School Advisory Board

Board of Governors

Welcome to the Advisory Board of Parkland 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, the Board delegates governance functions to be carried out regionally through a Cluster Governing Body and Central Executive Team, and locally through the school Advisory Board.

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 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.

School Advisory Board Members: 2017-18

Sarah Bishop

Headteacher (ex-officio)



 Celia Varley


Chair of Advisory Board and Community member

Term of Office: 16.1.17-15.1.2021
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18 3/3

Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4

Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 5/5
Business interests declared 28.9.17: Director of CFV Ltd, school improvement since April 2011.



Richard Eastman


Vice-Chair and Community member

Term of Office: 9.6.2016-5.6.2020
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18 3/3

Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 2/4

Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 5/5
No relevant business interests declared 28.9.17



Sanjay Thakrar


Community member

Term of Office: 9.6.16-8.6.20
Attendance at AB meetings 2017-18 3/3

Attendance at FGB meetings 2016-17: 4/4

Attendance at FGB meetings 2015-16: 0/1
Business interests declared 28.9.17: employee at Santander



Fiona Ellis


Staff member

Term of Office: 28.9.17-27.9.20
Attendance at FGB meetings 2017-18 3/3

Business interests declared 18.9.17: employment at the school.

Parent member


Parent member


Dawn White

Cluster Leader, Discovery Schools Academies Trust

Paul Stone

CEO, Discovery Schools Academies Trust

Anna Mousley


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 Helen Stockill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Discovery Schools Academy Trust Website

Scheme of Delegated Authority

Governance Straregy


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