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Nominations for Parent Governor - September 2018


The governing body of your school has 1 vacancy for a parent governor and is looking for parents who have children at the school. The term ‘parent’ relates to any person who has ‘parental responsibility’ as defined by the Section 576 of the Education Act 1996.  If you have any queries about your eligibility as a parent, please contact the Principal for further advice.

We are looking for parents who have the skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. Your skills may include personal attributes, qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and develop new skills.

Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters which come under three main headings:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn.

The governing body of Sparken Hill Academy, would specifically welcome nomination from parents with the following skills:

  • Previous Governor experience
  • Childcare / Education background
  • Commercial / Legal / Legal knowledge


As an effective governing body, we seek to secure or develop within our membership as a whole, expertise and experience in:


  • Analysing performance data,
  • Budgeting and driving financial efficiency,
  • Performance management and employment issues, including grievances.


We seek to recruit and/or develop governors with the skills to work constructively in committees, chair meetings and to lead the governing body.

Our parent governors serve a four year term of office (even if your child leaves the school during this time).  We meet three times a year as a whole governing body and have 2 further main committees who usually meet 1-2 times per term.  There is an expectation within our code of conduct that each governor will become a member of a committee and will take on additional responsibilities as a link governor.  Should you wish to see a copy of this Code of Conduct, please contact the Principal.


We offer a full induction package, a mentoring system and availability of in-house, central and on-line training packages.  We also offer the opportunity for prospective governors to meet the chair/vice chair/other governors to discuss the role/attend a governing body meeting as an observer before completing a nomination form.


Parents/carers from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, and with disabilities, are usually under-represented on governing bodies and in the County. The school would like to encourage nominations from under-represented groups in our community.

All new and re-appointed school governors are required to complete a declaration of eligibility form. 


If you are interested, associated documents are included below. Alternatively if you would like to pop in for a chat, please ring the office on 01909 534060 and make an appointment. 

Application deadline - 5th October 2018 (10.00am).

Welcome to the Governors' Section!
School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Principal
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupil behaviour
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
  • Staff recruitment and retention

We are incredibly fortunate to have a fantastic team of governors who have a real energy, enthusiasm and desire to help provide our children with the best possible education.

Board of Members and Board of Trustees (Governors)

The board of Members of Sparken Hill Academy Trust is made up of three Members who meet three times a year to review and develop the Academy's strategic and financial direction.


Sparken Hill  Academy Trust Members

Mrs Sue Cutts

Mr Phil Gawthorpe

Mr John Hemshall

The board of Trustees of Sparken Hill Academy Trust is made up of twelve Trustees who meet three times per year as a main body of Trustees (Governing Body).

Three main sub-committees meet three times per year and feed back to the main body of Trustees.



The constitution states that the Governing Body should be made up as follows:


1 x Principal

2 x Staff

2 x Parent

3 x Co-opted

2 x Partnership

2 x Community


Current Governors





Mr Richard Lilley



Mrs Emma Rodgers


Vice Principal

Mrs Marion (Sue) Cutts


Member/Chair of Governors

Mr Philip Gawthorpe


Member/Chair of SIP Committee

Mr John Hemshall


Member/Chair of F&P & Audit Committee

Councillor John Shephard






Mrs Annette Phillipson


Vice Chair of SIP Committee

Mrs Tracey Padley



Mrs Sue Sparks



Mr Matthew Burnell



Mrs Clare Middleton






Mr Clive Richardson

Safeguarding & Safer Recruitment

Mr Philip Gawthorpe

Performance Management

Mr John Hemshall / Mrs Marion Cutts / Mr Philip Gawthorpe

Complaints Governor

Mrs Marion Cutts




Link governors meet with monitoring team leaders approximately once per term. A report is presented to the governor(s) at this meeting. Feedback is then presented to the full governing body via termly committee or full governors meeting.

  • SEN Mrs Marion Cutts
  • Safeguarding Mr Philip Gawthorpe
  • Looked After Children Mr Philip Gawthorpe
  • Safer Recruitment Mr Richard Lilley / Mrs Marion Cutts / Mr Philip Gawthorpe
  • I.C.T Mrs Marion Cutts
  • Health & Safety Mrs Annette Phillipson
  • Academy Council Mrs Annette Phillipson
  • FST / Extended Services Mr Philip Gawthorpe
  • Literacy Mrs Clare Middleton
  • Numeracy Mr John Hemshall
  • Creativity Councillor John Shephard
  • Key Systems Mrs Marion Cutts
  • Attendance Mr Marion Cutts



Register of Business Interests

Members and members have a legal duty to act only in the interests of the academy. Where a situation arises in which they cannot do this due to a personal interest they have, steps should be taken to identify, prevent and record the conflict. This ensures that Members/Trustees are acting only in the best interest of the academy. Members and Trustees complete a Declaration of Business Interests on an annual basis. The declaration confirms that each Member/Trustee confirms that they have read the notes of guidance and are aware of the requirements of the Department of Education Academy Handbook.

Members/Trustees are asked if they have connections/membership/shares in companies etc. as explained in the notes of guidance, which have a direct business interest in the academy.

Members/Trustees are also asked if they have any other business interests as explained in the note of guidance.


Mr R Lilley - family member employed by BTA – a provider of students to the trust

Mrs M Cutts - family member employed by the trust

Mrs V Dashper - family member provides a paid service to school

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