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Local Academy Council

Welcome to the Bridge Local Academy Council Page.

Members of the Bridge Local Academy Council (LAC)

Interim Headteacher: Michelle Goundry

My name is Michelle Goundry and I’m proud to be the acting Headteacher at The Bridge School. I have been teaching since 1996 when I began my teaching career as a mainstream primary teacher but always had a passion for special education. I worked as a learning mentor and then SENCO and my chance to work in a special school came when I joined Bridge in 2006. I really haven’t looked back!

I began as a class teacher and then had the opportunity to also take on a home/school liaison role, supporting families and bringing people together. From then I became a middle leader and then progressed to the senior leadership at Bridge moving from Assistant to Deputy Head to my current role of acting Head. Things have grown and developed since then and there have been many positive changes along the way. Our pupils amaze me every single day and they really do deserve the very best of educational experiences. I enjoy working with The Bridge School LAC as they really do support the school and its further improvement.

Chair: Sam Hardman

I have a daughter who attended The Bridge for 8 years and served on the Governing Body, later Local Academy Council, during her time at the school, overseeing a number of changes in that time. Being a teacher I have a passion for education and believe that every child should be able to receive high quality teaching and learning. I was asked to remain on the Local Academy Council once my daughter moved on to High School and I gladly accepted. 

Vice Chair: Nova Harvey

I am an experienced teacher and senior leader, having worked in a variety of Birmingham Schools over my career to date. I first joined the LAC as a staff governor in 2017 and have been able to use my knowledge and expertise to offer support to the school. I am pleased to continue in my role as a LAC member and look forward to being part of the future developments of the school and the trust.

Lisa Ingram (staff representative)

I am an experienced teacher, working within schools for over 20 years in both mainstream and the special sector, with children from 2 to 11. I have always been interested in working with children with SEN and personalising their learning to enable them to thrive. Being part of the LAC means I can be part of the big decisions and represent the children I teach. 

The Bridge – LAC Attendance 2020/21

LAC MemberType22 Oct 202001 Dec 202011 Feb 202125 Mar 202120 May 2021
Sarah KellyHeadPPPPP
Joy HardwickTrustPPPPA
Sam HardmanParentPPPAP
Louisa HarveyTrustPPAA
Nova HarveyTrustPAPAP
Julie NewboldTrustPAPAA
Melissa KenyonTrustPAAPA
Lisa IngramTeaching StaffP
Darren ReaNon teaching StaffP
Sophie ChaplinParentA

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interest

Sam Hardman23.11.2021Trust AppointedLAC Chair23.11.2021 (2 years)  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Lisa Ingram25.03.2021  Elected by StaffMember25.03.2021 (2 years)  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Sophie Chaplin18.03.2021Elected by ParentsMemberDate of Resignation 28.04.2022  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Nova Harvey20.02.2021Trust AppointedMember20.02.2021 (2 Years)Interim Head teacher at Brays School  NoneNoneNoneNone
Michelle Goundry01.01.2022Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principalInterim Headteacher at The Bridge School  N/ANoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Darren Rea26.04.2021Elected by StaffMemberDate of Resignation 04.05.2022    NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Joy Hardwick01.04.2021Trust AppointedLAC ChairDate of Resignation 22.11.2021  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Melissa Kenyon12.06.2020 Trust AppointedMemberDate of Resignation 03.10.2021  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Julie Newbold03.09.2020Trust Appointed  MemberDate of Resignation 23.03.2022Independent Education Consultant working for Birmingham Education PartnershipNoneNoneNoneNone
Sarah Kelly03.09.2017Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal  Headteacher Date of Resignation 31.12.2021 due to secondment to Trust-wide role.  NoneNoneNoneNoneNone