Governing Body

Governance is the process by which any organisation or group organises in order to be able to make decisions. In schools, this includes the governing body, who are responsible for scrutiny of decisions made in school and for driving improvement, and the processes and policies which allows the school to work effectively and appropriately.

As a member school within a multi-academy trust, responsibility for the governance of Sunnyside Spencer Academy ultimately derives to the Board of Trustees appointed to the Spencer Academies Trust. In common with all Spencer schools, Sunnyside Spencer Academy has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.

The powers defining the legal relationship between Sunnyside Spencer Academy and The Spencer Academies Trust, together with the delegation of general powers within the trust, are set out in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

  • The Scheme of Delegation used at Sunnyside Spencer Academy can be found here.
  • The Trust governor handbook can be found here.
  • A copy of other Trust governance documents are available here.


The Chair of Governors can be contacted by emailing:


Local Governing Body

  • Laurie Baczynski (Principal)
  • Dianne Raynor (Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor)
  • Beth Homer (Vice-chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee, Curriculum Link Governor, Parent Governor)
  • Sophie Bayliss (Staff Governor)
  • Laura Wood (SEND Link Governor, Parent Governor)
  • Sophie Leadley (Sponsor Governor)
  • Ryan Mellor (Sponsor Governor)