Governing Body

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 The Mease Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, The Mease 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 The Mease 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 The Mease 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 Mease Local Governing Body

The full governing body meets once every half term.

The first meeting of each term focuses on:

  • Quality and Standards
  • Finance and Resources


The second meeting of each term includes:

Academy updates

  • Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance
  • Communications
  • Principal’s Report
  • Academy Development
  • Policies



  • Quality and Standards updates
  • Finance and Resources updates
  • Governing Body Membership and Links
  • Training


Members of the Local Governing Body

Governor Term of Office started Term of Office finishes Role Pecuniary Interests Attendance 21 -22 Attendance 22 23
Dawn Bentley September 2021 September 2025 Community Governor


Behaviour and Attitudes,

Safeguarding Link

None Attended all meetings to date Attended 2 out of 3 meetings to date
Laura Briggs September 2019 September 2023 Parent Governor



Husband works at the school Attended all meetings Attended 2 out of 3 meetings to date
Jules Gordon September 2021 September 2025 Membership


Vice Chair of Governors


Quality of Education

None Attended all meetings Attended all meetings to date
Julia Hart September 2019 Principal None Attended all meetings Attending all meetings to date
Terry Irvine September 2019 September 2023 Community Governor


Chair of Governors


Leadership and Management

Wife works for the SAT Attended 5 out of 6 meetings Attended all meetings to date
Pete Williams September 2021 September 2025 Community Governor


Personal Development,

Pupil Premium, Sports Premium

Wife works at the school Attended all meetings to date Attended all meetings to date


Clerk to Governors:  Mrs Hayley Ellis (School Administrator)