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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


Pen portraits of 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

Madeline Dunckley

Principal of Holne Chase Primary School

Madeline Dunckley has 16 years of experience within primary schools, 5 of which were as headteacher/principal, and 8 years of experience in school governance. Her previous experience in schools is based on school improvement.  Madeline’s roles have been ensuring schools are safe, operating at full capacity and that the children are receiving a high-quality education.  She is a trained coach and has mentored/coached many headteachers and senior leadership teams across several schools to help with raising standards within their own schools.  In addition to her teaching degree, she has gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship and Executive Leadership.   Madeline is currently the Safeguarding Lead for the trust, which she thoroughly enjoys as Safeguarding is one of her passions.

Madeline started at Holne Chase in September 2019 and she is committed to making Holne Chase an outstanding and safe provision for all children.   Holne Chase children deserve a learning environment where any barriers are overcome so that all children can be given the best possible start in life.


Register of interests

Trust Pecuniary Interest Form 2021 template



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]