Our Governors

As a federation we have a single governing board covering eight schools, with an individual local advisory board for each school. One of the underpinning principles of the Primary Advantage Federation is to ‘promote a collaborative approach whilst developing the capacity of each school to serve its own community and retain its distinct identity.’ The structure of the current Governing Board ensures decisions can be made at local advisory board level and the local advisory boards can closely monitor the work in their school.

Annual Governance Statement

It is also good practice for the board to publish an annual governance statement to explain how it has fulfilled its responsibilities – particularly in relation to its core functions. To view our Annual Governance Statement for 2017-18, please click here.

To view our attendance for the Central Governing Board, please click here.

To view our Business and Pecuinary Interests, please click here.

To view our archived Business and Pecuinary Interests, please click here.


Name Role
Louis Coiffait Chair of Central Governing Board
Sian Davies Executive Principal
Gwen Gutzmore LDBS
Donna Thomas Local Authority
Anna Case Staff
Vacancy Foundation
Andrew Bedford Foundation
Rev'd Graham Hunter Foundation
Vacancy Foundation
Heather Rockhold Foundation
Melissa McIntyre Parent
Nina Pope Parent
Bridget Fagan Foundation
Francesca Vinelott Foundation


What is a Federation?

A federation is a group of two or more schools that have made a formal commitment to work together under a single governing body. This enables the schools in the federation to:

  • work together efficiently and sustainably to raise standards,
  • improve services and increase opportunities for pupils and staff; and
  • share resources, staff, expertise and facilities.

The legislation that allows schools to federate is set out in regulations made under sections 24 and 25 of the Education Act 2002. The decision to create or join a federation is usually taken by governors, although in some circumstances the local authority can require schools to federate. In recent years, it has become increasingly common for schools to work together in a federation. Some of the other federations in Hackney are:

  • The Horizon and Downsview Federation, which is made up of two special schools
  • The Federation of Grazebrook and Shacklewell Primary Schools which have two schools across the borough.
  • The federation of Orchard and Southwold Schools which have two schools as a Federation and a partnership school.

The benefits of federation

Working together in a federation brings important benefits to Primary Advantage. It means the schools are able to:

  • Share the knowledge , expertise and ideas of individual members of staff
  • Negotiate discounts and deals with suppliers because we are buying for all eight schools instead of just one
  • Provide staff with excellent training and development opportunities within our federation such as:
    • Assesstival (a Festival of Assessment, an INSET day centred around Assessment and Deep Learning.)
    • Working with other teachers across all schools

Leadership of our Federation

The Leadership

All of our schools share the same governing body and Executive Principal, while each school has it’s own Headteacher. 

While the Primary Advantage Schools work together very closely, they continue to be separate schools. This means that:

  • Each school has its own name, identity, logo and uniform.
  • Pupils stay at the same school site for all their lessons.
  • Hackney Learning Trust considers each school separately when they are processing applications for school places.
  • Ofsted carry out separate inspections of each school.
  • The Department for Education publish separate entries for each school in the performance tables on their website. 

​Contact Details

The Chair of the Federated Governing Body, Louis Coiffait can be contacted in writing or email at the following address:


Chair of the Federated Governing Body,
Primary Advantage c/o Holy Trinity CE Primary School

C/O Holy Trinity Primary School
Beechwood Road
E8 3DY

Tel: 020 7254 1010