Local Advisory Boards (LABs)

Local Advisory Boards are vitally important in ensuring the good governance of each academy and are constituted to provide local scrutiny and challenge for Head Teachers and Principals within the individual academies.

According to the NGA latest report here, the general trend in MATs is that the traditional local governing bodies are changing to local advisory boards as a result of the role of MAT Trustees. The  functions of the local board are focused on the importance of monitoring educational standards and school life as well as community engagement and accountability to stakeholders. “A number of trusts are moving the local tier into a specific community or stakeholder engagement role. This is a valid move, as those at academy level often have a strong connection to their individual school and are part of the local community. As such, they volunteer at school level because they want to put something back into the community and help improve education for local children”, NGA June 2019

The LAB exercises the powers and responsibilities delegated to them by the Trust Board. Details of these powers and responsibilities are set out in the Scheme of Delegation and other key policies.

The proposed structure of the LAB is very similar to a traditional LGB and is detailed below:


Elected  Parents

Elected  Staff

Appointed  by the Trust

Headteacher or Head of School



















Contact our chair of the Local Advisory Board

Local Advisory Boards Structure

The following is the minimum number of governors appointed by the Trust on each LAB for the academies:

Governor Profiles

Keys Skills and Experience

A minimum of two educationalists, one of whom should have experience of SEND provision

Qualified teacher and or SENDCO

*A minimum of one local authority representative or person who works at the local or neighbouring authority

Local councillor, LA employee, Professional role within a public body

A minimum of two representatives from the local faith and or community organisations

Representatives from the local Sikh and non-Sikh faith communities

Chair of local advisory body

Name     From To
Kulvir Singh Sidhu        09/04/2020 08/04/2021


Name From To
Angelo Villaschi (Parent Governor) 21/05/2020 20/05/2024
Harprit Seehra (Parent Governor) 21/05/2020 20/05/2024
Jay Dhanjal (Staff Governor) 21/05/2020 20/05/2024
Navdeep Bansal (LA Governor*) 09/04/2020 08/04/2024
Sukhvinder Singh (Community Governor) 09/04/2020 08/04/2024


Governor Attendance

Schools are obliged to publish details of governor attendance.  Below you will find details of current governors’ attendance at meetings:

Atam Academy – Attendance Record 

11/06/20 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes  
20/10/20 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes