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Local Academy Council

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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: Paul Roberts

Paul was a teacher and head teacher for many years in special schools. He has carried out school improvement consultancy and served as a governor in other special schools. Paul wants to work alongside staff and parents to give its pupils the best possible opportunities in life .  

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 Ingram

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. 

Janki Dattani

Janki has worked in healthcare for the past 11 years, supporting both adults and children in a clinical and non-clinical capacity. Janki has a passion for improving people’s lives, ensuring everyone receives equitable care and support. Janki was particularly drawn to Bridge School, as it will allow her to make a positive difference to children’s education. The role will allow Janki to utilise her employment background in a meaningful way, supporting the school and trust.

The Bridge – LAC Attendance 2022-23

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