Members of the Bridge Local Academy Council (LAC)
Headteacher: Michelle Goundry
Michelle Goundry is proud to be the Headteacher at The Bridge School. She has been teaching since 1996, when she began her teaching career as a mainstream primary teacher but always had a passion for special education. She worked as a learning mentor and then SENCO, and her chance to work in a special school came when she joined Bridge in 2006. She really hasn’t looked back!
Michelle 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 she became a middle leader and then progressed to the senior leadership at Bridge moving from Assistant to Deputy Head to her current role of Head. Things have grown and developed since then and there have been many positive changes along the way. The pupils amaze her every single day and she is absolutely committed to the belief that they really do deserve the very best of educational experiences. Michelle enjoys working with The Bridge School LAC as they really do support the school and its further improvement.
Chair: Keith Schofield
Keith is the Deputy Dean: International for the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University. In his day to day role he develops the international strategy for the College, supports international student recruitment, and facilitates partnerships overseas.
Chairing the Local Academy Council at The Bridge School enables him to add value to a key regional educational stakeholder.
Until spring 2022, Sue was the Delivery Lead for Governor Services, at Warwickshire County Council, where she worked with and supported several governing boards. She is now an associate Trainer for WCC and writes and delivers training to governors and trustees. She also offers a consultancy service to multi academy trusts and local authority maintained schools on a variety of governance issues.
Sue has been a school governor since 2005 in both primary and secondary phases and has chaired committees and full governing boards. She was also a National Leader of Governance.
Sue has a thorough understanding of school finances and the difficulties of ensuring that schools and academies remain sustainable whilst driving school improvement and delivering their vision.
She is passionate about the positive impact that good governance can have within a multi academy trust and is looking forward to being part of the Forward Education Trust Board
Vice Chair: Nova Harvey
Nova is an experienced teacher and senior leader, having worked in a variety of Birmingham Schools over her career to date. She first joined the LAC as a staff governor in 2017 and has been able to use her knowledge and expertise to offer support to the school. Nova is pleased to continue in her role as a LAC member and looks forward to being part of the future developments of the school and the Trust.
Lisa is an experienced teacher, working within schools for over 20 years in both mainstream and the special sector, with children from 2 to 11. She has always been interested in working with children with SEN and personalising their learning to enable them to thrive. Being part of the LAC means Lisa can be part of the big decisions and represent the children she teaches.