REAch2 Governance Charter

REAch2 is a charitable voluntary organisation which relies on the valuable input of a considerable number of non-executive volunteers, supported by an experienced team of staff. Due to the size of the organisation and the number of schools for which it is responsible, coupled with its drive for accountability, it is also a complex organisation with various important elements of governance. 

  • The governance principles of REAch2 recognise the importance of developing relationships with a common purpose and they are about developing processes and structures. The effective governance of the Trust is supported by:

  • Trust members - the guardians of the school

  • Trust board - the Directors / Trustees

  • Trust sub-committees

  • Regional boards and their sub-committees - including Regional Ambassadors

  • Local Governing bodies - the local governors

  • The Executive team

' Exceptional opportunities for learning' - the shared vision and values of REAch2'

















Governance at Five Spires

Responsibilities of our School Governors


Accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community


Develop the long-term strategic direction of the school. Actively involved in school improvement and sharing the school's vision and aims. Governors are also involved in monitoring the school budget.

Critical Friendship

Challenges, monitors and evaluates progress against set targets.

Compliments, Comments and Concerns

The Governing Body would like to hear from you if you:

  • Are happy with the service that the school provides and would like to compliment the staff and its pupils;

  • Have any suggestions on how the school can improve the quality of its provision;

  • Have a complaint or concern. All complaints will be taken seriously and will be given full and proper consideration in accordance with our Complaints Policy.

Meet Our Governors


Chair of Governors - Sue Winson

Vice-Chair of Governors - tbc

Headteacher - Diane Raftery (ex-officio)

Parent Governor - Stuart Agates

Parent Governor - Joviane Williams

REAch2 Appointed Governor - Andrew Murray

REAch2 Appointed Governor - Sue Winson

REAch2 Appointed Governor - Richard Chambers

REAch2 Appointed Governor - David Adams

Staff Governor - Sharon Motorny

Staff Governor - Maria Barnard

Clerk to Governors - Peter Davies

My name is Sue Winson and I am pleased to introduce myself as the current Chair of Governors at Five Spires Academy. I have spent the last 30+ years in education and was fortunate to be Headteacher of three amazing schools. Having retired in Sept. 2017 I wanted to continue to be involved with schools,  therefore was delighted to be appointed  to the governing body and then elected as Chair.

I have children and grandchildren so am well aware of the education system from many viewpoints.

Five Spires is fortunate to have dedicated and professional governors whose  main focus is to support and challenge the school’s leaders to provide an outstanding educational experience for your children  

Being a Governor is established as a key role in schools; we are all unpaid volunteers who give our time trying to undertake our responsibilities to the best or our ability. We hope that you find the information about all the governors helpful and informative.

My name is Stuart Agates and I was elected as a Governor in September 2018. My children both attend Five Spires Academy. Molly is currently in Year 2 and Thomas is in Year 1. After 35 years post University spent in Sales and Marketing, I’m now retired and live less than 5 minutes walk from our school. 

I wanted to be a Governor, simply to have the opportunity to play an active role in supporting the school staff and wider REAch2 team in making the school the very best it can be for our children. Ensuring my children gain not only a fantastic education but also actively enjoy all aspects of their time at the school is hugely important to me, as it will be to all of the Five Spires parents. I see the Governor role as a way to positively contribute to ensuring that is the case.

For further information regarding our governors' duties, please click on the following links.

Additional Information

Financial Scheme of delegation

Table showing Governing Body Constitution; roles, responsibilities and declarable interests

Local Governing Body Attendance Tables

Governor meeting attendance table 2016-2017

Governor meeting attendance table 2017-2018

Governor meeting attendance table 2019-2020

Governor meeting attendance table 2020-2021


Local Governing Body Meeting Minutes 

LGB Minutes September 2017

LGB Minutes February 2018

LGB Minutes November 2018

LGB Minutes January 2019

LGB Minutes May 2019

LGB Minutes September 2019

LGB Minutes March 2020

LGB Minutes July 2020

LGB Minutes November 2020

LGB Minutes March 2021

LGB Minutes July 2021