addition particular governors have a watching brief on Pupil Premium and Sports premium and these governors liaise with the staff responsible within the schools, reporting back to the full governing body. Some governors are assigned to link with particular year groups, making regular visits to the schools and supporting staff in their year. 

Governors, from time to time, are also involved in Working Groups to look at particular issues related to the development of the schools. 

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
Dawn Bentley Community 1st Oct 2018 1st Oct 2022 Safeguarding (chair) Safeguarding

Anti-bullying link

EYFS Yr group link

Nick Campion Community 1st Oct 2018 1st Oct 2022 Standards, Curriculum

and Quality (chair)


Sports premium

Physical and Emotional link

Fitness link

Gary Staddon Headteacher (HPS)
Shelley White Assistant Headteacher (HPS)
Tricia Edwards Assistant Headteacher (HPS)
Julia Hart Headteacher (MSA)
Sujinder Lehal Parent 15th Nov 2016 30th July 2021 Standards, Curriculum

and Quality

Art and design link

Humanities link

Joe Handy Staff
Amy Plenderleith Community (Vice Chair) 1st Oct 2018 1st Oct 2022 Standards, Curriculum

and Quality

The Mease


Pupil premium link

Y1 link


Anna Selby Parent 15th Nov 2016 30th July 2021 Finance & Premises Y4 link

H&S link

Julie Somers Parent (Chair) 15th Nov 2016 30th July 2021 Standards, Curriculum

and Quality

The Mease


Finance & Premises

SEND link


Emma Watson Community 1st Oct 2018 1st Oct 2022 Finance & Premises Y3 link

H&S link

Peter Williams Community 1st Oct 2018 4 years Finance & Premises



Y5 link

Website and social media link

STEM link

Terry Irvine Community 24th Sep 2019 24th Sep 2021 The Mease

Pay Comms

Pupil Premium Link

Forest Schools Link

Yr6 link

Laura Briggs Parent 24th Sep 2019 24th Sep 2021 Standards

The Mease

Yr2 link

SEND link