Local Advisory Board

The Primary Advantage Federation has a formal governing board with representatives from all eight schools. Each school has a local advisory board that meets at least four 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 local advisory board meet regularly to support and challenge the school to continue to provide children with a high quality education.  They look at outcomes for all pupils at St Matthias 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.

Content-LongSCHOOLCOMMITTEEPlease see below our local advisory board members:

Arnette Frederick – School Committee Chair, Governor PCC and Federation Governor.  Link roles for Attendance, Pupil Premium Grant and Leadership.
I was elected four years ago and have a son in year 6. I was a Company Director for 5 years.

Janet Ashdown  – Foundation Governor. Link Roles for Finance and Traded Services.
I have been on the School Committee at St Matthias for 5 years and prior to that was a Governor at a Primary School in Tottenham for 10 years. I am now a Non-Executive Director with 30+ years’ experience in business and Chair of ‘Hope In Tottenham’ – a charity supporting young people locally.

Paul Clarkson – Associate Governor. Link roles for SEN, Looked After Children, Safeguarding and EAL.
I live in Dalston and St Matthias is the closest Hackney school to my home. I have worked in child, adolescent and family mental health, as well as having over twelve years’ experience in the public sector for children with special educational and additional needs. I volunteer and participate in my local ParkRun, and my other interests include making Art, yoga and gardening. 

Jennifer Smith – Associate Member (Staff), Year 6 Teacher, Reading and Writing Facilitator.
I have been teaching at St Matthias for just over a year and a half.  I am also responsible for Reading and Writing in KS2.

Toni Mason – Primary Advantage EYFS Leader.

Sheryl Payne – Parent Governor. Link role for Assessment.
I have been a parent governor for four years.  I have two children in Year 4.  I am also the PTA Secretary and a Reading Mentor in the school.

Fr David Lambert – Foundation PCC Governor, Links roles are Health & Safety, Equalities, RE and Community Engagement.
I have been the St Matthias Church Parish Priest for almost ten years