Local Advisory Board

Governance of Kilburn Grange School

From September 2018, the Local Governing Board will be 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.

All Local Advisers are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year.  For 2018/17 declarations and the LAB membership, click here – Information on Local Advisory Body Membership -October 2018

Please click here to see the Annual Governance Report for 2017/2018.

Current Local Advisers

thumb_Damon_1024Damon Lacey – Chair of Advisers

Focus areas: Attainment, 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.

RiannaRianna Poulos Adviser

Focus areas: Maths

Rianna is senior consultant for a digital strategy, creative and customer technology agency. She is passionate about delivering business value and great customer experience, and has considerable experience of working on projects to improve operational efficiency.

Jonathan Kruger – Adviser

Focus areas: PPG

Jonathan lives in Queens Park and has a daughter in Reception. He is the founder of a fast-growing technology/internet start-up. He holds a degree in Politics and brings a wide range of experience including digital marketing, business operations and fundraising.

Jennifer Fee – Adviser

Jennifer has a daughter in Reception and seven years’ teaching experience, currently working part-time. She is involved in the PTCA and regularly organises fundraising events.


Mike Herlihy The Clerk to the LAB

I joined Kilburn Grange School as Clerk to the Governing Body in September 2015 and I work closely with the Headteacher and the Governors. It is a lovely school with dedicated staff and very supportive and committed governors 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, I currently  hold a number of positions as Clerk to Governing Body/Company Secretary to an Academy Trust and I enjoy working with all the different schools (academies/free schools/maintained schools) across all phases. I also act as Clerk to another BPET school, Whitehall Park. Each school is very different. I am also a specialist youth magistrate and have recently finished my term of Office  as Chair  of the Youth Court for the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Harrow . I also currently sit 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. Below is a table of the Kilburn Grange advisers and their lead roles this academic year 2018/19.

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