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Saxmundham Primary School

Local Advisory Board

The Trust


Saxmundham Primary School joined the Avocet Academy in November 2018.  Avocet Academy Trust was founded in 2014 with the shared belief that collaboration is a key to success. This belief is adopted at all levels throughout each of the Academy schools.  

Our vision centres on the child. The way we ensure everything centres on the child is through our core values:


  • Collaboration

  • Diversity

  • Responsibility

  • Enrichment

  • Inclusion


We believe that this enables children to excel in whatever they do. 


Avocet Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is based on a set of values that determine all actions and decisions made throughout the Trust. All of these values are focused on the children to ensure that they have the perfect platform from which to grow.


With all decisions and actions based around these core values, we are able to deliver an education which takes into account the needs of the different pupils, schools and communities which they serve.


The Avocet Academy Trust has a Board of Trustees that has ultimate responsibility for everything that goes on within the Trust and its schools.  The Avocet Trust Board oversees educational policy and practice, the standards achieved, the deployment of people and other resources, governance and strategic development for the whole family of Avocet schools.


Local Advisory Boards

Each school within the Academy has a Local Advisory Board. 


The Avocet Trust Board has established five key roles for these Advisory Boards:

  • To advise/act as a critical friend to the school leader;

  • To advise the Avocet Trust Board about local issues they need to consider that affect the school;

  • Represent the interest of the school community in the running of the school;

  • Represent the school in its community;

  • Provide support to the school leader in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential in the life of the school.


The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the Advisory Board undertakes: 

  • it acts as a key link between the school, parents and local community;

  • it supports the work of the school in the community;

  • it supports the school leadership team in the development and implementation of the school development plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the Avocet ethos remains at the heart of the school community; ​​​​​​

  • it helps on the ground with the implementation of certain whole Academy and school policies;

  • it offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the school leader;

  • it regularly reviews the school’s performance in relation to the Key Performance Indicators.



Current Local Advisory Board Members (March 2023)


NameCategoryAppointing BodyDate AppointedTerm of OfficePosition of responsibility
Donald Hawkleyco-opted LAB MemberLAB17/3/2216/3/25Chair of LAB/Safeguarding
Cheryl SingletonActing HeadteacherN/A  Acting Headteacher
Judy Barberco-opted LAB MemberLAB17/3/2216/3/25 
Edward Newmanco-opted LAB MemberLAB7/11/226/11/25 
Angela SkinnerLA LAB MemberLAB17/3/2216/3/25 
Maisie WellumParent GovernorLAB29/4/2128/4/24 
Susan Hembling Staff GovernorLAB   


Local Advisory Board Attendance

All agendas and minutes are available upon request (excepting confidential documents). 

Please contact stating the documents you are requesting.

The following documents can be found on the Avocet Academy Trust website:


Trust Annual Audited Accounts

Trust Annual Report

Articles of Association

Trust Funding Agreement

Trust Memorandum of Association

Avocet Academy Trust does not currently have any employees earning over £100K