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Governing Body

Strong and effective governance underpins the most effective academies. Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to supporting the highest quality of governance in all its academies.
Our local governing body (LGB) is, in effect, a sub-committee of the Trust Board. The Wellspring board expects members of each LGB to govern and to conduct themselves according to the seven principles of public life and requires governors to accept and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

There are three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction at school level and with reference to the Trust
  • Holding the leadership at all levels to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is well spent.


Wellspring Governance


Wellspring Annual Accounts


Copies of all minutes from Governing Body meetings are available on request from the Clerk to the Governors. Please ring the school number to request.

Local Governing Body Attendance 2019-2020


Declaration of Interests 2020-2021


If you wish to contact the Governors please telephone the school or email on

Springwell Learning Community – Local Governing Body

The schools’ individual Governing Body was disbanded in February 2020 and a new single over-arching governing body for Springwell Learning Community and Greenacre was formed. All Governors complete a four year term of office except ex-officio members who remain on the Governing Body for the duration of their post. The members of the Springwell/Greenacre Governing Body are:


George Wild

Trust Appointed- April 2017

George has worked for over 40 years in a variety of roles within a Local, UK and International Engineering Group specialising in the Finance, HR, IT and Company Secretarial areas. Strong links to charitable and community organisations. Currently George is Chair at Greenacre and the designated Link Governor for Business and Finance.

Jackie McCabe

Parent Governor
Appointed – April 2017

Jacqueline is a retired solicitor who dealt with family and care matters and is now a foster carer; she has fostered a number of children of different ethnicity, ages and disabilities over the last 10 years. She helps run a local play group and feels passionate about the need to support all our schools to ensure each child can achieve their best outcomes.


Elaine Padgett

Staff Governor
Appointed – April 2017

As a parent Elaine has always been actively involved with her children’s education and was a committee member at their pre-school before eventually becoming chair. Her role was working alongside staff, parents and other professionals such as the Local Authority and Ofsted. Before Elaine came to work at Greenacre School she was the manager of a pre-school/out of school Club working closely with the ‘Board of Trustees’ around policies/procedures, safeguarding and child protection. She is a lead teaching assistant within the Family Team at Greenacre School and an elected staff governor.


Cllr Sarah Jane Tattersall

Trust Appointed – December 18 (Transferred February 2020)

Sarah Jane is a local elected member of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. She has knowledge of school procedures and achievements.


Laura Leithgoe

Staff Governor
Appointed – February 19 (Transferred February 2020)

Laura works as a Teacher at Springwell Learning Community. Laura works as a Teacher at Springwell Learning Community.


Eileen Sanderson

Trust appointed Governor
Appointed- November 2020

She is a retired Methodist Minister who has wide experience in education as a Primary School Teacher, Adult Educator, and in Youth Work management and training. She has been involved in school governance in both Primary and Secondary spheres for many years, but is new to Special Education. She is passionate about social justice and the need to address the glaring inequalities, including those in education, across our country and our world.


Mark Wood

Ex Officio Member

Mark wood is the Chief Finance Officer at Wellspring Academy Trust. Having previously been the Business Director at Greenacre, Mark knows the school well and sits on the board deputising for the CEO of the Wellspring Academy Trust.


Sarah Wilson

Ex Officio Member

As the Executive Headteacher of the school Sarah sits on the governing body.
Sarah joined Greenacre in April 2020 and leads the newly formed Special Provision Partnership that includes Greenacre, Springwell Learning Community and Joseph Norton Academy in Kirklees.


Governors Serving in the last 12 Months:

Louise Hinchcliffe – Trust Appointed Governor – Appointed February 2019 (Federated January 2020); Stepped Down 21st August 2020
Matthew Welsh – Trust Appointed Governor – Appointed July 2019 (Federated January 2020); Stepped Down 26th June 2020
Ben Finley – Trust Appointed Vice-Chair – Appointed December 2018 (Federated February 2020); Stepped Down 1st September 2020

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