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.

Mayflower Community Academy became part of the Learning Academies Trust on 1 October 2018.

The Learning Academies Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its academies. However, the Trust Board have agreed within their scheme of delegation that many decisions can and should be delegated to the local governing bodies. Details of the trustees and their attendance records can be viewed here.

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 a file of business 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?

If you wish to make contact with the Local Governing Body you can email them at the following email address:

Name Governor Type Date of Appointment Term Ends Appointed By Register of Interests Attendance
David Walters Chair Co-Opted 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Local Governing Body None Declared 6/6
Natalie Berry Parent 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Elected by Parents None Declared 5/6
David Sammels Headteacher 07/11/2018 Learning Academies Trust Family Link to Larry Speare Ltd 6/6
Rachele Greco Parent 20/01/2021 19/01/2025 Elected by Parents None Declared 4/4
Colin Doctor Co-Opted 07/11/2018 06/11/2022 Local Governing Body None Declared 4/6
Ellie Hern Staff 22/01/2020 21/01/2024 Elected by Parents Phase Leader at Mayflower 5/6
Ross Wilcox Staff 15/09/2021 14/09/2025 Elected by Parents Class Teacher at Mayflower 0/0
Chris Warne Co-Opted 06/05/2020 05/05/2024 Local Governing Body Owner of Kaya Gallery 3/6
Jo Arscott Co-Opted 15/07/2020 14/07/2024 Local Governing Body None Declared 2/6
Nicky Howourth Co-Opted 24/11/2021 23/11/2025 Local Governing Body None Declared 0/0
Margaret Smith Clerk          

Historic Governors (left within last 12 months)

Name Governor Type Date of Appointment Stepped Down Appointed By Register of Interests
Jack Harman Co-Opted 18/11/2020 31/08/2021 Local Governing Body Co-Owner of Hutong Café