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

Articles of Association

Memorandum of Association

Academy Governance details and register of interests

Governing Body Policy         Relevant Experience
ngibson Mrs L.C.T. Gibson (Ninna)
Chair of Governors
Trust member
Group 1 MA Economics Cambridge
Mercury Asset Management
Magistrate – Chair in both Adult and Youth Courts
Chair, Savernake Teenagers Charity.
jnorton Mrs J Norton (Jilly)
Vice Chair of Governors
Group 1
Group 3
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)
Chair Group 2
Wellbeing (staff)
Group 2
Group 3
RAF Medical Branch 1975-96
Consultant in Adult Psychiatry
Qualified for General Practice 1984
jradford Mrs J Radford (Jacqui)
Group 2 Calne Multi Agency Forum
Sexual Health for Young People
Family and Parenting Support
jwoodman Mrs J Woodman (Joan)
Chair Group 1
Group 1 Retired Clinical Nurse specialist
Governor of primary and John Bentley Schools
Independent Monitoring Board of Erlestoke Prison
tchurch Mr T Church (Tim)
Health and Safety
Group 4 Qualified as Chartered Surveyor in 1971
Practiced with Tilley and Noad, Black Horse Agencies, Alder King and Strakers
bblair Mr B Blair (Bruce)
Group 1 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.
Mrs Davies - Gov Mrs A Davies-Potter (Ammy)
Group 2
Group 3
Senior Mistress, St Mary’s Calne
DSL i/c Pastoral care
HOD – Psychology
Previous boarding schools experience
bgiffordtaylor Mr B Giffard-Taylor (Barrie)
Co-opted member of Group 4
Group 4 Royal Marines
Chartered Accountant
Founder, Wiltshire Radio
Victoria Nye Mrs V Nye (Victoria)
Chair of Group 4
Group 3
Group 4
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 Governor
 KS2/3 Teacher
Miss Liz Burns
Staff 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 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
Policy Groups
Group 1 – Leadership and Management
Group 2 – Behaviour and Safety
Group 3 – Teaching and Learning
Group 4 – Finance and Premises