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Governance

Effective governance with robust oversight and assurance enables confident, high-quality leadership. Governors oversee financial, academic and pastoral performance and hold the Trust to account for the support it provides.

Good governance is at the heart of Wellspring. Our governance structures bring rigour, challenge and accountability. Those involved in our governance at all levels share a common objective – a determination to secure the best possible life chances for the children and young people in our care…



SPONSOR: BARNSLEY COLLEGE
Barnsley College is a Government approved Multi-Academy Trust sponsor, responsible for setting up the Wellspring MAT. The sponsor appointed the original Members and has the right to appoint Directors. The sponsor is able to demonstrate robust governance and clear lines of accountability. The Trust is the vehicle for sponsoring schools. There is no contractual relationship between the College and EFA in relation to the Trust.
MEMBERS
Hearl Lenton – FRICS, Senior Partner at Holroyd Miller Chartered Surveyors.

Dianne Murray – BA, Cert Ed. Former Vice-Principal, Barnsley College. Currently a part-time consultant with Luminate Education Group.

Barry Eldred – Company Director, Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. Former Non-Executive. Director of Barnsley Building Society (twice Chair). Northern Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and trustee of various other bodies.

Russell Gill – Head of Community Delivery, Co-op Group. Chair of Co-op Academies Trust & trustee of the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Board Appointed.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Gordon Beever – Member of ICSA. Company Director. Board appointed.
Molly Beever – B.Ed. Retired Work-related Learning Consultant & Assistant Director of Faculty. Board appointed.
Colin Booth OBE – LSIS MBA Post Grad Diploma in Social Education. Group CEO of Luminate Education Group. Board appointed.

 

Neil Clephan – National Leader of Education. Education Consultant. Board appointed
Jennifer Field MBA CIPFA – Independent Consultant. Previous Deputy Director of Finance & Strategy, Health Education England. Board appointed.
Stewart Harper – BA PgCert. Former Deputy Secretary & Registrar (Leeds Beckett University).Board appointed.
Cheryl Hobson – CIPFA MBA. Financial & Business Consultant. Board appointed.

 

Yiannis Koursis – CMgr FCMI FRSA.  Principal & CEO of Barnsley College. Sponsor appointed.
Jayne Lawrence MBA – Head of Operations, Department of Computer Science, University of York. Board appointed
Hearl Lenton – FRICS. Chair of the Trust Board and Member. Senior Partner at Holroyd Miller Chartered Surveyors. Board appointed.
Mark Wilson – National Leader of Education. CEO of Wellspring Academy Trust. Ex-officio.

BOARD SCRUTINY COMMITTEES
Audit & Risk
Committee
Finance & Resources Committee Standards
Committee
Chair: Stewart Harper Chair: Cheryl Hobson Chair: Neil Clephan

 

CO-OPTED MEMBERS OF BOARD SCRUTINY COMMITTEES
Audit & Risk Committee Finance & Resources Committee Standards Committee 

Matthew Welsh          David Idle Ken Battye         Steven Geraghty     Mark Pawson

 

TRUST FUNCTIONS
Central Office
Management
Human
Resources
Payroll Finance School
Improvement
Internal &
External Audit
Quality
Assurance
Governance
ACADEMIES
Academy Name & Location Academy Conversion & Type of Conversion. Type of Academy (Primary/Special/Alternative Provision or Secondary) Ofsted Grade (Executive) Principal in charge of the Academy. Local Governing Body the Academy is part of & their Chair.
The Forest Academy (Barnsley) Sponsored
May 2013
Primary Good
Jan 2019
Executive Principal
Sam Bailey
Barnsley Primary Partnership LGB
Chair: Michael Sanderson
Oakwell Rise Academy (Barnsley) Sponsored
Feb 2017
Primary Inadequate Mar 2016 (Doncaster Rd)
Oakhill Primary Academy (Barnsley) Converter
Sept 2016
Primary Good
July 2019
Elements Primary School (Leeds)
Free School
Sept 2018
Primary Not yet inspected Executive Principal
Sarah Horsbrough
Elements LGB
Chair: Stephen Hope
Victoria Primary Academy
(Leeds)
Converter
Nov 2015
Primary Requires Improvement
Jan 2019
Executive Principal
Sam Bailey
Ebor & Victoria LGB
Chair: Ian Hague-Brown
Ebor Gardens Primary Academy (Leeds) Converter
April 2016
Primary Good
March 2019
Littlecoates Primary Academy (Grimsby) Converter
July 2016
Primary Good
July 2019
Principal
Neville Wilkinson
Littlecoates LGB
Chair: Karl Gabbitas
Bramley Park Academy (Leeds) Sponsored
Nov 2018
Primary Special Measures
Nov 2016
Executive Principal
Carrie Green
Bramley Park LGB
Chair: Philip Whitehead
Lacey Gardens Junior Academy (Louth)
Converted
Nov 2018
Primary Good
Feb 2018
Executive Principal
Emma Beveridge
Lacey & Eastfield LGB
Chair: Karl Gabbitas
Eastfield Infants and Nursery Academy (Louth)
Converted
Nov 2018
Primary Requires Improvement
Feb 2018
Sevenhills Alternative Academy (Grimsby)
Converter
Dec 2014
Alternative provision Good
Dec 2017
Executive Principal
Phil Hutchinson
Sevenhills & Phoenix
Park LGB
Chair: John Cottingham
Phoenix Park Alternative Academy (Grimsby)
Sponsored
Dec 2014
Alternative provision Good
Dec 2017
Springwell Leeds Academy (Leeds) Sponsored
Sept 2016
Special Good
June 2019
Executive Principal
Scott Jacques
Springwell Leeds & Harrogate LGB
Chair: Ian Hague-Brown
Springwell Harrogate
(Harrogate)
Transfer
April 2020
Alternative Provision Outstanding
June 2015
Forest Moor School Sponsored
July 2021
Special Requires Improvement

September 2019

Governing Group
Green Meadows Academy
(Leeds)
Sponsored
May 2021
Special Not yet inspected Governing Group
Penny Field School
(Leeds)
Sponsored
May 2021
Special Not yet inspected Governing Group
Springwell Lincoln City Academy (Lincoln) Sponsored
April 2017
Alternative provision Special Measures
Feb 2015
Executive Principal
Lisa Day


Springwell Lincoln City LGB
Chair: Stephen Holloway
Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding Free School
January 2020
Alternative provision Not yet inspected
Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham Free School
May 2019
Alternative provision Not yet inspected
Springwell Alternative Academy Mablethorpe Free School
Sept 2019
Alternative provision Not yet inspected
Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln Free School
May 2019
Alternative provision Not yet inspected
Springwell Alternative Academy (Barnsley)
Converter
Dec 2014
Alternative provision Good
Dec 2017
Executive Principal
Sarah Wilson
Springwell Learning Community & Greenacre  LGB
Chair: George Wild
Springwell Special Academy (Barnsley) Converter
Dec 2014
Special Outstanding
Jan 2018
Greenacre School (Barnsley) Converter
April 2017
Special Outstanding
Jan 2018
Joseph Norton Academy (Huddersfield) Converter
Sept 2016
Special Good
April 2019
Joseph Norton LGB
Chair: Julian Kennett
Beacon Academy (Grimsby) Re-brokerage
Sept 2017
Secondary Good
Jan 2019
Headteacher
Jason Thurley
Beacon LGB
Chair: George Krawiec
The Forest School (Knaresborough) Converter
April 2020
Special Outstanding
June 2015
Headteacher
Michelle Farr
Forest School LGB
Chair: Tim Mottram
Horncastle Primary School
(Lincolnshire)
Converter Sept 2021 Primary Not yet inspected Headteacher
Steve Bladon
Horncastle LGB
Chair: Kathy Christie