Governance of Kilburn Grange School
From September 2018, the Local Governing Board was replaced with a Local Advisory Board following a review of the Governance structure across all schools in the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET).
Kilburn Grange School’s local governance is overseen by the Local Advisory Board (LAB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:
- Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school, within the overall vision of the Trust.
- Holding the Headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
- Ensuring investment in educational improvement is value for money and having an impact.
These functions have been delegated to the LAB by the BPET Board, which is the maintaining authority for the school. Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this oversees the strategic governance of Kilburn Grange School.
Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Kilburn Grange benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.
BPET responsibilities are set out in the two key following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:
- Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
- Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Kilburn Grange School
The delegation for Kilburn Grange School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation. To support BPET Local Advisers, all are provided with the BPET Local Advisory Board Handbook that sets out the terms of reference and structure, along with a code of conduct for BPET Local Advisers.
This means that Kilburn Grange School’s Local Advisers are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and high educational aspirations to meet the needs of the local community.
In keeping with the BPET vision of developing autonomous schools, there is extensive local choice about the structure, size and operation of each LAB. The following decisions set the limits on this local choice:
- The LAB must operate within the BPET structure, and must remain within the overall vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust
- The Chair of each LAB is appointed by the BPET Board, serving at the pleasure of the BPET Board
- The Chair and Headteacher together use a skills-based approach to appointing the local advisers, each to serve for a four-year term.
- There must be a minimum of two parent advisers, but there is no maximum
- The suggested size of an LAB is 6-10
The LAB meets four times a year (4 business meetings/1 strategy session).
All Local Advisers are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year. For 2019-20 declarations and the LAB membership, click here – Information on Local Advisory Body Membership – November 2019
Current Local Advisers
Damon Lacey – Chair of Advisers
Focus areas: Safeguarding and SEND
Damon has lived in Kensal Green for over two years, having moved to London for work in 2011. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Business Administration and now works as a management consultant, specialising in company pension schemes, and works for a small company based in Hemel Hempstead. Damon has worked with some of the largest companies and brands in the UK and is also a member of the Board of his industry’s professional body. Outside of work, Damon is the holder of a Private Pilot’s Licence.
Marianna Kinsella – Community Adviser
Ann Sakyi- Community adviser
Sarah Storey- Staff Adviser
Jennifer Fee – Adviser
Focus areas: Parental and Community Engagement
Jennifer has a daughter in Year 1 and seven years’ teaching experience, currently working part-time. She is involved in the PTCA and regularly organises fundraising events.
A lifelong Londoner, Emily Morris has lived in Kilburn for 30 years. She has worked in commercial marketing and business development for a similar length of time. She is an experienced commercial director, and trustee and development board member in education and grant giving.
Mike Herlihy – The Clerk to the LAB
Mike joined Kilburn Grange School as Clerk to the Governing Body in September 2015 and works closely with the Headteacher and the Local Advisory Board. “It is a lovely school with dedicated staff and very supportive and committed advisers all striving to making Kilburn Grange School a success by meeting the challenges which inevitably emerge when starting a new school.” Having worked for local and national organisations for many years in the Governance field as a Chartered Secretary, Mike currently holds a number of positions as Clerk to Governing Body/Company Secretary to an Academy Trust and enjoys working with all the different schools (academies/free schools/maintained schools) across all phases. He also acts as Clerk to another BPET school, Whitehall Park. He is also a specialist youth magistrate and has recently finished his term of Office as Chair of the Youth Court for the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Harrow. Mike also currently sits on two Local Authority Youth justice boards. “You could say the courtroom and the classroom are important places for me!”.
Adviser Appointment and Attendance Record
All schools are required to publish each advisers appointment date, term of office and attendance record. Click here for the Kilburn Grange Annual Governance Statement from last academic year 2018/19.