Our Local Advisory Board
Whiteknights Primary School is part of Bellevue Place Education Trust which is overseen by a Board of Trustees, known as the BPET Board. The trustees are highly experienced professionals, including education professionals, working alongside trustees appointed following a skills-based assessment. Each school that is part of the Trust has a Local Advisory Board which is comprised of parents, members of the community and the Headteacher.
The Local Advisory Board (LAB) meets four times a year and has a strong focus on three strategic functions:
- Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school, within the overall vision of the Trust.
- Holding the Headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
- Ensuring investment in educational improvement is value for money and having an impact.
The Headteacher has day-to-day responsibility for the efficient management of the school and members of the LAB and staff work together. It is our aim for all children to leave Whiteknights Primary School as independent learners with self-belief, abiding respect for others and the tenacity to pursue their ambitions. We strive to instill a lifelong love for learning and a strong grounding for future success. Parents have an opportunity to join the LAB as parent advisers when vacancies arise.
Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this oversees the strategic governance of Whiteknights Primary School.
Meet the Local Advisory Board
I joined the governing body of Whiteknights in March 2020 (before the school joined Bellevue Place Education Trust) wanting to use any relevant skills and experience to support the school. My son is a pupil here, and is noticeably benefiting from the quality of education delivered by the superb team that has made the school what it is today. The opportunity to volunteer as a school governor is a great way for me to give something back, to support the good work that the staff and governors are already doing. It's a privilege to play a part in "growing greatness" in the children that attend the school and to serve the local community.
My background has been in various sectors of IT and communications with a focus on technical operations, service delivery and management. My work responsibilities also include maintaining standards, ensuring technical, procedural and policy compliance with GDPR, ISO27001 along with a number of other industry standards and accreditations. There's a proverb that states that "iron sharpens iron", and it's impressive to see the ambition of striving towards excellence already in the school - I'm certainly learning a lot in this role and hoping that I can also contribute much towards achieving the best outcomes for our children.
I have worked in Education for the past 18 years. Prior to this, I worked for the Civil Service and have been a childminder when my own children were young.
As a qualified teacher for the past fifteen years alongside being a qualified SENCO for the past ten years, I feel that I can bring a wealth of experience regarding both teaching pedagogy and meeting the learning needs of the pupils at our school to the Governing Body. I am committed to ensure that our school continues to offer all pupils the very best start in life and that they can reach their full potential. I am looking forward to working as a governor and I hope that my contribution will help the school strengthen.
Keith graduated with an Honours degree in Social Science in 1991, and then completed a PGCE course in History, gaining distinction in practice. He began teaching in 1992. He has a Master’s degree in Education Management and attained the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He has been working at Garth Hill College since 2001 and became Principal in 2007. He has extensive experience of working with other schools (former PIXL Club Associate and Chair of the Bracknell Forest Secondary Headteachers’ Group). He currently sits on the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board Partnership and Bracknell Forest Schools’ Forum. He is skilled in all main aspects of education management including finance, curriculum and assessment. He is married with three children, and his interests outside of education include music, military history and Chelsea Football Club.
- 28 years in education; 19 years as a senior leader
- Principal of large secondary school (OFSTED ‘Good’)
- Eight years as a primary school governor
- Former PIXL Club Board Member and Associate (2008-2017)
- Former Chair of LSCB Committee on Learning and Professional Development (2016-17)
- Former Chair of Bracknell Forest Secondary Headteachers’ Group (2014-2017)
Both my children spent their primary school years at Whiteknights and enjoyed it very much. I am an electrical engineer by profession, and work locally for National Grid as an operational manager at the Electricity National Control Centre.I am also currently a member of the Resources committee within the LAB.
I joined the Governing Body in September 2016 as a Parent Governor. My daughter started at Whiteknights in 2014 in Reception and in the following 2 years I saw great developments in the approach and teaching within Key Stage 1. I work in the chemical industry for a consultancy company and am on a training panel for professionals in my discipline. By joining the Governors (now LAB), I hope to be able to bring my experiences of the external working world to help the school to be well placed to support its pupils achieve their maximum potential.
I was appointed by the full governing body in April 2018, and am currently the Access & Inclusion advisor of the LAB. After 30 years of working in the information and library sector I am now working part-time in a totally different field. This leaves me time to devote to my governing responsibilities and I look forward to working in partnership with the other LAB members to ensure that Whiteknights provides the best possible education for all the children.
My name is Rhoda Agbamuche and I am a mother to three children, all of whom have attended Whiteknights - Ekene is currently in Year 6 and will soon be moving one to Secondary school. I am a retail Manager for a well-known retail brand . I have over 15 years of managerial experience in the retailing sector. The reason I initially wanted to be a Governor was to help the school achieve its aims. I come from a well-educated family in Africa, and seeing children progress towards achieving what they wish to do is my desire. As an LAB member I would like to invest my time in making sure learning and the development of children are working priorities. Seeing children from different backgrounds achieving excellent results as a team is my passion.
I have two children, Rhys and Brooke, and I work at the University of Reading where I am responsible for the training and development of new teaching staff. My son Rhys started at Whiteknights in September 2012 and since then the School has made fantastic progress with a new headteacher and two Ofsted inspections taking place. I joined the governing body in December 2014, and am now a member of the LAB. I have enjoyed working with the pupils, parents and staff to help ensure that Whiteknights is the very best it can be. I am currently vice chair of the LAB, with responsibility for Development.