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Curwen Primary School


Local Advisory Board

North Beckton Primary School has an active Local Advisory Board (LAB). We act as a critical support to the school, providing strategic governance to ensure that all children receive the best possible education. The LAB meet regularly and follows the scheme of delegation agreed by the Trust Board annually.

What do we do?

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

  • Monitoring and evaluation the schools safeguarding arrangements
  • 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.

The Trust will make available for public inspection copies of agendas, minutes and reports for our meetings including the Trust Board and any of the LAB committees.  Please contact the Trust’s Company Secretary at   


TTLT Annual Reports

Who Are We:

Paul Harris 

TTLT Chief Executive Officer - He is currently the Executive Head Teacher of four schools, of which he led to outstanding with Ofsted, as well as one nursery and children’s centre, all within the London Borough of Newham.

Paul is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best life chances and has a proven track record of tackling key contextual issues to lead schools rapidly and sustainably to being outstanding in all categories.

Named Head Teacher of the Year in 2015, Paul is also a National Leader in Education (NLE) and school improvement advisor working with schools in challenging circumstances. Paul is a regular speaker at educational events, particularly after his involvement as a member of the DfE’s Rochford Review.


Shella Lawrenson 

Shella is the Executive Head Teacher for North Beckton and Ranelagh Primary Schools. She has worked in Newham schools since 1994 and has ensured that the children have been provided with the best opportunities possible. Shella is passionate about education being the steppingstone for future successes in life. 





Swasthi Mahabeer

Swasthi came to Curwen Primary School as an Overseas Trained Teacher from South Africa and has served as a Staff Governor for over 10 years as well as being the Safeguarding Link Governor.  She is also the PPA Leader, teaching across the school from Nursery to Year 6, as well as the school’s Health & Safety Manager, and has seen the school grow both in size and academically.She confidently says that no two years or terms have been the same! Outside of school, Swasthi’s interests include music concerts, visiting galleries and museums, and also reading.



Bridie Mahon

My name is Bridie Mahon. I am the staff governor. I was excited to join the Governing Body to support the school in its journey in a different way to my current role as SENDCo. I have been at North Beckton since Sept 2018 and a governor since 2021. I started teaching in year 4, when I first joined, and had the assistant SENDCo role. In 2019, I became one of the two SENDCos at North Beckton and feel very lucky to be part of a wonderful team both in school and as part of the Governing Body.


Chun Wong

I am a parent governor at North Beckton Primary School where two of my children attend.  I have been a governor since 2021 and having lived in Beckton for over 10 years.  I got involved with the governing body about two years ago to get a better idea of what happens behind the scenes and to give back to the community.  My view of the school has been greatly impacted seeing how hard everyone works in the background especially during the pandemic.  There is so much more to  running a school that many do not appreciate.  I especially love the inclusive nature of the school which is reflected in their motto that 'We All Belong'.  




Magdalena Milkowska

Hi, I'm Magdalena Milkowska, and I am proud to serve as a Parent Governor at North Beckton Primary School. 

As a mother of two, with one child currently attending the school and another starting soon, I have a personal stake in the success of North Beckton Primary School.
While I have spent my entire career designing and developing education software for schools, I am still new to the role of Parent Governor, and I am learning how to be an effective one. However, my passion for improving education and contributing to the school's success drives me to continuously learn and grow in this role.
During my time as a Parent Governor, I have gained valuable insights into how schools operate and the challenges they face.  My primary goal is to support the school's leadership and parents, ensuring that their voices are heard, and their concerns are addressed during Governor meetings.
As a Parent Governor, I am proud to represent the school's community and to work towards achieving our shared goals.


Hiwot Ameneshoa

I have worked in Newham for 8 years having initially taught ina local school. Currently, as a Mental Wellbeing and Resilience Lead I lead on programmes and projects that improve the lives of children, young people and families. I develop, implement and evaluate trauma informed mental health and wellbeing interventions for young people and families; getting to the crux of what really works and providing the right support at the right time. I have over 10 years’ experience working across education, the local authority and voluntary and community sector. In my current role at Newham Council I line manage and develop practice across Early Help, the Vanguard and SAFE programme; prioritising partnership working and co-production with our young people and families across internal and external VCS and NHS services. I am passionate about supporting young people to find their spark and empowering them to be decision makers; to mastermind and be tenacious in achieving their hopes and dreams.

Vinicia Ferreira 

Inspirational Speaker and Founder of organisation Young Generation Needs Us C.I.C, where she addresses social issues, provides guidance and support to young people, parents, organisations and institutions, through tailored workshops and more.  Advocate for neurodiversity and a Youth Mental Health First Aider.  

Has decided to become school governor as she is committed to educational excellence, willing to provide support to North Beckton Primary School using her skills and passion, so every child's need is met. Vinicia's journey as a school governor is fuelled by a deep understanding of the importance of active involvement in shaping the future of our schools, by overseeing and providing accountability especially during early intervention stages, ensuring a brighter tomorrow for our students and the entire community. 


Name Position Pecuniary Interest Form Term Start Term End
Shella Lawrenson Executive Head Teacher Held 01 Jan 2023  
Swasthi Mahabeer Chair - Board Appointed Held 09 Oct 2019 08 Oct 2027
Bridie Mahon Staff Governor Held 24 Sep 2021 23 Sep 2025
Chun Wong Parent Governor Held 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2024
Kizi Scott Co-opted Member Held 12 May 2021 11 May 2025
Magdalena Milkowska Parent Governor Held 02 Feb 2022 01 Feb 2026
Dan Scott Co-opted Member Held 24 Jan 2023  23 Jan 2027
Hiwot Ameneshoa Co-opted Member  Held 24 Jan 2023  23 Jan 2027
Vivan Tam Co-opted and Board Appointed    19 Dec 2023  
Vinicia Ferreira Co-opted and Board Appointed    19 Dec 2023