The Primary Advantage Federation has a Central Governing Board, containing representatives from all eight schools and is made up of representatives of parents, members of staff, an appointee from the Hackney Learning Trust (HLT) and co-opted members from the local community.  Each school has a Local Advisory Board, who work with the Executive Principal, Headteacher and school leadership team to help provide the best opportunities for all pupils.

More information about the structure and responsibilities of our Central Governing Board and Local Advisory Board can be found here.

The specific responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • Working with the Headteacher to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

De Beauvoir’s Local Advisory Board meets three times a year and supports the Headteacher and Executive Principal in making strategic decisions that will improve outcomes for pupils. Each Local Advisory Board reports to the Central Governing Board once a term. Our Local Advisory Board includes representatives from our parents, staff and community.

The Central Governing Board and Local Advisory Board support and challenge the school to provide children with a high quality education.  They look at outcomes for all pupils at De Beauvoir 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.

Please see below for our Central Governing Board members:

 Forename  Surname  Type
John Clark Chair – Foundation
Sian Davies Executive Principal
Gwen Gutzmore LDBS
Donna Thomas Local Authority
Anna Case Staff
Arnette Frederick Foundation
Andrew Bedford Foundation
Rev’d Graham Hunter Foundation
Ralph Eliot Foundation
Heather Rockhold Foundation
Melissa McIntyre Parent
Nina Pope Parent
Bridget Fagan Foundation
Francesca Vinelott Foundation

Local Advisory Board Vision for De Beauvoir

  • To create a caring, stimulating and inclusive environment in which learning can flourish and every child can experience success;
  • Every pupil to strive for excellence, understanding the importance of high expectations for those from traditionally underachieving groups;
  • To provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum to enable all children to develop their full potential;
  • To create a sense of community based on mutual respect, co-operation and equality to all,;
  • Aim to be a centre of Lifelong Learning where the whole community feels empowered to achieve.

About our Local Advisory Board 

The Local Advisory Board of De Beauvoir is made up of the school’s Headteacher, elected parents, elected staff members and members of the local community and Local Authority. Members are volunteers, meeting regularly and working closely with the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team to help the school develop successfully and to promote high standards of educational achievement.

The Local Advisory Board must exercise its functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of the school. It establishes the strategic framework by:

  • ensuring clarity of vision and ethos for the school;
  • setting strategic direction, objectives and targets for the school
  • adopting policies for achieving those objectives and targets;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;
  • holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

The Local Advisory Board monitors and evaluates progress of its strategy and regularly reviews the framework for the school in the light of that progress. When establishing the strategic framework and reviewing progress, the Local Advisory Board considers advice given by the Headteacher, local authority and other agencies and reports this to the Central Governing Board.

The Local Advisory Board, in partnership with school staff, draw up a School Development Plan which provides the main mechanism for the strategic planning.

To carry out their responsibilities, governing bodies must hold at least three meetings per school year. Primary Advantage’s Central Governing Board meets three times in the school year. Meetings are convened by the clerk who takes directions from the Central Governing Board and the Chair. Part of the agenda is set nationally, part by the local authority and part by the school itself.

Governors’ business is also conducted at Local Advisory Board Meetings, which are then fed back to the Central Governing Board. Local Advisory Board members visit the school regularly so that they are kept informed of all aspects of school life. Each Local Advisory Board member is linked to a subject area.

The Headteacher and Local Advisory Board work in close partnership. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the Local Advisory Board and expects the Local Advisory Board to both challenge and support the school. Acting as a “critical friend”, the Local Advisory Board offers support and constructive advice; Local Advisory Board members question proposals and seek further information to enable them to make sound decisions.

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To Contact the Central Governing Board

Please address all correspondence either to the Local Advisory Board Chair, or to a named Local Advisory Board member, via the school office or email to   with the subject line ‘for the attention of the Local Advisory Board chair’

The acting Chair of Governors, Gwen Gutzmore, can be contacted in writing or email at the following address:

Chair of the Central Governing Board,
Primary Advantage c/o Holy Trinity CE Primary School,
Beechwood Road,
E8 3DY

Tel: 020 7254 1010