Whitehall Park School
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Whitehall Park School
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Local Advisory Board

From September 2018, the Local Governing Board will be replaced with a Local Advisory Board following a review of the Governance structure across all schools in the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET).

Whitehall Park School’s local governance is overseen by the Local Advisory Board (LAB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:


  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school, within the overall vision of the Trust.
  • Holding the Headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • Ensuring investment in educational improvement is value for money and having an impact.

These functions have been delegated to the LAB by the BPET Board, which is the maintaining authority for the school.  Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this oversees the strategic governance of Whitehall Park School.

Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Whitehall Park School benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.

BPET responsibilities are set out in the two key following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:

  • Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
  • Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Whitehall Park School

The delegation for Whitehall Park School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation.  To support BPET Local Advisers, all are provided with the BPET Local Advisory Board Handbook that sets out the terms of reference and structure, along with a code of conduct for BPET Local Advisers.

This means that Whitehall Park School’s Local Advisers are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and high educational aspirations to meet the needs of the local community.

In keeping with the BPET vision of developing autonomous schools, there is extensive local choice about the structure, size and operation of each LAB. The following decisions set the limits on this local choice:

  • The LAB must operate within the BPET structure, and must remain within the overall vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust
  • The Chair of each LAB is appointed by the BPET Board, serving at the pleasure of the BPET Board
  • The Chair and Headteacher together use a skills-based approach to appointing the local advisers, each to serve for a four-year term.
  • There must be a minimum of two parent advisers, but there is no maximum
  • The suggested size of an LAB is 6-10

The LAB meets four times a year.

All Local Advisers are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year.  For 2018/19 declarations and Information regarding LAB advisers, click here

Please click here to see the Annual Governance Report for 2017/2018.

Current Advisers

The Local Advisory Board is clerked by an experienced, Independent Clerk – Mike Herlihy.   The Local Advisory Board itself is made up as follows:-

LAB Role Name Core Aspect of School Life
Chair of advisers Paul Domjan Safeguarding and Additional Educational Needs
Community Adviser Todd Lindsay Attainment and Achievement including PPG
Community Adviser Linda Trapnell Leadership Management  and Overall effectiveness
Parent Adviser Nikki Uppal Curriculum
Parent Adviser Maurice Goldstone TBC
Parent Adviser Veli Avdji TBC
Parent Adviser Helen Mabelis TBC

All community advisers are local residents and bring a range of different skills and experience that will benefit the school.

Read more about each of our advisers on their profile pages which can be found below:

Laura Birkett- Headteacher 

Paul Domjan – Chair of Advisers

Todd Lindsay – Community Adviser

Linda Trapnell – Community Adviser

Nikki Uppal – Parent Adviser

Maurice Goldstone – Parent Adviser 

Veli Avdji- Parent Adviser

Helen Mabelis- Parent Adviser



Please click here to read our Autumn Term 2018 LAB newsletter



Please click here to see the Governors Summary of Interests and details regarding their specific roles 2017/2018

Please click here to read our Spring 2018 Governors newsletter

Please click here to read our Autumn 2017 Governors newsletter



Please click here to see the Annual Governance Report for 2016/2017.

Please click here to read our Spring 2017 Governors newsletter

Please click here to read our Summer 2017 Governors newsletter


To contact Whitehall Park School’s Local Advisory Board, you can email: