Welcome to the Governors section of Sunnyside Spencer Academy. I do hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and learning more about us.

In this section you will find out more about who we are and the work of the Local Governing Body at our School. It's important to understand what it is the Governors of our school do and the simplest way to describe is taken from the Department for Education's Governance Handbook:


The core functions of a Governing Body are:


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 In addition, we:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
  • Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Head of School.
  • Agree the school's improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budges and staffing structures.
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Head of School, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school  improvement strategy.
  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.


As Governors we play a crucial role in supporting and maintaining high expectations, achievement and outcomes for all of our children and staff. Whilst our role is largely strategic, it is important that we know our school well and as such we undertake regular school visits, gather data and information, as well as attending a wide range of different events, both within school and outside school hours. It is important that we are supportive yet challenging so that the school is able to continue on its positive journey.

In order for the governing body to be effective, we recognise the need to have regular CPD opportunities. We undertake training to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information, both locally and nationally.

As the governing body, we have created a monitoring plan for 2016 – 2017. This supports the whole school priorities identified in the school development plan This is outlined below...


Summer 2018 Focus

  • Looking at the budget for 2018-2019 and our longer-term budget predictions.
  • Ensuring that our staffing structure is fit for purpose in 2018/19.
  • Analysing the exam results later in July, along with the impact of additional funding streams to support attainment.
  • Reviewing the progress made against the school improvement plan and what needs to be carried forward into 2018-2019.
  • Looking at the use of Hegarty maths and the impact that this is having on children's learning.
  • Looking at the wellbeing of children and staff in school; what the school does to support this and what could be done to improve the wellbeing of children and staff at Sunnyside.
  • Reviewing outdoor provision at school, how this improves children's learning and wellbeing and what could be done to improve outdoor provision at Sunnyside.
  • Considering how behaviour for learning is promoted at school and ensuring that everyone feels safe in school. 

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