Local Advisory Board

The Morningside Primary Local Advisory Board is made up of the following staff, parent and community members:

Heather Rockhold – Equalities, Curriculum Provision & Assessment

“I have been involved in education for over forty years, my teaching experience having covered the entire primary age range and specialist work with secondary pupils. Until I retired I was a primary school Headteacher in Hackney for twenty years. I have also been a member of several Advisory Committees at the DfE.

As well as being Chair of the School Committee at Morningside, I am also the school’s governor representative on the Full Governing Body of the Primary Advantage Federation.  I am link governor for Equalities, Curriculum Provision and Assessment. This means I visit the school and ask staff questions about how well children are doing in these areas and if there are any concerns that need to be reported to the School Committee. I also report successes and achievements of which there are many.”

Sally Glen – Safeguarding

“I have lived in Hackney for nearly forty years.  I am an academic and have held a number of Executive Management posts.  In my early career I trained as a Children’s’ Nurse and have an interest in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  I am Non-Executive Director at West London Mental Health Trust, a Trustee of Bridge Mental Health, a Samaritan and Child Line Volunteer and a child mentor for Chance UK. I am a lay member of City and Hackney Safeguarding Board.

I am link governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability and also for Safeguarding and Looked After Children. I regularly meet with the School’s pastoral team to ensure the needs of the children are being met.”

Jane Betsworth – Finance

“I have worked in Hackney as a teacher, and more recently as the Headteacher in a local Hackney primary school for 25 years. I am a Community Governor with responsibility for reporting back to the Morningside Committee meeting on the following: Admissions, Sports Funding, Finance and traded Services and Early Years Provision.

I visit the school regularly to meet with the various members of staff responsible for these areas of the school, and offer challenge and support.”

Damian Holt – Health & Safety

“I have been involved in business in the HR function around 20 years, and have initial teaching experience having covered the entire primary age range. I believe education is the most valuable asset any person can have the world and am really strong advocate that education opens the door to people’s potential.  I am very pleased to be involved with a school with such commitment to this aim as Morningside.

I am link governor for Health and Safety, Human Resources and Asset Register. This means I visit the school and ask staff questions about how well the school is doing to safeguard and protect the people and equipment in our school and if there are any concerns that need to be reported to the School Committee.”


Jo Stonehouse – Deputy Head, Staff Representative

“I have worked in Hackney as a teacher for the last 12 years.  I am currently Deputy Head Teacher at Morningside Primary School.  My children have both attended Hackney primary and secondary schools.  I have experience of governance at three Hackney primary schools.

I have been a member of staff at Morningside Primary School for 4 years and have taught in KS1 and KS2.  I am responsible for teaching and learning across the school, the wider curriculum, assessment and reporting arrangements, and mentoring student teachers and NQTs.”