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Fun, Creativity & Achievement

Local Advisory Board


Statement about change in the structure

On April 12th 2021, the Trust Board replaced Local Governing Bodies with Local Advisory Boards. This change was made for two key reasons:


The Purpose of the LAB


LAB Members:

Sharon Smith – Interim Chair of the LAB

Sharon Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years at The University of Northampton. She is a registered nurse and health visitor with over twenty years of experience in family and community practice.  Sharon is currently an early year’s academic adviser for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)  ‘A Fit and Healthy Childhood’. She has had extensive experience in school governance at secondary and primary level, including previous Chair of Governors at Preston Hedges for 7 years


Caroline Strewart – Executive Principal

Caroline has been the Principal of Pineham Barns since it opened in 2017, and has had the privilege of building a successful team and growing a school community from the very beginning.  She became the Executive Principal at Buckton Fields in 2021 and more recently Executive Principal at Holne Chase , she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of a school community, to help it grow under the vision of Fun, Creativity and Achievement.

Caroline has been involved in Senior Leadership of schools for many years and was a Headteacher at a one form entry school prior to her role at the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust. Under her leadership in eighteen months, the school achieved an Ofsted judgement of good, after being identified as having significant weaknesses.

As part of the Trust,  Caroline enjoy’s supporting and collaborating with other colleagues to improve and innovate the teaching and learning experiences for the pupils in all the Trust schools. Outside of the Trust, has also been an Ofsted Inspector since 2017 as both a Lead Inspector and team member.


Stephanie Boyers – Acting Principal

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Andrew Earland

Andrew wants to help ensure that all children who attend Holne Chase Primary School and other schools within the Trust are provided with the best possible start to their education through a learning environment which is fun and allows children to be children, as well as a curriculum which creates creative learning experiences and inspires children to achieve.

Andrew is a parent of a child at Holne Chase Primary School. He has worked for the Council in school admissions and in the Higher Education sector in international partnerships and student recruitment. Andrew has a broad understanding of the UK educational landscape, promotes the importance of life-long learning and widening participation. He recognises the pivotal role families play in ensuring their child’s educational achievements.


Tom Barlex

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Imogen Schutching

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Register of interests

HC LAB Interests 20212022



We are currently recruiting for our Local Advisory Board, so if you are interested in joining our new Local Advisory Board, or if have any questions please contact: [email protected]