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Our Governing Body

Greenacre joined Wellspring Academy Trust on the 1st April 2017. Wellspring Academy Trust’s Board of Directors are responsible to the Secretary of State for the effectiveness of all the Academies under its umbrella. In order to ensure effectiveness at Academy level, the Board delegates key responsibilities to the Academy Local Governing Body.

Details of the Governance arrangements within Wellspring Academy Trust and the scheme of delegation can be found by clicking on the link.

For a copy of the master funding agreement please access:

Master Funding AgreementWellspring GovernanceWellspring Annual Accounts Schemes of Delegation/Terms of reference

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 2019-2020Declaration of Interests 2020-2021

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

Or by post at Wellspring Academy Trust, Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW.


Greenacre School – Local Governing Body

The schools’ individual Governing Body was disbanded in February 2020 and a new single over-arching governing body for Greenacre and Springwell Learning Community 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 Greenacre/Springwell Governing Body are::

    Laura Oxley - Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • George Wild
    Trust Appointed- April 2017
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    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.
  • Tracy Fairham
    Parent Governor
    Appointed- April 2017
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    Tracy has been an elected Parent Governor since 2013. Tracy works part time for a house builder in a commercial role and provides administration support at her husband’s company. She also works with local support groups to try to establish better outcomes for our young people.
  • Jackie McCabe
    Parent Governor
    Appointed - April 2017
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    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
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    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.
  • Eileen Sanderson
    Trust Appointed- November 2020
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    Revd Eileen Sanderson 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.

  • Pam Bower
    Trust Appointed Governor
    Appointed - February 2021
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    Pam has an extensive career spanning over 51 years. She successfully completed her Solicitors Examinations in 1992 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1994. In 2011 she gained her Master’s Degree MA in Restorative Justice. In 2019 Pam Retired from HMCTS and is an active member of the Inner Wheel Club of Barnsley and a volunteer at the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.
  • Mark Wood
    Ex Officio Member
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    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
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    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 – Appointed February 2020; Stepped Down August 2020

Matthew Welsh – Trust Appointed Governor – Appointed July 2019 (Transferred January 2020); Stepped Down June 2020

Ben Finley – Trust Appointed Governor – Appointed December 2018 (Transferred February 2020); Stepped Down September 2020

Laura Leithgoe- Staff Governor- Appointed February 2019 (Transferred February 2020); Stepped Down January 2021

Elaine Padgett- Staff Governor- Appointed April 2017 (Transferred February 2020); Stepped Down March 2021

Cllr Sarah Jane Tattersall – Trust Appointed – December 18 (Transferred February 2020); Stepped Down June 2021