Local Academy Board

A key role in governance

The Directors of the GEMS Learning Trust have established a Local Academy Board at GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy. Members of this board play a key role in supporting the Board of Directors to fulfil their statutory, contractual and regulatory duties of governance to ensure that the Academy fulfils the needs and expectations of parents, children and the community. 

The Local Academy Boards have the following functions:


  • To receive constitutional matters from the Trustees
  • To review and approve policies in accordance with the policy review cycle as delegated by the Trustees.

Stakeholder engagement

  • To engage with stakeholders; pupils, staff, parents/carers and the community
  • To monitor the effectiveness of the complaints policy and procedures; provide one or more representative the Trust on a complaints panel
  • To ensure that each Academy meets legal requirements to publish information online

Monitor educational experiences and standards

  • To scrutinise data and information regarding the attainment and welfare of all children
  • To determine timing and arrangements for parents’ evenings
  • To be consulted on a wide range of issues such as Academy uniform, term dates, the school day, provision of after-school clubs etc.
  • To support activities including trips, reading etc.

When undertaking school inspections, Ofsted inspectors will wish to see evidence of the impact of both the Board and the LAB on improving school standards and often wish to meet with representatives of the LAB.

Who are we?

Staff Members:

Principal: John Smith


SENCO: Kizzie Elliott


Parent member: Zahid Khan


Zahid Khan is a father of one of our Year 2 pupils and a Legal Advocate for GK Associates.

Parent member: Daniel Firman


Daniel is a father of one of our Year 2 pupils

Co-opted members: Cllr. Clare Head


Councillor Clare Head is Councillor for the South Twickenham Ward.

We currently have one vacancy for a co-opted member.

Minutes of Meetings

LAC meetings September 2015 - July 2017

March 2016

May 2016

November 2016

April 2017

June 2017

LAB meetings from September 2017

November 2017

March 2018

June 2018

Get in touch

If you would like to contact a member of the LAB please send an email to the address below:


Further information

More details can be found by clicking here in the Terms of Reference.