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Welcome to Sunnyside Spencer Academy!

Everything we do at Sunnyside is about providing our children with an excellent education and enriching experiences to promote a love of learning. Our aim for our school community is for all to grow and shine! 

We think Sunnyside is a very special place to be because of our wonderful children. We strive to provide the very highest standards of education within a caring, exciting and stimulating environment. We want our children to be excited by the curriculum and challenged to achieve their full potential. We want our children to enjoy their learning and feel valued. By working closely with our parents and governors, we ensure that all our children have an excellent start to their educational journey. 


Sunnyside is a community that:

  •  Is aspirational and successful in meeting high expectations.
  • Promotes happiness through being kind, supportive and empathetic towards others.
  • Together will achieve independent life long learners.
  • Provides a nurturing environment which develops positive, tolerant, resilient citizens.
  •  Enriches the lives of all. 


 We hope that our website captures the spirit of Sunnyside and the rich and varied opportunities children receive at our school. 

Parents/Carers are warmly welcomed to come in and help so please drop in and chat to a member of staff.

Shamara Sadler (Principal)

Challenge Partners - Quality Assurance Visit 2015-2016

Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led national network of schools that improves school performance through peer-to- peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each school in Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance (QA) Review. The QA Review is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the partnership. The review has a whole-school remit and focuses on teaching and learning, which enables practitioners to have deep conversations about the quality of learning in the school being reviewed.

Our Challenge Partners Quality Assurance Review in November 2016 found many positive indicators. We are proud of our achievements and our positive journey was recognised and celebrated. We are currently awaiting our first Ofsted Inspection as Sunnyside Spencer Academy.

We are pleased to say that 'Pupil Leadership' was confirmed as our Area of Excellent Practice. One of our School Development Plan Key Aims is to continue to develop high quality leadership at every level; our pupils are no exception to this! They are active members of our school community, making sure that Sunnyside shines every day.


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Miss Silje Bertjelson - Teacher

I am a staff governor and I have worked for Sunnyside Spencer Academy since 2015. I have experience of teaching varies year groups, in both KS1 and KS2 and I am currently the Y2 teacher.

I am also a designated person for Safeguarding and Sunnyside and I am committed to children’s welfare, safety and happiness.

I am part of the leadership group for Global and Cultural subjects including, history, geography and RE and I am also responsible for developing and promoting writing in KS1. In addition to this, I am leading the Glee Club/Choir in school.

I am fairly new to the Governor role and I look forward to being involved in improving the school and learning for our children even further.

The Governing Body at Sunnyside Spencer Academy are…

Committed - Devoting the required time and energy to the role and ambitious to achieve best possible outcomes for the children and pupils. We are prepared to give time, skills and knowledge to developing ourselves and others in order to create highly effective governance.

Confident - Of an independent mind, able to lead and contribute to courageous conversations, express opinion and play an active role on the board.

Curious - Possessing an enquiring mind and an analytical approach and understanding the value of meaningful questioning.

Challenging - Providing appropriate challenge to the status quo, not taking information or data at face value and always driving for improvement.

Collaborative - Prepared to listen to and work in partnership with others and understanding the importance of building strong working relationships within the board and with executive leaders, staff, parents and carers, pupils/students, the local community and Spencer Academy Trust.

Critical - Understanding the value of critical friendship which enables both challenge and support, and self reflective, pursing learning and development opportunities to improve our own and whole board effectiveness.

Creative - Able to challenge conventional wisdom and be open-minded about new approaches to problem solving; recognising the value of innovation and creative thinking to organisational development and success.


Clerking Competency Framework

Introduced in April 2017 the new Clerking Competency Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide a professional Clerking service to the Governors.

Four competency areas covered in the new Framework are:

  • Understanding Governance
  • Administration
  • Advice and Guidance
  • People and Relationships

The new Framework recognizes the value of professional quality clerks and realises they are critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.

To read the full framework, please click here.

Fri Sep 21 @12:00AM
Jeans for Genes Day
Tue Sep 25 @12:00AM
EYFS Breakfast with a Book
Tue Sep 25 @12:00AM
EYFS Breakfast with a Book
Wed Sep 26 @12:00AM
Y5 & Y6 Hagg Farm Residential Trip
Wed Sep 26 @12:00AM
Y5 & Y6 Hagg Farm Trip
Thu Sep 27 @12:00AM
Y5 & Y6 Hagg Farm Residential Trip
Thu Sep 27 @12:00AM
Y5 & Y6 Hagg Farm Trip
Fri Sep 28 @12:00AM
Y5 & Y6 Hagg Farm Residential Trip
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