Local Advisory Board and Members

Governance for Deer Park 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).

Deer Park 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 Deer Park 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, Deer Park 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 Deer Park School

The delegation for Deer Park 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 Deer Park 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 the current summary of declarations click here and for the 2017/18 declarations, click here.

Current Local Advisers

All schools are required to publish for each local adviser their appointment date, type of adviser, term of office and attendance record.  The table below shows the appointment and attendance record for Deer Park’s local advisers for the current academic year.

LAB MemberTypeDate appointed/ resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of expected
James Boyle (Chair from 1/9/18-31/8/20)Parent1 Sept 18 - present33
Frances BracegirdleStaff1 Sept 18 - present33
Emily ComptonParent10 Jan 19 - Present12
Chris GallantParent1 Sept 18 - presen33
Joe GilfordCommunity10 Jan 19 - Present22
Nick Hodgess, SEN and InclusionCommunity1 Sept 18 - present13

The clerk to the LAB is Beryl Hawkins

To contact any of our advisers please email labchair@deerparkschool.org.uk

Governor Appointment and Attendance Record

Below is a table of the Deer Park governors and their attendance record for 2017/18.

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of expected
Claire DelaneyChair of Governors1 Sept 15 - present55
James BoyleParent (Elected)14 Oct 15 – present88
Frances BracegirdleStaff1 Sept 16 - present78
Alison ColensoStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept 15 - present88
Graham DearmanCommunity 1 Sept 15 - 13 Feb 1803
Chris GallantParent (Appointed)11 Oct 16 - present68
Henry GilesCommunity1 Sept 15 - present25
Nick HodgessCommunity1 Sept 15 - present38


Approved governing body meeting minutes are available here.


Summer 2017 Newsletter