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Advisory Board



Welcome to the Advisory Board of Woolden Hill Primary School


At Discovery School Academy Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function to be carried out through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

The School Advisory Board has a key role in influencing the direction of the school by offering their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision-making process to support the strategic development of the school and ensure it is meeting the needs of the children. The functions of the Advisory Board are set out in the Trust Scheme of Delegation which sets out the requirements of the Trust and details where the Trustees delegate governance functions locally.

The Advisory Board has a range of responsibilities:

  1. Supporting good governance of the school.
  2. Safeguarding and promoting the values of the school.
  3. Supporting the Headteacher of the school and being a critical friend.
  4. Monitoring the achievement, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety.
  5. Supporting effective financial governance.
  6. Engagement with the school’s key stakeholders e.g. parents/carers, pupils and staff.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.


Message from the Chair of the Advisory Board


"Welcome to Woolden Hill Primary School. My name is Sujay Lavingia; I am married and the father to one boy who attends Woolden Hill. I first volunteered to be a Parent Governor in January 2015 and became Chair of the Advisory Board Members in September 2016.

Woolden Hill is an exciting school, where I truly believe our children can live up to the Schools motto – “Achieving success, creating futures together”.

I very much look forward to working with the School, Parents and the wider community to ensure that everyone is safe in school and the children’s learning potential is reached."


School Advisory Board Members: 2019/20


Name Role
Sarah Sadler Headteacher
Sujay Lavingia Chair of Advisory Board, appointed Community member
Term of Office 20.1.20-19.1.23
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 4/4
Business interests declared 7.10.19: Management Accountant at Edie Stobart Ltd since 2010
William James Elected Parent member
Term of Office 5.6.19 – 4.6.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1
Business interests declared 7.10.19: Owner Director of Target Studios Ltd commercial photography since January 1995
Elizabeth Roche Appointed Community member
Term of Office 28.3.18- 27.3.21
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 2/4
No relevant business interests declared 12.11.18
Lauren Atkinson Appointed Community member
Term of Office 5.6.19 – 4.6.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: 1/1
No relevant business interests declared 7.10.19
Liz Cooper Elected Staff member
Term of Office 11.12.19 –10.12.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 3/3
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
No business interests declared 11.12.19
Barbara Gibson Elected Parent member
Term of Office 9.3.20 –10.3.23
Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2018-19: n/a
Business interests declared 12.3.20: employed at Leicestershire County Council since April 2005

Get in Touch



If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting the Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Sujay Lavingia, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Trust Clerk

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Scheme of Delegated Authority 2019/20

Goverance Strategy

Discovery Schools Academy Trust Governance


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