School Advisory Board

Board of Governors

Welcome to Redland’s Advisory Board


At Discovery Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function to be carried out through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

The Advisory Board has a range of responsibilities:

  1. Supporting good governance of the school.
  2. Safeguarding and promoting the values of the school.
  3. Supporting the Headteacher of the school and being a critical friend.
  4. Monitoring the achievement, quality of teaching and behaviour and safety.
  5. Supporting effective financial governance.
  6. Engagement with the school’s key stakeholders e.g. parents/carers, pupils and staff.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.


Message from the Chair of the Advisory Board


Welcome to Redlands Community Primary School and “Hello” from the Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board works with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to provide support, advice and challenge. Our aim and focus is for children to be safe, achieve their full potential, interact with their local community and to be encouraged to be the very best they can be.

The Board meets several times per year and each member holds a lead area thus providing meaningful support and challenge when needed. The board acts as a critical friend to help Redlands be a great school for the community of Sileby.

Our Board comprises of elected parents, community members, the Headteacher and staff members to create a balance of perspectives to fulfil the board’s role.

The importance of the role of parents and carers in supporting children cannot be overstated. If we work together Redlands will continue to grow from strength to strength.

If you have any questions, please contact Simon Dalby, Chair of the Advisory Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Advisory Board members 2021-22


Name Role
Michelle Tobin Headteacher (ex-officio)
Simon Dalby Elected Parent Member and Chair
Term of Office 3.12.19 – 2.12.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Business interests declared 14.9.21: Senior Public Health Manager, Leicestershire County Council Public Health since Feb’15
Vanessa Dakin Community Member and Vice Chair
Term of Office: 3.11.20 -2.11.2023
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
No business interests declared 26.8.21
Claire Zmija Parent Member
Term of Office 3.12.19 – 2.12.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Business interests declared 12.9.21: Employed as LSA1:1 at Redlands Primary School since 2017
Drew Simpson Elected Staff Member
Term of Office 3.5.19-2.5.22
Attendance at AB meetings 2021.22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4
Business interests declared 7.9.21: Staff member at the school since August 2016.
Peter Small Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 19.4.21 – 18.4.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 1/1
No business interests declared 12.9.21
Nick Salter Appointed Community Member
Term of Office 19.4.21 – 18.4.24
Attendance at AB meetings 2021-22: 1/1
Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 0/1
No business interests declared 30.8.21

Scheme of Delegated Authority


Scheme of Delegation 2021/22

Governance Strategy


Governance Strategy

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Get in touch


If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting the Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Vanessa Dakin, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Trust Clerk

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyright © 2021 Redlands Community Primary School

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