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Local Advisory Board 

 ‘The governing body challenges and supports the professional management of the school effectively’  Ofsted

The role of a Local Advisory Board (LAB) is an important one. The Local Advisory Board monitors each academy's key performance indicators and acts as a critical friend to the Headteacher and the academy's senior leadership team, providing challenge where appropriate. Its role is to provide focused governance for the academy at a local level. This section will tell you who the members of the Local Advisory Board are, how they are appointed and elected, what they do, what their legal duties are and how you can contact them or seek to get involved as a board member yourself.

 

What does the Local Advisory Board do?

The Local Advisory Board (LAB) replaced the previous Governing Body when Glen Park Primary converted to academy status on the 1st September 2016. All of the previous governing body transferred across to the newly formed Local Advisory Board. The board is made up of Parent, Local Authority, Staff and Co-opted Governors. 

The Local Advisory Board are a very important part of the school. They meet regularly and work alongside the academy's Leadership Team to maintain the successful running of the school and drive school improvement work. The LAB holds the school to account, and monitors the effectiveness of its practice, vision and aims throughout the year. The board both supports and challenges the leadership team.

The main responsibilities of our school’s Local Advisory Board are:      

  • Being a critical friend to the Academy Headteacher and leadership team
  • Assuring the quality of the educational experience for all staff and student
  • Performance Management of the Headteacher
  • The monitoring of teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and Academy performance
  • The Quality of education experienced by pupils at the school.  

How are members of the Local Advisory Board elected or appointed?

There are a number of different routes onto the Local Advisory Board. At Glen Park Primary the board is made up of:

  • Parent governors:elected by parents of children at the school;
  • Staff governors:  members of the school staff (both teaching and support staff)
  • Co-opted governors:volunteers from the wider community, appointed by the Local Advisory Board.
  • The Head Teacher

All members of the LAB (except the Head Teacher) serve a four-year term, which will be renewable subject to the post-holder meeting the required criteria. When a parent governor’s term ends, an announcement is made about an election and all parents or carers of pupils at the school are eligible to stand.


The chair and vice-chair of the Local Advisory Board are elected by the board at its first meeting of each school year. The current chair of the LAB is Mrs Elizabeth Buckman and the Vice Chair is Mr Simon Davis.  

 

How is the work of the Local Advisory Board organised?

The Local Advisory Board meet six times in each academic year. During these meetings a number of key areas are covered which include: academy improvement, teaching and learning, the learning environment and governance development.

Minutes of Local Advisory Board meetings are made available once they have been approved. These can be obtained upon request from the school office. 

 

Annual report to Parents/Carers

To learn more about the work of the Local Advisory Board and their impact, please click here to access a copy of the Chairs annual report to parents/carers. Should you wish to make contact with the Chair of the Advisory Board you can do so via chairofgovernors@glenpark.plymouth.sch.uk 

 

Local Advisory Board (as of September 2016) - To meet the Governors please click here

 

Mrs Libby Buckman (Chair - Parent Governor)

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office: 07/01/2013 - 06/01/2017  

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:  89%

Mr Simon Davis (Vice Chair - Parent Governor)    

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office: 19/11/2014 - 18/11/2018    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   100%

Mrs Margaret Ware - (Co-opted Governor)  

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office: 15/02/2013 - 14/11/2016     

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:  56%

Miss Monica Shillingford (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed by: Governors 

Term of Office: 10/05/2016 - 10/05/2020    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   100%

Mr Adrian Mawson (Co-opted Governor)  

Appointed by: Governors 

Term of Office: 16/04/2015 - 15/04/2019    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   78%

Mr Paul James (Parent Governor)    

Appointed by: Parents

Term of Office: 20/01/2013 - 19/01/2017    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:  78% 

Mrs Karen Thorn (Co-opted Governor)    

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office: 06/10/2014 - 10/05/2018    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   100%

Mrs Ruth Partridge (Staff Governor)    

Appointed by: Staff

Term of Office: 01/06/2012 - 31/05/2016   

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   89%

Mrs Sarah Wake (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed by: Governors 

Term of Office: 12/07/2016 - 12/07/2020    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   100%

Mrs Claire Duncan (Co-opted Governor)    

Appointed by: Governors

Term of Office: 06/10/2014 - 19/09/2018    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:   78% 

Mr Anthony Hutchings (Head Teacher)   

 

Term of Office: 06/10/2014 - 05/10/2018    

Business and Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance 2015/2016:  100% 

If you wish to contact the members of the Local Advisory Board for any reasons, you may do so through the Clerk to Governors via the School Office.