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Catch22 maintains a sponsor relationship with the Catch22 Multi Academies Trust (the MAT), exercising control through being a member of the MAT and appointing Trustees.


The MAT, which is an independent charity, has its own Board made up of Trustees, senior executives and advisors, and oversees the Catch22 academy schools.


The Trustees are appointed to oversee the operations and strategic direction of the charity. As such, the objective is that they have significant experience of senior operational,

strategic and educational leadership, combined with knowledge of young people in difficult situations more broadly.


Click here to see the MAT Board Trustee Biographies


Catch22 MAT Governance Plan


The Catch22 MAT Governance plan outlines the mechanisms by which Catch22 academies are governed.

DfE Governance Handbook

Local Governing Bodies


Though the Board of Trustees retains oversight of the operation of the Academies, the Spires Academy is connected to its community through a local governing body. The local body has a clear area of focus and a formal delegation scheme setting out its responsibilities. 


Governors 2021-2022


Ray Starkey, Chair of Governors



Rachel Clews, Head Teacher

Gareth Francoise, Community

Cllr James Hill, Community

John Shanahan, Catch22 Representative


MAT Governor Role Profile

Register of Interests


In accordance with the Academy Trust Handbook, local governing board members and their relevant business and pecuniary interests, including governance roles in other educational institutions, must be recorded.


Information on Governors’ Dates of Appointments and Declared Interests:

Register of Attendance

Scheme of Delegation

Dates of upcoming Local Governing Body Meetings


02 February 2022

29 March

25 May

07 July

Governors' Meeting Minutes