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Our Local Advisory Body (Governance)

WHAT DOES THE LOCAL ADVISORY BODY DO?

The Local Advisory Body (LAB) is part of E21C Trust’s overall governance arrangements, with specific focus at a local school level. The Local Advisory Body works as a team and is at the heart of how the school operates.

It is responsible for monitoring that the school provides a good quality education and is continually raising educational standards. The Local Advisory Body also encourages and supports effective ways of teaching and learning when reviewing the school aims and policies. This is done together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

In addition to the Local Advisory Body’s main role of helping raise pupils’ standards of achievement, we also:

  • support the school in its strategic direction
  • are accountable for monitoring the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • monitor that a balanced and broad curriculum is taught
  • review how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral, and cultural development
  • monitor that the school is inclusive and provides for all pupils including those with special needs
  • oversee the implementation of policies on a wide range of school issues and monitor their effectiveness
  • support and constructively challenging senior management by gathering views, asking questions, looking at comparable data and discussing what’s best for the school

Who is the local advisory body?

The current Local Advisory Body is made up as follows:

Name

Position /type of governor

Term of office start

Term of office end date

Freddie Downing

Co-opted Governor

Chair of LAB

Child Protection and Safeguarding

15/01/24

14/01/27

Paul Murphy

Headteacher

Ex-0fficio

 -

Serrika Joseph

Co-opted

23/11/21

22/11/24

Elaine McNaughton

Co-opted

Vice Chair

07/07/20

06/07/24

Thora Shonowo

Co-opted Governor

 29/11/22

28/11/25

Ceri Marchant-Potts

Co-opted Governor

29/11/22 

28/11/25 

Vacancy

Staff Governor

-

Susan Steward-Kirby

Parent Governor

 28/03/23

27/03/26

Eira Campbell

Co-opted Governor

 28/11/23

27/11/26 

Giles Cordwell

Co-opted Governor

03/10/23

02/10/27

Helen Salter

Staff Governor

 29/11/22

 28/11/25

Beryl Ward

Co-opted Governor

23/11/21

31/08/23

 HOW DOES THE Local Advisory BODY PERFORM ITS ROLE?

At Ravensworth Primary School, the Local Advisory Body fulfils these roles through four meetings per year, covering:

  • Safeguarding
  • Quality of Education
  • School Improvement
  • Behaviour and Culture
  • Curriculum
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Staffing
  • Building & Sites

The Local Advisory Body also holds two additional meetings with specific focus on teaching and learning, culture, and ethos. The Local Advisory Body reviews the school’s priorities and strategies for the year ahead and reviews the previous year to monitor the school’s overall performance.

There are also numerous ad-hoc meetings of other groups, working parties as required and specific panels for various procedural reasons.

Key Governance Documents

Please click the link below for the scheme of delegation which sets out the Trust’s overall governance arrangements:

Scheme of Delegation 

Articles of Association

DoV Funding agreement 2017

Please click the link below for the Local Advisory Body meeting attendance:

The Ravensworth School – Meeting Attendance 2022-23 

Please click the link below for the Local Advisory Body School Register of Business Interests:

Register of Business Interest

HOW TO CONTACT THE Local Advisory Body?

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Local Advisory Body or wish to contact the Chair, please email: rachelgulyas@e21c.co.uk 

If you need to contact the Chair of Governors,  please email freddiedowning@e21c.co.uk