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Curwen Primary School


Local Advisory Board

North Beckton Primary School has an active local advisory board. We act as a critical support to the school, providing strategic governance to ensure that all children receive the best possible education. The LAB meets twice a term and delegates its business to a range of committees, where appropriate.

What do we do?

The LAB has an important part to play in raising school standards through its three key roles:

  • setting strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance

We have responsibility, together with the leadership team, for agreeing the policies for the general running of the school. Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We ensure the school finances are in order by monitoring the school's budget on a regular basis
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The LAB is drawn from the staff of the school, the Local Education Authority, parents and the wider community that the school serves.

Who we are: 

Lisa Spencer 


Jackie Withnall 





I have spent all of my career working in primary education in Newham. My special interests are the creative arts and working in partnership with parents and the community around the school. Now semi retired I share my time between mentoring teacher trainees, baking, treading the boards and volunteering as a trustee for local charities. 

Marion May 

I have spent most of my career helping to protect the interests of children. Since retiring, in addition to supporting North Beckton School, I am involved in community outreach and volunteer at a local foodbank and lunch club and recycle good quality second hand school uniform. I also love to read.

Sherine El- Damanawi Pratt 

I have been working in the education sector for 13 years. I am currently a senior leader in an inner London girls school. I am proud to be part of a cohesive and passionate governing body.

Name Position End Date Appointed by
Alison Helm Head Teacher   Member
Lisa Spencer Chair; Raising Attainment and Progress (Lead) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor
Natalija Girzade   20/09/2021 Staff Governor
Jackie Withnall   17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor
Sherine El-Damanawi Pratt   12/05/2019 Parent Governor
Leena Choi   09/07/2018 Parent Governor
Twinkle Kumar   09/07/2018 Parent Governor
Suus-Anna Karskamp-Eve   28/03/2018 LA Governor

Finance, Premises & Staffing Committee


Name Position End Date Appointed by
Jackie Withnall Chair (FPS) 17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor
Lisa Spencer Chair (GB from June'16) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor
Paul Harris Advisory Executive Headteacher   Member
Alison Helm Head Teacher    

 Progress Board/Standards & Safeguarding Committee


Name Position End Date Appointed by
Maggie Cameron-Ratchford      
Lisa Spencer Vice Chair 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor
Paul Harris Advisory Executive Headteacher   Member
Alison Helm Head Teacherl    
Suus-Anna Harskamp-Eve      
Dani Wade Lead Commissioning Officer for School Improvement    
Judith Wilson School Improvement Adviser    

North Beckton Governing Board Attendance 2017/18


Governor Name   

No. of Meetings


Ms. Lisa Spencer   10 of 14
Mrs. Jackie Withnall    8 of 11
Mrs. Sherine El-Damanawi   4 of 6
Ms. Natalija Girzade   6 of 6
Mr. Paul Harris   14 of 14
Ms. Alison Helm    9 of 9 
Ms. Maggie Cameron-Ratchford   3 of 3
Ms. Twinkle Jayakumar   1 of 1
Ms. Suus-Anna Harskamp-Eve   3 of 3
Miss. Anqi Guo Resigned  
Mr Mohammad Shakir Resigned  
Ms. Sarah Issop Resigned  
Ms. Marion May Resigned  
Ms. Monica Kotwica Resigned