National Leader of Governance Status – July 2017

As the Chair of Governors at Portland, I am very proud to have been awarded the status of National Leader of Governance (NLG). This follows an excellent Ofsted inspection in January and outstanding results for our children this summer.

The NLG status is awarded to Chairs who have been able to demonstrate their contribution and impact on school improvement in their schools. It will mean that I am now asked to support other governing bodies with their development in helping them to become effective governors. The school will also receive a small amount of funding £2,000 which will be used for supporting governance.

World-Class Governance

World-class governance is essential for continuous and sustainable improvement – more so today than ever before. There is now greater scrutiny on governance and it is our aim to have world-class governance at Portland Spencer Academy. We are working hard to achieve this aim by ensuring that we have the right skills; that we access high quality training; that we know our school well through our monitoring role and that we provide effective and appropriate support and challenge to the school.


Ofsted Inspection - Click here to view the report

We are delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted Inspection in January 2017. The Inspectors said about the governance of the school:

  • "Governors contribute effectively to the culture to excel that is established across the school leadership team."
  • "Governors have a detailed understanding of the school's strength and areas for development. They share the relentless drive to continue to improve the quality of teaching and progress for all pupils."
  • "The governing body is well organized and uses governors' skills and expertise effectively to add value to overall leadership. The governors assiduously test out and scrutinise the wide range of information they receive. This allows them to hold school leaders effectively to account and to improve outcomes for all pupils."



Mrs Jill Wilkinson

Chair of Governors (Appointed: 1 May 2015)

Ms Stacey Parkes

Safeguarding Governor (Appointed: 1 February 2014)

Mr Steve Follows

Health & Safety Governor (Appointed: 13 October 2015)

Mr David Kirkham

Finance Governor (Appointed: 5 April 2015)

Mrs Claire Dickinson

Parent Governor (Appointed: 22 September 2015)

Mrs Kate Green

Head of School (Appointed: 21 September 2015)

Ms Kayleigh Beers

Parent Governor (Appointed: 23 November 2016)


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