School Governors

Springbank Academy - Governance 

Governance Structure 


Members have a similar role to the shareholders of a company. The role of Members and Trustees are separate in order to achieve robust accountability. Members have ultimate control over the multi-academy trust, with the ability to:

  1. Amend the Articles of Association (AA’s).
  2. Appoint/remove/suspend existing Members.
  3. Appoint/remove/suspend existing Trustees.
  4. By special resolution, issue direction to Trustees to take a specific action.
  5. Appoint external auditors and receive/approve the financial statement and annual report.
  6. Change the name of the company and ultimately wind up the Academy Trust.


The Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors. Academy Trusts are charitable companies and the trustees must comply with company law requirements. Duties are largely the same as those of a governor of a maintained school. Trustees have responsibility for 3 core governance functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of visions, ethos and setting the strategic direction.
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  3. Ensuring effective financial performance.

Local Governing Body

Springbanks Governing Body meets weekly with our Senior Leadership Team for strategic 'catch up' and corporate decision making. Additionally to this the Local Governing Body meet 3 times a year to assure the highest quality provision, safeguarding and equality of opportunity for all pupils, and effective support and management of staff. Through formal reviews the Local Governing Body robustly considers school performance.

The Local Governing Body considers:

  1. The Academy Principal’s Report – self-evaluation against current OFSTED criteria and any other criteria set by the Local Governing Body or the Trust.
  2. Impact of key actions from the Academy Improvement Plan.
  3. Monitoring activities undertaken by the academy.
  4. Local and contextualised issues.
  5. Direction from the Trust Board. 






Here is some information about our governors:

Mrs Vaccari

Head Teacher





Julie Vaccari is the Headteacher governor and believes in a vision of excellence for all. Part of this is working closely with a skilled governing body to ensure all decision making is corporate.

Julie Vaccari has been the Headteacher of Springbank since April 2010. Julie is also a facilitator for NPQOnline supporting Senior Leaders and Headteachers in growing their national accreditations. She works with up to 50 schools per year both nationally and internationally. 



Mrs Caroline Cantwell


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Mr Bill Howard


IMG 1033



Mr Tony Harper

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Mr Mark Bayliss




Mrs Kerry Williams


SPN L17 0993



Miss Sara Dunn



Mrs Dawn Wigley

SPN L17 1000

Mrs Joanna Walton

SPN L17 1013 




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