The Governors of Springfields Academy are a highly qualified and professional team of volunteers with a wide range of relevant skills and life experiences. They play a critical role in improving the outcomes of our pupils, academically, socially and emotionally to maximise their life chances.

Governors have three key roles:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils.
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure the money is well spent.

The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the effective management of the Academy. However, it is the role of the Headteacher to make detailed decisions with regard to the day to day running of the Academy.

Full Governing Body meetings are held four times a year and individual Policy Groups (Finance, Leadership & Management, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Safety) meet frequently throughout the year. A file containing minutes of our meetings is held at the Academy and can be viewed in term time by arrangement.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school or through the Clerk to the Governors on

Reach South Articles of Association

Academy Governance details and register of interests

Governing Body Relevant Experience
ngibson Mrs L.C.T. Gibson (Ninna)
Chair of Governors
Trust Appointed Governor
MA Economics Cambridge
Mercury Asset Management
Magistrate – Chair in both Adult and Youth Courts
Chair, Savernake Teenagers Charity.
jnorton Mrs J Norton (Jilly)
Co-Opted Governor
BA in Business Studies
PGCE in 2004
Taught at Royal High School, Bath, Stroud High School, Archway School and Farmors School
dstevens Dr D Stevens (David)
Trust Appointed Governor
RAF Medical Branch 1975-96
Consultant in Adult Psychiatry
Qualified for General Practice 1984
bblair Mr B Blair (Bruce)
Trust Appointed Governor
MA Law, Cambridge
practicising barrister (QC) and Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division).
Formerly Head of Chambers at 1, Hare Court.
Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority Appeal Board.
Victoria Nye Mrs V Nye (Victoria)
Trust Appointed Governor
Director of Training and Education at the Investment Association with 30 years’ experience
Governor of St George’s Secondary School, Maida Vale, London for 10 years
Board member of Teacher Training Agency 2000-2006.
PPE Oxford University
Mr Owen Wolfe
Staff Elected Governor
 KS2/3 Teacher
Miss Liz Burns
Staff Elected Governor
Occupational Therapist
Bsc Occupational Therapy Hons
Member of Hcpc (Health, care and professionals council), BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapist), Sensory Integration Network, Children, Young People and Families Specialist section (BAOT)
 praby Mr Paul Raby
Parent Elected Governor
BSc Mathematics
MSc Information Systems
Software Architect/Principal Engineer at TIBCO
Leading internal technical training, Project planning and Supporting customers
Purchasing / procurement
Parent of children with ASD
rwhitworth Mrs R Whitworth (Rebecca)
Clerk to the Governors
Bursar’s Secretary, Wycliffe College 1990-1997
Head’s Secretary, Wycliffe College