Governing Body

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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 allow the school to work effectively and appropriately.

As a member school within a multi-academy trust, responsibility for the governance of Rushcliffe Spencer Academy ultimately lies with the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Rushcliffe has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.

The powers defining the legal relationship between Rushcliffe 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 Rushcliffe Spencer can be found here.
  • The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
  • Copies of other Trust governance documents are available here.


The Rushcliffe Local Governing Body

The Chair of Governors at Rushcliffe is Fiona Pearson. She can be contacted in writing via the school office or by email via

The members of the Local Governing Body are as follows:

Name Type Responsibility

Charlene Bernard

Community Governor


Ian Cranefield

Community Governor


Mark Henebury

Community Governor

David Lodge

Community Governor

Sophie Morris

Staff Governor

Damian Painton


Fiona Pearson

Community Governor


Ian Redfearn

Community Governor

Health & Safety

Deryck Shepherd

Community Governor

Matthew Varley

Community Governor


The Register of Pecuniary & Business Interests can be viewed here.

Governor attendance to meetings 2019-20 can be viewed here.

Governor attendance to meetings 2020-21 can be viewed here.