Governing Body

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.

Name Roles Term
Mr Matt Jones Principal Ex-officio
Confidential Chair of Governors 21 September 2021 – 2025
Mr Wayne Judson Vice Chair & Community Governor 1 September 2013 – 2025
Mr Ian Miller Parent Governor 1 September 2021 – 2025
Mr Richard Havill Community Governor 1 January 2019 – 2023
Mrs Ruth Larsen Community Governor 28 June 2022 – 2026
Mr Lee Pratt Community Governor 28 June 2022 – 2026
Mrs Louise Boyles  Staff Governor 16 November 2021 – 2025


To contact the Chair of Governors please contact the Clerk to Governors directly at

Meeting Dates

AGM Tuesday 4 October 2022 5pm
Governors’ Meeting Tuesday 24 January 2023 5pm
Governors’ Meeting Tuesday 16 May 2023 5pm
Governors’ Meeting Tuesday 27 June 2023 5pm

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 awards events, end of year productions, celebratory events etc.

The core functions of a Governing Body are:

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.

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 budgets and staffing structures.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work fo 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.

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 Local Governing Body (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. The Chair has also undergone the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs. This also provides an opportunity for our Chair to network, learn and share with others across the region.

Governor Training

The following training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:

  • Safeguarding / FGM / Prevent / Safer recruitment
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – to keep abreast of latest legislation
  • Induction – Effective Governance – an induction refresher on the role of a school Governor
  • Inspection Dashboard – how to interpret performance data
  • Preparing for an external review/inspection
  • Conducting a school visit
  • Health and Safety – the role of Governors


The Trust has supported our school with memberships to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association (FASNA) networks to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.

Clerk 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.