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The Local Academy Board (LAB) at New Christ Church Primary School is appointed by the Trustees of the Berkshire Schools Trust (BST).  It currently has a mix of community, foundation, parent and staff governors taking into account the varied skills and experience offered as an academy board.


Under its governing document, BST may appoint up to three more community governors.


Meanwhile, if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a governor, whether as a parent, staff member or community member, please email the clerk to governors, Clare Hails, on for further information.  Thank you.



What does the LAB do?


The LAB has three main responsibilities:


  • to provide the strategic vision and support and challenge to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team for the day to day running of the school;
  • to monitor the progress and wellbeing of the children attending New Christ Church Primary School and the staff who teach and support them, and report on it to BST;
  • to make sure that the public money allocated to the school is managed effectively and in the best interests of pupils and staff at the school, and report on that to BST.


The LAB meets six times a year at New Christ Church Primary School, for approximately two hours.  Currently, LAB meetings are held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19.  Each governor is responsible for monitoring the school's performance in a specific area related to their personal skills and experience, so additional meetings and reports are usually required depending on the area of responsibility allocated to them.  Governors often also attend school events and parents' evenings, so it can mean quite a commitment.



Meeting Dates:


Wednesday 23 September 2020; Governors - online via Zoom due to COVID-19

Wednesday 18 November 2020; Governors - online via Zoom due to COVID-19

Wednesday 27 January 2021; Governors

Wednesday 24 March 2021; Governors

Wednesday 19 May 2021; Governors

Wednesday 14 July 2021; Governors





Name Elected by Start of Term End of Term
Peter Day Ex-officio 01/01/2014 n/a
Ali Crooks Ex-officio 01/09/2016 n/a
Joss Kitching Ex-officio 01/09/2018 n/a
Michaela Singh Ex-officio 01/01/2005 n/a
Richard Bainbridge Foundation 01/03/2017 28/02/2021
Graeme Buick GB/BST 17/04/2017 16/04/2021

Mariam Bugri

Co Chair - Parents 01/09/2017 31/08/2021

Hazel Jones

Co Chair - Parents 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Joanna Laynesmith Foundation 22/05/2019 23/05/2023
Jane Turner Parents 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
David Shepherd Staff 01/09/2018 31/08/2022




Meeting Attendance:


  23/09/2020 18/11/2020 27/01/2021 24/03/2021 19/05/2021 14/07/2021

Meeting held

virtually via

Zoom due to 


Meeting held

virtually via

Zoom due to


Peter Day x x        
Richard Bainbridge Y Y        
Mariam Bugri Y Y        
Graeme Buick Y Y        
Ali Crooks


Hazel Jones Y Y        
Joss Kitching


Joanna Laynesmith Y Y        
David Shepherd Y Y        
Michaela Singh Y Y        
Jane Turner Y Y        



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New Christ Church Primary School is a member of the Berkshire Schools Trust.