Fun, Creativity & Achievement



On April 12th 2021, the Trust Board replaced Local Governing Bodies with Local Advisory Boards. This change was made for two key reasons:

  • The responsibility and accountability for each school no longer rests with Governing Bodies but with the Trust. Therefore, we needed a model that was more aligned to our scheme of delegation.
  • We wanted to create a model of Governance which ensures more community representation, is more linked to the Trust and has more time to focus on each school, it’s priorities and its uniqueness, rather than budgets and school performance data.


The Purpose of the LAB


  • The primary focus of the LABs is to promote the best interests of all the children and their families within their school and the wider Trust. They will provide an opportunity to support the ‘uniqueness’ of each school in terms of learning opportunities available, enhancing school wellbeing and a focus on the needs of the local community. The LAB will enhance community engagement through being a collective channel of communication. The focus of enhancing community engagement reflects the Trust’s values and will be particularly important for the growth of the PHAT.

Preston Hedge’s Primary School LAB

Simon Swaffer – Chair of the LAB

I’m approaching my second full year as a Governor. I am keen to see the school continue to thrive and develop from its current very strong position. I am an enthusiastic, well-motivated individual who has been both support and constructively challenging to help the school develop.

I’m a parent of two children who attend Preston Hedges, which puts me in a position to be willing and able to invest my time and commitment over a long period. I am an experienced  financial consultant working for the UK’s largest Mutual insurer, in which everything we do is built on the foundations of Independent Governance and Client Outcomes (in this case the children, teachers and school). I have gained valuable experience and knowledge as a result of sitting on corporate employee representative committees as well as using management, mentoring and situational leadership skills as part of my everyday work. These skills and attributes are benefiting me in my role of LAB chair for the school.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, taking part in triathlons and am happy to encourage my children and others to lead a happy and active lifestyle

Tracey Coles – Principal

 I have worked within Preston Hedge’s Primary School and the Trust since 2007, as a teacher, leader and Principal of the school.

The philosophy of offering ‘Fun, Creativity & Achievement’ to our children is right at the heart of what believe in as an educationalist, and I am honoured to lead a school within our Trust.

I am hugely inspired by the excellence and passion of our children, community and fellow educationalists within the Trust, and enjoy working in collaboration with all of the community to ensure that we offer our children the best possible opportunities for our children.

PHP-LAB Pecuniary-Interest-Form-2021


We will be recruiting LAB members during May 2021 and will be holding a recruitment evening to share further information. If you have any questions, please contact the Trust Company Secretary on :