The role of the Local Academy Council is to contribute to the development of the academy, providing support and challenge from the perspective of pupils, parents and stakeholders. It is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds.

The Local Academy Council will carry out its duties in a manner which will enable the objectives for the academy to be achieved and will provide regular reports of its activity to the Academy Trust. The Local Academy Council shall have oversight of the academy’s activities and duties outlined in the schedule of delegation document.

The Chair of the LAC, Mrs Julia Smith can be contacted on

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Governing Board and Committee Memberships

LAC Responsibilities update June 2022

Register of Business Interests

Register of Business Interests 2021 - 2022

Register of Business interest 2020/2021

Register of Business interests 2019/2020

Register of Business interests 2018/19

Register of Business Interests 2017/18

Governor attendance at meetings

Governor attendance at meetings 2021 - 2022

Governor attendance at meetings 2020-21

Governor attendance at meetings 2019-20

Governor attendance at meetings 2018-19

Governor attendance at meetings 2017-18

Governors attendance at meetings 2016 - 2017

LAC  Newsletters

Summer Term 2019

April, 2019

Autumn Term 2018

Summer Term 2018

Spring Term 2018


Category Name Term of office Responsibilities
LAC Members Rev B Leathers Ex officio Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee, Christian Distinctiveness
Mrs Julia Smith 31/3/26 Chair of Local Academy Council, Pay Committee, Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee, Child Protection and Safeguarding, Looked After Children, PREVENT
Mr David Boden 31/8/23 Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee, Christian Distinctiveness
Mrs Linda Goodwin 31/8/23 Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage
Mrs Jenny Bembridge 27/09/22 Vice Chair of Local Academy Council, Parent Governor (Denstone), Health and Safety – Denstone
Revd Garry Higgs 12/04/26 Health and Safety – Draycott
Mrs Tracey Pemberton 31/3/24 Associate Staff Member (Office Services Manager – Alton), Governor Training
Mrs Anna Bennett
(Staff Member)
8/10/22 Deputy Executive Head and Staff Governor
Mrs Rebecca Walker
(Staff Member)
Ex officio Executive Headteacher, Pay Committee
Mrs Joanne Stringer 15/11/22 Parent Governor (Alton), Health and Safety – Alton
Emma Manby 31/12/22 Associate Staff Member (Senior Teacher – Denstone)
Natalie Gilmour 31/12/22 Associate Staff Member (Senior Teacher – Draycott)
Mrs Tracy Ward 2/4/23 SEND, Pupil Premium and Curriculum
Vacancy Parent Governor (Draycott)


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SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.