Governors: Local Advisory Board

Each school within the Primary Advantage Federation has a Local Advisory Board that meets meets regularly to support the Head of School, Headteacher and Executive Principal in making strategic decisions that will improve outcomes for pupils.

The Local Advisory Board meet regularly to support and challenge the school to continue to provide children with a high quality education.  They look at outcomes for all pupils at St John & St James’ and look at  how well our children are doing compared to children nationally.  They also receive finance reports, health and safety reports, curriculum reports and help the school to make decisions that will benefit our school community.

Upcoming LAB meeting dates for 2018-19

LAB 1
07.11.18

LAB 2
20.03.19

LAB 3
10.07.19

St John & St James’ C of E Primary School Local Advisory Board is made up of the following Staff, Parent and Community Members:

Donna Thomas, Local Advisory Board Chair (Local Authority)
Link Area: Safeguarding/LAC, SEN & Inclusion
I am the link governor for safeguarding/LAC, SEN & Inclusion. I work in the local authority education service.  My professional background is in early year’s.

Jenna Clark, Staff
Link Area: Executive Headteacher

Jo Smith, Staff
Link Area: Head of School

Grace Gladstone, Staff
Link Area: Early Years Foundation Stage

Chanchanok Poolvoralaks, Community
Link Area: Health & Safety, Finance
I currently work for a law firm and have just recently joined the School Committee here at St John & St James’. I have a BA in Jurisprudence (Law), and work primarily in corporate finance law. I have some experience working for a school before, and because of my strong interest in education, was introduced to St John & St James’ through the community work that my law firm does. I feel blessed to be working with such a dedicated team here at St John & St James’.

Andrew Bedford, Parent
Link Area: PPG, Equalities and RE & Collective Worship
I have lived in Hackney for 20 years and have two children at St John and St James’. I attend St John at Hackney Church and have led the children’s work at the church for the last couple of years. I also serve on the Parochial Church Council. 
I have spent the last 25 years working in the voluntary and public sector and am currently the Head of Parks for Islington Council. I care about how schools give children a joy and passion for learning and supports them in becoming good citizens. I am also passionate about the role the natural world can play in supporting learning.

Mark Nelson, Ex Officio
Link Area: Assessment & Marking and Greater Depth R, W, M
I am a priest serving my curacy at St John at Hackney and this membership offers the opportunity to invest into the pastoral life of local schools and to continue to care and work together for the sake of Hackney young people. We are hugely proud of our historic link with a number of the local schools in the local area and are already regularly involved at schools through assemblies and visits. I personally have also worked as a detached youth worker with under-privileged young people in west London for 6 years. I have also run reading development coaching for underprivileged primary school children in one particular West London Primary school for over two years. I have oversight of our Church children’s ministry and programmes which invests in children of every age and developmental stage. These are children who attend nursery’s, primary and secondary schools across the local area. I am a local resident with two young boys of my own and hope to invest into the structures for local education that give opportunity to all local children like my own.

Morgan Allen-Oliver
Link Area: To be agreed. 
I currently work in the Fashion Industry – I am the knitwear designer at ASOS.com. I have been in my current role for seven years after earning both BA and MA degrees in fashion. As part of my current role, I undertake industry projects with universities where I set projects, assess development and grade final results. Whilst at school I spent 9 summers as a camp leader for a children’s charity camp where the aim was to give disadvantaged children a holiday. On leaving my A Levels I went on to do a year at a boarding school in Bath as a junior house parent as well as classroom teacher, specialising in Maths and PE.

LAB Attendance:

Associate Member LAB 1 Meeting   LAB 2 Meeting   LAB 3 Meeting

Donna Thomas

 Yes No  

Jenna Clark

Yes  No  

Jo Smith

Yes  Yes  

Grace Gladstone

Yes  Yes  

Chanchanok Poolvoralaks

No  Yes  

Andrew Bedford

Yes  Yes  

Mark Nelson

Yes Yes  

Morgan Allen-Oliver

Yes No  

Non-confidential LAB Meeting Minutes

Date of Meeting Link to Minutes
5th May 2017 LAB Minutes
16th November 2017 LAB Minutes
21st February 18 LAB Minutes
5th May 2018 LAB Minutes

Local Advisory Board Impact Statement 2019-20
To view the LAB Governance statement for the upcoming year, please click here.
For review: March 2020

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests (LAB)

The decision-making processes of the central governing board should be conducted, and seen to be conducted, in an objective and unbiased manner. The governing board and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between business and personal interests and the interests of the school. To help put this duty into practice and to meet legal requirements, all maintained schools maintain a register of pecuniary and business interests. The register will ensure that LAB members and associate members personal interests do not unfairly prejudice, influence or conflict with school’s decision making processes.

NAME

DATE COMPLETED

Member Type BUSINESS/PERSONAL INTEREST DECLARED

Jenna Clark
September 2018

LAB Member
Staff: Executive Headteacher 

Indirect – Partner works for school sports organisation (Badu Sports)
Currently employed by PA Federation – Seconded to Gainsborough Primary school as Executive Headteacher.
Brother works for a furniture design company (British Thornton).
Son attends SJSJ: Year 1.

Jo Smith
September 2018

LAB Member
Staff: Head of School

Indirect – Husband is headteacher of another school.
Children attend SJSJ: Reception & Year 4.

Donna Thomas
October 2018

Governor
Local Authority
Direct – Work for the Local education authority
Grace Gladstone
September 2018
LAB Member
Staff: Assistant Headteacher

None

Chanchanok Poolvoralaks
October 2018

LAB Member
Community

None

Andrew Bedford
October 2018
Governor
Foundation
Children attend SJSJ: Year 1 and Year 4
Indirect – Work for another Local Authority
Mark Nelson
October 2018

LAB Member
Pastor, St John at Hackney
Ex Officio

Son attends SJSJ: Nursery

If you would like to contact the Local Advisory Board, please email: Committee.SJSJ@johnjames.hackney.sch.uk