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Our Governors

January 2018

It is an exciting time for Spires Academy.  After many years of working to improve the quality of provision we provide our students, in May 2017 we were graded as a ‘Good’ School by Ofsted.  This was due to the commitment, hard work and belief from all our community – students, staff and parents.

Over the last year, the Sponsors and Trustees have been reviewing our vision and considering what the next stage of our journey should be. It is important that this reflects not only our needs, but also the local and national agenda.

The Academy Vision remains firmly as:

“A Small School with a Big Heart

Achieving Excellence Together”

Spires Academy provides a high quality, inspirational learning environment.

Everyone is supported to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to reach their full academic potential.

Our students are confident, resilient individuals who play a positive part in the community they live. Learning is enjoyable and seen as a lifelong process.

 

We are committed to ensuring our students leave us with the qualifications and the qualities they need to be successful. As a single, small standalone Academy in an education world where funding is increasingly being cut, we are extremely vulnerable. We have always been a school that is outward facing and enjoys working in partnerships with others. Our work with the East Kent Schools Together (EKST) group provides opportunities for both staff and students and has built on the excellent work we have developed with The King’s School Canterbury.

The future is very much about groups of schools working together and supporting each other. As a consequence, we have decided to merge with another Trust. It was critical to us to find the right partners that shared our vision and beliefs and who put the students at the centre of what they do.

In January 2018 Spires Academy joined Education for the 21st Century (E21C) a trust that has an exceptional reputation and is expanding from its hub in south east London.  The vision for Spires Academy is to establish a new hub in Kent of approximately 8 or 9 Primary and Secondary Schools over the next two to three years.

At the heart of E21C’s philosophy is the importance of the ‘whole child’ rather than just their academic achievements; this perfectly complements Spires’ own ethos, whereby each and every student’s needs are understood and they are encouraged to be the best they can be.

The Company accounts and Trustee report for year ending 31st August 2017 for the Spires Academy Trust can be found by following the link below:

 

Spires Academy Trustee Report and Audited Accounts 2016/17

 

The Local Governing Body from 1st January 2018

The Spires Academy Local Governing Body works as a team and is at the heart of how the school operates. It is responsible for monitoring that the school provides a good quality education and is continually raising educational standards. The Governing Body also encourages and supports effective ways of teaching and learning when reviewing the school aims and policies. This is done together with the Principal, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

In addition to the Governing Body’s main role of helping raise pupils’ standards of achievement, we also:

  • support the school in its strategic direction
  • are accountable for monitoring the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • monitor that a balanced and broad curriculum is taught
  • review how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • monitor that the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs
  • oversee the implementation of policies on a wide range of school issues and monitor their effectiveness
  • act as a ‘critical friend’, supporting and constructively challenging senior management by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what’s best for the school

Who is the Governing Body?

The current Governing Body is made up of:

Name

Position

Mr David McKivett

Chair

Lady Lisa Laws

Vice Chair

Chair of Staff & Student Welfare Committee

Ms Ursula Fuller

Chair of Standards Committee

Mr Hugh Robinson

Chair of the Finance Committee

Mr Mark Bryant

Parent Governor

Mrs Jo Bellenie

Staff Governor

Mrs Leisha McKechnie

Governor

Mrs Jayne Gould

Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Worthington

Governor

 

How does the Governing Body perform its role?

A Spires Academy, the Governing Body fulfils these roles through meeting both as a full board at least three times a year to review the priorities and as sub committees focused on Academic Standards; Student and Staff Welfare and Finance and Resources.  They regularly visit the School and meet with students, staff and parents to help them in their role.

Governors Attendance Register 2016/2017

Governors Attendance Register 2017/2018

Register of Business Interest Terms of Office