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Local Academy Committee

The current members of our Local Academy Committee are:

  Richard Walton - Chair of LAC (Foundation)

Richard has nearly 20 years experience in serving as a Governor of Church Primary schools. He is currently Chair of Governors at St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Hammersmith, which has seen rapid improvement to be an Outstanding School in 30 months. He is active in his local church in West London and has recently been nominated to the Board of the LDBS by Hammersmith & Fulham Deanery.


His home town is Newcastle and he follows the Magpies, which is sometimes depressing! He has lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for over 25 years and is a passionate supporter of England Rugby. He went to school in Yorkshire and followed this up by joining the navy as a navigator. Saw the world and was paid for the privilege! His commercial background has been spent in senior management in the fashion industry and in top-end retailing and brand management. He currently runs his own consultancy business mentoring and advising small businesses. His hobbies include watching sport, cinema, travel, and especially cooking. He says “I don’t run, cycle (any more), play tennis, gym or do any kind of active sport as I’m just not built that way!”


He’s passionate about primary education and believes that we all have a responsibility to give our children the chance to start life on the right foot with a good basic education and equip them to “Shape our City” for the future.


He wants to encourage all stakeholders to support the Head Teacher and every other teacher and member of staff to make St Andrew & St Francis School the best it can possibly be and a Centre of Excellence in North West London.


James Newhall - (Foundation)

James is a strong advocate for better education in Brent, better parking and better healthcare services, in particular for children. James as previously worked for the Conservative Party as a Campaign Manager and currently works in Parliament, where he is leading on campaign against increasing energy prices, housing shortages and anti-corruption.

In his spare time James enjoys football, rugby and cycling, and has completed a number of cycling trips in order to raise money for Great Ormond Street, who took excellent care of his daughter when she was born.

James is married to Diana, with whom he has two children Olivia, 4 and Noah, 1.




Kate Roskell - Vice Chair (Foundation)

Kate has over 25 years experience as a secondary school teacher and leader in London, including 11 years as Headteacher of a Church of England secondary school. She is a maths graduate and taught the subject to A level as part of her wider school responsibilities. Much of Kate’s work has been in church secondary schools within the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) family and so she has a deep understanding of what makes an outstanding Church of England academy. Kate is now Secondary and Co-ordinating Adviser at LDBS. She works with senior school leaders and governors across the diocese supporting school effectiveness and improvement. Kate worships at St John’s Hyde Park and is a keen singer and walker.


Troy Sharpe - Headteacher (Ex Officio)

Troy has over 15 years of experience working across 5 inner London local authorities. In his previous role as Headteacher of St John’s HV, Troy lead the school from good to outstanding in under 3 years while achieving some of the schools best results locally and nationally.

Troy was appointed as Headteacher of SASF in September 2015 and , in conjunction with staff and LAC, is looking to take the school to good for its next inspection and on to outstanding.

Troy is extremely passionate about developing children's resilience and academic potential, ensuring children are ready for the challenge they face in today's world.


Parita Shah - (Staff)

Parita is a member of the teaching staff and currently teaches in Yr 2. She has worked in St. Andrew & St. Francis Primary school for 13 years across both Key Stages 1 & 2.

Over the 13 years, Parita has held various Leadership positions and is currently Literacy leader. She is proud to be part of a school which is constantly striving to improve teaching and learning.

Parita's outside interests span from reading to running in order to fundraise for charities close to her heart.


Adele Cross - (Foundation)

“I am dedicated to serving young people and I have the privilege of being able to do this in both my professional and personal life. With nearly 15 years’ experience as a programme maker at BBC Radio I have gained a thorough knowledge of the concerns and lifestyles of young people. I am also a youth worker at New Life Bible Church where I direct the youth gospel choir. The ages range from 13-24 and it’s been a source of pride to watch these young people grow and develop. I may not have natural born children of my own as yet but over the last several years I have been looked upon to act as their coach, referee, teacher and counsellor. As a foundation governor it’s an honour to have the chance to shape the culture of the school, develop the learning of our pupils and train them well for a bright future.”


Saba Tesfay - (Parent)

I am really enjoying my role as parent governor at St Andrew and St Francis CofE Primary School where my children attend. Being part of the governing body gives me a good understanding on how schools run and the support it gives to our children in our community. I wanted to get involved because as a mum of three girls and two boys who all attend the school, I feel I can offer my experience as a parent across the whole school.

I believe I bring a unique perspective as a parent and love being able to help the school provide the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children.


Nikki Orphanides  - (Parent)

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The LDBS Academies Trust has a small board of directors which oversees 7 schools through its chief executive; each school has a local academy committee which looks after the day to day operation of their school.

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Class of the Week

  • KS1 - Rec - Villiers 98.3% KS2 - Year 4 Sherrick - 100%

Current Totals

  • KS1 - 95.7% KS2 - 97.1%

Overall School

  • 96.5%

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