What are LABS?

Local Advisory Boards (LABs) are a key part of the governance structure within SAND Academies Trust and are integral to supporting the vision for the Trust in ensuring the individual identity of each school.

The Trust Board is the accountable body and has ultimate responsibility for the strategic functions of governance as follows:

  • Ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

What does the LAB do?

The LAB supports the Trustees in fulfilling the strategic functions at a local level and within the powers delegated to them through the Scheme of Delegation. The LAB will consider how the school is performing today as well as thinking about the future and how the school can improve in order to offer the best possible education and outcomes for its students.

The role of the LAB is to:

The role of the LAB is to:

  • Uphold SAND Academies Trust ethos, vision and aims and ensure these are embedded throughout the school and in all LAB discussions and decisions
  • Ensure that the school promotes equality, diversity and inclusion for all its pupils, staff and stakeholders
  • Behave in an honest and open way and follow the LAB Code of Conduct [link] and the seven Nolan Principles of public life
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff at all times
  • Build and maintain good relationships with the school, the trust, the headteacher, staff, pupils and other stakeholder groups
  • Promote links with the school’s community at every opportunity
  • Work with the central team to ensure the school is well supported, and promote positive relationships across the trust
  • Attend and support school events where possible
  • Ensure the school is clear and ambitious for the pupils and in line with the trust’s strategic plan
  • Monitor targets for the school around pupil achievement, school improvement and curriculum development
  • Ensure that the school is best able to achieve its objectives over the long term
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the management of the school, delivery of pupil outcomes and for carrying out any LAB decisions.

Who makes up the LAB?

Local Advisory Boards draw on different stakeholder groups for their membership. The different categories of LAB members are as follows:

  • Staff – elected by the staff at the school
  • Parent – elected by the parent/carer community at the school
  • Headteacher – is an ex-officio member by virtue of their role in the school
  • Community – representative of the local community or to bring a specific skillset

Statutory Information

The following statutory information for SAND Academies Trust can be found on the SAND website https://www.sandmat.uk/governance/

  • Governance structure – including statutory information for Members and Trustees
  • Scheme of Delegation
  • Terms of Reference for board committees and LABs
  • Articles of Association
  • Funding agreements
  • Annual report and audited accounts
  • Executive Pay statement
  • Gender Pay Gap information

Current LAB Members


Name Role Term of Office Appointed By
Wendy Ward Chair 01/04/2021 to 31/03/2025 Trust Board
Pete Hales Headteacher From 20/06/2022 ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher
Katie Sweed Community Member 04/05/2022 to 03/05/2026 LAB Board
Laura Stephens Staff Member 06/01/2023 to 05/01/2027 Elected by school staff
Michelle Early Parent Member  29/11/2023 to 28/11/2027 Parents
Julie Branton Community Member 30/01/2024 to 29/02/2028 LAB Board
Kirsty Doorbar Community Member 30/01/2024 to 29/02/2028 LAB Board

Historical Members

Name Role Resignation Date
Angela Jarvis Trust Appointed 31/01/2024
Brenna Farrow Community Member 28/11/2023
Amanda Browne Community Member 28/11/2023
Deborah Moreton Parent Member  01/11/2022
Luke Holder Staff Member 31/08/2022
James Goodland Community Member 01/05/2021
Sue Colin Community Member 01/05/2022

Contact Details

The Clerk to the LAB is currently a vacant position. If you have any LAB related queries or need to contact Wendy Ward, LAB Chair of Governors, please email clerk@sandmat.uk or write to her at Willow Primary Academy, Evenlode Road, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0JY.

Other LAB Details


Tuesday 26th September 2023

Wednesday 29th  November 2023

Tuesday 23rd January 2024

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Tuesday 30th April 2024

Tuesday 25th June 2024


See document section below


Please visit the SAND Academies Trust website for more details.



Declarations of Interest 2021 - 2022


Declarations of Interest 2022 - 2023


Governor Attendance 2021 - 2023

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