Each School in the Gallery Trust is supported by a Local Advisory Board (LAB), which is a committee reporting to the Board of Trustees. Appointing the right people to serve on each LAB is essential and there is a need to ensure there is balance and diversity. A broad and varying range of professional skills, knowledge and life experiences should be evident in each LAB to ensure a well-rounded perspective and good decision making.
LABs are well placed to engage with pupils, parents, school staff and the wider school community, and to play an important role as the “eyes and ears” of the Board at a local level.
Typically each LAB will consist of the following:
- The Chair (not an employee of the school or Trust)
- The Headteacher in an ex-officio capacity
- 2 staff
- Minimum of 2 parents/carers
- Minimum of 2 people from the local community
Recruitment and Induction
The Gallery Trust supports and confirms the recruitment of Local Academy Board members whom we believe will best serve the school through their personal experience, knowledge and most of all, passion to support our young people.
All LAB roles are voluntary; however members need a strong commitment to the role and the willingness to question, analyse, support and challenge. Members of the LAB must be keen to learn about the Trust, our schools and our children.
- Ensure the academy contributes to the success of the Trust, that the Trust’s vision, values and policies inform academy decisions and adds to the capacity of the Trust.
- A sounding board for Head Teachers and senior leaders to inform, support and challenge school improvement and curriculum development.
- Assess the quality of education including pupil attendance, behaviour, wellbeing and achievement of targets.
- Review staff performance indicators, including attendance, performance and well-being
- Ensure the required Trust policies, along with other statutory documents and information are published on the on the academy’s and Trust’s website
- Endorse the strategy and monitor the impact of supplementary grants; Pupil Premium Grant, Recovery Premium and PE and Sports Grant.
- Provide a vehicle for Board of Trustee engagement with the school, its parents / carers and local community and for the Board to receive feedback on the impact of its policies and procedures.
- Contribute throughout to the setting and monitoring of the Raising Achievement Plan.
- Contribute to the oversight and shared responsibility to ensure Safeguarding is effective across the Academy, including monitoring practice across the academy to confirm it reflects safeguarding policy.
- Develop and sustain strong partnerships in the local community.
- Contribute throughout to the recruitment and Appraisal of Head Teachers.
- Manage parent complaints using the Trust’s Complaints Policy. Complaints can be escalated to the Board of Trustees.
- Quality assure and approve local policies in consultation with Executive Team
- Work in partnerships with other groups, for example Joint Working Groups on shared school sites
Please click on the photos below to see their role and find out more about them. Unless stated otherwise the members of the LAB have not declared any business or pecuniary interests, nor are they members of any other governing body.
The Chair can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can phone the school office and ask him to contact you.