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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

Who we are: 

Name Position Pecuniary Interest Form Term Start Term End
Alison Helm Head Teacher Held    
Swasthi Mahabeer Chair - Board Appointed Held 09 Oct 2019 08 Oct 2023
Natalija Girzade Staff Governor Held 21 Sep 2017 20 Sep 2021
Jackie Withnall Co-opted Member Held 01 Apr 2019 30 Mar 2023
Suus-Anna Karskamp-Eve Co-opted Member Held 01 Apr 2019 30 Mar 2023
Andrew West Co-opted Member Held 08 Oct 2020 07 Oct 2024
Chun Wong Parent Governor Held 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2024
Kizi Scott Co-Opted Member Held 12 May 2021 11 May 2025
Shirley-Anne Bimpong Board Appointed   12 May 2021 11 May 2025
Vacancy Parent Governor      
Leena Choi Parent Governor     11 Mar 2020
Twinkle Kumar Parent Governor     07 Oct 2020
Hassan Mahmood Board Appointed     10 Mar 2021
Karinna Williams Co-opted Member     10 Mar 2021

North Beckton Governing Board Attendance 2019/20

Governor Name 

No. of Meetings


Ms Girzade 4/4
Ms Harskamp-Eve 3/4
Ms Helm 4/4
Ms Jayakumar 2/4
Ms Mahabeer 4/4
Mr Mahmood 3/4
Ms Williams 2/4
Ms Withnall 4/4
Ms Choi 1/1