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SPCEDS Academy Committee

Introduction of the Academy Committee (formally known as the Governing Board/Local Council)

The LAAT Scheme of Delegation allows the Academy Committee to:

1. Help the Board of Directors fulfil its core functions by:

  • Helping shape a vision for each school appropriate to its foundation (Anglican, Methodist, or Community);
  • Promoting the Academies place in its community;
  • Helping the Board of Directors have the understanding it needs to improve outcomes for all pupils;
  • Helping the Board of Directors have the understanding it needs to hold the CEO to account.

2. Help the CEO and school leaders fulfil their roles by:

  • Supporting and challenging the school’s senior leaders to improve certain aspects of the academy (see list of responsibilities);
  • Providing external input to processes (complaints, governor panels, recruitment, etc);
  • Helping the School's senior leaders to understand the local community, including commerce and industry;
  • Building links with the wider local community including parents.

3. Look at the school through the lens of the child:

  • Seeking to answer on behalf of the board and executive: “what is it like to attend this School?”

In areas of finance and school standards, the Academy Committee will be aware of the position of the school through regular SEA reports, QA reports, information from the Head Teacher, Academy Discussion reports and LAAT meetings.


Membership of the Academy Committee will be as follows:

2 Parents Elected posts

1 Church Ex Officio Foundation

1 Headteacher Ex Officio

1 Staff Elected posts (Teacher or non-teacher)

4 Foundation LAAT Appointed in consultation with DBE


Academy Committee Scheme of Delegation

To contact any member of the Local Council, please contact addressing your correspondence For the Attention of the Academy Committee.

The Chair of the Academy Committee can be contacted via the details below:

Emma Rains, Spalding Parish Church of England Day School, Clay Lake, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE112QG

Governor Details
Governor Declaration of Interests
Governor Register of Meetings 2022-23
Governor Register of Meetings 2021-22
Governor Register of Meetings 2020-21

Meet the Academy Committee

Diane Mulley - Head Teacher

I grew up and went to school in Darlington, in the north east of England.  I studied for my degree and Qualified Teacher Status at North Riding College in Scarborough, spending a year at the University of Leeds as part of my training.

Subsequently I began my teaching career teaching FS2 children in Middlesbrough. From here I moved schools to take on a middle leadership position in Darlington, teaching Year 3 and 4 children.  In September 2002 we relocated to Norfolk due to my husband’s job and I began teaching in Year 6 at Spalding Parish Church of England Day School, with responsibility for Key Stage 2.  In 2006 I was promoted to Assistant Head Teacher and then, in September 2012, I took on the role of Deputy Head Teacher within the school.

I have been a staff governor since November 2012, serve on the Interim Local Board of another Trust school and am also a Governor at a local secondary school.  I am passionate about education and encouraging children to be engaged and inspired by learning in order to succeed and achieve. I am married with two children.  I enjoy reading, going to theatre/cinema and spending time with my family.

Emma Rains - Chair/Parent Appointed

I have grown up in Spalding, attending SPCEDS as a child myself and then Spalding High School.  

I studied for a BA Dual Honours degree in Geography and Sociology at Keele University.  Following the completion of my degree I worked in management for a Logistics Company before making a career change and going onto complete my PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (via the Open University).  I have been a secondary school teacher in a local school for the last fourteen years.  Education is my real passion and the progress and development of students.  I am a strong believer in education for all and the way it can transform people's lives.

I am pleased and excited by my Parent Governor role at SPCEDS and grateful to have an opportunity to continue helping shape and support the fantastic work that is carried out by all involved in the school.

I am married with three children, two who attend SPCEDS and one who is not yet school age.  I enjoy cooking, reading, crafts and spending time with my family and friends.

Heather Bafico - Foundation LAAT

Originally from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, I moved to Spalding 11 years ago. I studied Biology at the University of Leeds and I work in Retail Management.

I have been a volunteer at SPCEDS since my daughter started school here. I thoroughly enjoy listening to children read, it’s a pleasure to watch them grow in confidence and develop their skills.

I am looking forward to developing links between the school and our local community and helping to support our school to deliver their best for all pupils.

Anna Tansley - Parent

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Emily Hill - Deputy Head Teacher/Staff Goveror

I grew up in Peterborough and then studied for a BA in Modern Foreign Languages at Sheffield University. I worked in Germany in the exhibition industry for part of the degree and also spent 6 months studying at a Spanish University.

I worked in London as an Accountant and then moved in an Internal Communications role before travelling in Central America with my husband, working as a Scuba Instructor and taught children to read in a library in Guatemala.

Upon returning, I volunteered at a school in Brixton teaching children to read and loved it so much that I decided to leave my career in communications and train as a teacher. As part of my training, I spent a month teaching in a school in Paris. I have always had a passion for language learning and have promoted language learning in each school I have worked at and I love working with children for whom English is an additional language.

I have previously worked at Morton CofE primary, another LAAT school and studied for my NPQH while I was there. Having then spent a year as a Deputy Head in Oakham and then two years as Head of School in South Witham, I re-joined the LAAT in my current role as Deputy Head at Spalding Parish. I am thoroughly enjoying my role, leading teaching and learning and developing a coaching culture at Spalding Parish. I am passionate about raising the aspirations of our vulnerable children and improving their access to the curriculum and supporting teachers in achieving this goal.

LAAT Governance Documentation