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 Chetwynd Spencer ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Chetwynd 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 Chetwynd 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 Chetwynd Spencer Academy can be found here.
  • The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
  • A copy of other Trust governance documents are available here.


Local Governing Body 

Our Chair of Governors, Emily Brown, can be contacted via our Clerk to Governors, Claire McMillan at or via the school office.  Please note that as set out in the Spencer Academies Trust Complaints Policy, Governors do not deal with concerns or complaints about the Academy.

  • Emily Brown, Chair of Governors
  • Lorraine Tonks, Principal
  • Phil Cooper
  • Tracey West
  • Mandy Keetley
  • Chin Nagaraja, Parent Governor
  • Laura Richmond, Parent Governor
  • Lauren Holmes, Co-opted Governor
  • Ollie O’Sullivan, Sponsor Governor
  • Sara Smith
  • Richard Turner