Local Governing Body

Governance at Mayflower – Local Governing Body


Welcome to the Local Governor’s page for Mayflower Community Academy. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about ourselves, our roles and our aims.


Our Local Governing Body comprises up to eleven governors, all of whom bring different skills to governance.


Local governors are volunteers who give their time, diverse skills and commitment to meet to discuss standards and support and challenge the school leadership. The Local Governing Body also contributes to Ofsted inspections.


Our aim:


To be an effective board in challenging and supporting the school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and our statutory responsibilities are met.


We endeavour to do this by:


  • Holding six meetings per year
  • Appointing a clerk to record our work
  • Electing a Chair and Vice Chair
  • Advising all parents of any parent vacancies, all staff of staff vacancies and looking to appoint members of the community as co-opted governors
  • Adopting, reviewing, approving and monitoring the Academy Improvement Plan
  • Noting term dates for the academic year and agreeing the non-pupil days
  • Receiving Headteacher reports three time per year
  • Reviewing and monitoring examination/national test results
  • Reviewing the level of exclusions
  • Receive reports on pupil achievements
  • Have an overview of the quality of teaching and learning in the school
  • Review the effectiveness of curriculum arrangements
  • Monitoring attendance of pupils and staff
  • Review and determine impact of Pupil Premium
  • Ensure governors communicate the view of the Local Governing Body to the CEO
  • Inducting new governors to the local governing body
  • Visiting school to see how strategies are being delivered in school
  • Reviewing, adopting and monitoring the procedures for dealing with complaints
  • Annually elect local governors for the following responsibilities: – English, Mathematics, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), Safeguarding (including Child Protection and Looked After Children), Early Years and Pupil Premium
  • Maintaining and updating annually a file of pecuniary interest declarations
  • Organising support and training for governors


As you can see there is a great deal expected of all local governing bodies, which is why it is important that responsibilities are shared.


For more information about becoming a school governor, please contact the Chair of the Local Governing Body via the school office to see if there are any vacancies.


Who is on our Local Governing Body?


Mr David Walters (Co-opted) – Chair of Governors


Mrs Natalie Berry (Parent) – Vice Chair


Dr Colin Doctor (Co-opted)


Mr David Sammels (Headteacher)


Mr Will Amery (Co-opted)


Mr Chris Warne (Co-opted)


Mrs Jo Arscott (Co-opted)


Mrs Toni Steele (Parent)


Miss Ellie Bailey (Staff)


Miss Helen Jennings (Staff)


Clerk to the Local Governing Body: Margaret Smith


If you wish to make contact with the Local Governing Body you can email them at the following email address: chair@mayfloweracademy.org


Governor Roles, Responsibilities and Terms of Office


Name Governor Type Date of Appointment Term Ends Appointed By Responsibilities Register of Interests Attendance
2018/19
2019/20
2020/21
Colin Doctor Co-Opted 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Local Governing Body Maths None Declared 6/7
5/5
1/1
David Sammels Headteacher 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Learning Academies Trust   Family Link to Larry Speare Ltd 6/7
5/5
1/1
David Walters Co-Opted 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Local Governing Body Chair of LGB
Pupil Premium
None Declared 7/7
5/5
1/1
Natalie Berry Parent 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Elected by Parents Safeguarding None Declared 5/7
4/5
1/1
Toni Steele Parent 15/07/2020 14/07/2024 Elected by Parents SEND None Declare 0/0
2/2
0/1
Helen Jennings Staff 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Elected by Staff   Deputy Headteacher 7/7
4/5
1/1
Ellie Bailey Staff 22/01/2020 21/01/2024 Elected by Staff   Phase Leader at Mayflower 0/0
2/4
1/1
Chris Warne Co-Opted 06/05/2020 05/05/2024 Local Governing Body   Owner of Kaya Gallery 0/0
2/2
1/1
Will Amery Co-Opted 06/05/2020 05/05/2024 Local Governing Body English Director of Roake Studio 0/0
2/2
1/1
Jo Arscott Co-Opted 15/07/2020 14/07/2024 Local Governing Body   None Declared 0/0
1/1
0/1
Vacancy              
Margaret Smith Clerk