Springwell Learning Community


Governing Body

A message from Mr M Sanderson, Chair of Governors, Springwell Learning Community

michaelLike most schools/academies, Springwell Learning Community has a governing body which decides the direction in which the academies should go and how the available resources of money and staff should be used.  It monitors performance and challenges the Principal and his senior colleagues to make Springwell Learning Community the very best that it can be.

Our governors have a wide range of backgrounds and experience which they bring to this important role, and they meet frequently to look at all aspects of the life and work of Springwell Learning Community.  They work closely with the Principal, who is responsible for the day to day running of the 2 academies.  He is accountable to governors for how he does this, and regularly reports to them.

All the work of the governors has one simple aim: to make sure that Springwell Learning Community continues to provide the highest standard of education and care for all our pupils and students, so that they have the best life chances we can give them.



Meet the Team

Michael Sanderson – Chair of Governors

Michael has served on various governing bodies in Barnsley, and helped form the Barnsley Governors Association.  He is a National Leader of Governance.  Having trained as a statistician, Michael worked for nearly 40 years in local government, in a wide range of roles.  He links with Dave Whitaker, Executive Principal in relation to Leadership and Management, and the strategic role of Teaching School Alliance.

Ben FinleyBen Finley – Vice Chair

Ben is the Service Manager for BMBC’s Youth Offending Team and has worked with young people in the criminal justice system for over 15 years.  His governor responsibility in the academy is Behaviour & Community and he links with Sarah Storer, Assistant Principal.  Some of the areas they cover are attendance, pupil voice, whole community pastoral support and parenting.

Sue HambySue Hamby

Sue is a retired Barnsley headteacher and retains an interest in education at Springwell Learning Community.  She links with Verity Watts, the Executive Vice Principal for the responsibility of Teaching and Learning and this covers areas such as developing pedagogy, staff development/training and performance development.

Chris Parkes Chris Parkes

Chris is a retired Chartered Educational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working in schools,
supporting families, pupils and school staff  in the area of Special Educational Needs.  She links with Paul Cadman, Assistant Principal for the area of Standards & Achievement (KS4).  This role covers data and assessment, monitoring pupil progress and accreditation.

 Philippa PenmanPhillipa Penman

Philippa is a staff governor whose role within Springwell is Associate Senior Leader (Whole Community Literacy) and covers the areas of aspirant teachers, quality assurance and performance development.


Paula Taylor-McCoolPaula Taylor-McCool 

Paula has worked in and around education for the last 20 years supporting young people in informal education through youth work.  She links with Michelle Sault, Assistant Principal for the Alternative Academy  and covers areas of Dispersed Learning; admissions/re-integrations, curriculum and mental health/therapy.

Jenny DavisJenny Davis

Jenny is a staff governor and links with both Keren Harben for Commissioned Services and Mick Tinch for Safeguarding.  She works at Springwell as Borough Services Manager and has extensive experience in the field of Behaviour and Attendance and has previously worked on the senior leadership team for BMBC’s Education Welfare Service.

Mick TinchMick Tinch

Mick is the Service Manager for BMBC’s Social Care Service with over 25 years’ experience of promoting the wellbeing of and positive outcomes for children and their families.  Mick links up with Jenny Davies, Borough Services Manager and covers all aspects of Safeguarding.


Keren HarbenKeren Harben

Keren is Service Manager for the Education Welfare Service for BMBC and has worked with children and families for almost 25 years.  She is the borough’s lead on policy, practice and legislation regarding school attendance and safeguarding. Keren links with Jenny Davis, Borough Services Manager on Commissioned Services which includes EOTAS, elective home education and multi-agency liaison.


Cllr TattersallCllr Tattersall

Sarah Jane is a local elected member of BMBC.  She has knowledge of schools procedures and achievements.  Her link with Danny Ross, Assistant Principal covers the area of Standards & Achievement Lower School and encompasses strategic IT, ICT pedagogy development and learning environments.


Chris Webb

Chris is the Principal of Barnsley College and joined our Governing Body in September 2015.  Chris has worked at Barnsley College for more than four years and was previously the Deputy Principal for Finance and Development.   He has 18 years’ experience in the education industry and before moving to Barnsley College worked as Deputy Principal at South Thames College and Director of School at Newcastle College. Chris links with Andrew Pursglove, our Business Manager, for the area of Business and Finance.


Local Governing Body minutes are available by contacting the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01226 720741 or emailing  s.corbett@wellspringacademies.org.uk


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