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Mayflower Community Academy

Local Governors

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 the 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 to see if there are any vacancies.

Who is on our Local Governing Body?


Local Governor Type

Date of Appointment

Terms Ends

Appointed By

Register of interests

Attendance 2022/23

Attendance 2023/24

David Walters  Co-Opted 07/11/2018 15/11/2026 LGB None declared 3/6 4/4
Natalie Berry Parent 07/11/2018 15/11/2026 Parents None declared 5/6 4/4
David Sammels Headteacher 07/11/2018   LAT Family Link-Larry Speare 6/6 4/4
Colin Doctor Co-opted 07/11/2018 15/11/2026 LGB None declared 5/6 2/4
Shane Mules Staff Governor 31/01/2024 30/01/2028 Staff TA, MCA N/A 2/2
Ross Wilcox Staff Governor 15/09/2021 14/09/2025 Staff Teacher, MCA 6/6 2/4
Mick Brian  Vice Chair | Parent Governor 16/11/2022 15/11/2026 Parents None declared 4/5 2/4
Philip Rolt Chair | Co-opted 15/03/2023 14/03/2027 LGB Head of Consultancy and Training, Optimus Education 3/3 4/4
Vacancy Co-opted            
Vacancy Co-opted            
Rachele Greco Associate 16/11/2022 15/11/2023 LGB None 6/6 4/4
Margaret Smith Clerk Ongoing Ongoing LAT None declared 6/6 4/4











Historic Governors who have left within the last 12 months

Name Governor Type Date of Appointment Stepped Down Appointed By Register of Interests 
Ellie Hern Staff 22/01/2020 31/08/2023 Staff Phase Leader, MCA



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

Local Governors as Challenge and Support Partners

Our Local Governor members engage in every aspect of school life. They support and challenge Senior Leaders to provide the very best service for pupils and their families. To learn more about how Governors are quality assuring school development, click on the two images below to follow our Local Governors approach to monitoring and quality assurance. These clips focus on subject leadership and curriculum development. 

Local Governors recently took part in a remote look at how curriculum is impacting on pupil outcomes and enjoyment for school. Click on the image below to watch a clip of how they questioned and explored curriculum intent, implementation and impact, as well as got to better understand life at Mayflower. The image leads to a clip that demonstrates how Governors work in partnership with wider colleagues (from the Learning Academies Trust) to challenge and support what goes on in school. This work, whilst rigorous in nature, is carried out in the spirit of Mayflower’s, ‘Together we can…’ tag line. 

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