Wickersley St Alban’s C of E Primary School

Local School Board

Martin Jacques (Chair of Board) can be contacted through:

School telephone: 01709 542878 

School email: stalbans@sap.dsat.education

School postal address: Morthen Road, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 1EU

Governance in our school and the role of the school board

The relationship between the trust and the secretary of state for education is set out in a legal document known as the funding agreement. The funding agreement and the Academies Financial Handbook are two key documents that DSAT Trustees work to. DSAT trustees are responsible for three core functions. They are setting the direction of the trust and its schools, holding the appointed DSAT Executives and school leaders to account and ensuring financial probity. As charity trustees, they ensure that DSAT complies with charity law requirements and, as company directors, must comply with company law requirements. The details of what has been delegated from the trustees to executive leaders appointed by DSAT are detailed in a scheme of delegation. This makes it clear what functions the trustees have delegated and to whom.  

To see who the Trustees are and to access the scheme of delegation, please visit dsat.education. 

Each DSAT academy also has a Local School Board, which acts in an advisory capacity. Our school board is made up of, the headteacher, two parents, two foundation members, a local representative and a staff member. It meets three times yearly to consider and scrutinise how we deliver for our pupils and parents. Members of the school board also support the school in recruitment and other local activities that help ensure the school reflects the community’s needs and retains its unique identity. More details can be found on the dsat.education website in the document Local School Boards in DSAT. 

Local School Board Members

Category Name  Start Date 
Foundation and Chair Martin Jacques November 2022
Foundation  Corey Lovell November 2022
 Parent Thomas Lawrence March 2022
Parent  Robert Peace March 2022
Staff  Paul Frelich November 2021
Community  Gill Lawrence  November 2023 
Community  John Barber November 2023
Head of School  Lucy Higson
Executive Head teacher  Amy Gurner 


Safeguarding Lead: The Chair and Headteacher

Governance and statutory oversight of safeguarding lies with the trustees. The main trustee for safeguarding is James Dugmore. However, local boards are ‘our eyes and ears’, the protection of children is the core of this.  We invest in training to provide LSBs with more incredible skills in this area.  We cannot think of a more critical task for an LSB than bringing together their local community knowledge and knowledge of school practice to ensure that safeguarding is at the core of what we do.   The LSB has access to all relevant information, including the audits that DSAT complete centrally. The LSB always asks, “Do the audits reflect how the local community view safeguarding at the school?”

Monitoring School Performance

Lead: Corey Lovell 

Members: All members

DSAT’s school improvement protocols mean a school has support visits throughout the academic year.  The Record of Visit will typically focus on the many positive elements we see, but the purpose is to identify areas where support is required.  These ROVs (Record of Visits) provide information that can assist the LSB in asking the right questions at LSB’s meetings.   LSBs can have data to be a better ‘critical friend’ influencing the outcome, not just reviewing it. The LSB is critical to asking the right questions about school progress, understanding the priorities, and ensuring the community’s needs are met. Feedback from LSBs has been very positive regarding the training we provide.  Good data is only meaningful when it is understood.  DSAT aims to ensure through training and coaching that LSBs understand the information to which they have access.  LSBs are not required to pass comments on classroom practice, judge teaching methods or assess the perceived quality of teaching.  DSAT expert practitioners will provide the LSB with this information where it is relevant to do so. At every LSB meeting, the group ask, “Is this school delivering positive progress for every pupil” asking, “Are relationships with the community and parents supporting this progress?”

Parent Communication

Lead: Mr Robert Peace 

St Alban’s values parent engagement.  A DSAT Parental Survey has been launched across all schools, and the outcome of the parental questionnaire forms a discussion for the local board for local action.

Distinctive Christian Character

Lead: Martin Jacques 

Members: Foundation Members

The trust is deeply respectful of parish and mission area oversight for church schools. The LSB has a  local responsibility concerning Church schools. The LSB asks, “Does our theological rationale meet our local needs?” Members of the LSB play a key role in outlining how effective links are formed with the local community and parish during any SIAMS inspection.

Grants and Funding

Lead: Thomas Lawrence 

The LSB encourages parent involvement, organises fundraising events, and helps school develop partnerships with local businesses and community groups.  The LSB provides guidance, resources, and support,  the school board helps school to organise successful grant applications and fundraising campaigns that benefit the entire community.