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School Advocates





In response to the changing governance needs of a multi-academy trust and the recent external governance review carried out across the trust, The Rivers CofE Academy Trust launched its innovative and sector-leading governance structure in September 2022.


The new structure at our school replaces the School Improvement Board and consists of the following advocate roles at local level:


Headteacher Advocate – to seek assurance that the head is listened to, supported and challenged


Pupil Experience Advocate – to seek assurance that pupils are listened to, feel safe in school and are successful learners


Community Advocate – to seek assurance that the school engages positively with its key stakeholders and local community


At Northwick Manor Primary School, our Advocates are:


* Headteacher Advocate -  

Mrs Susan Hamilton



* Pupil Experience Advocate -

Mrs Kate Barnes




* Community Advocates -

Daniel Hughes


 The aim of this new governance structure is to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the different governance tiers in order to avoid duplication. The new structure will strengthen communication between the governance tiers and maximise the use of the skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone within the governance team. Pupils will remain at the core of all decision-making.

Trustees recognise the importance of the local voice and are committed to ensuring that the local tier contributes to the development of organisational thinking. The election of two parent/carer representatives as advocates per school will ensure that the voice of parents/carers contributes to decisions made at trust board level.


*If you wish to contact one of our school advocates, please email the school office  at and mark FAO [name and advocate role] to