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Members of the Lea Hall Local Academy Council (LAC)

Melanie Keating

I decided to become a teacher because I wanted to make a difference!  My dedication and passion sit firmly within SEND and I have deep rooted commitment and interest in social, emotional, and mental health needs (SEMH).  

I have had a rich and varied career which has provided me with lots of opportunities to work in creative and psychologically sound ways with some of the hardest to reach children within the West Midlands.  I have been a school leader for over 14 years.  

I am honoured to be part of Forward Education Trust as Head Teacher of Lea Hall Academy.  As Head Teacher I am proud of the devotedness and skill within our staff group.  

I look forward to working with our Local Academy Council to lead Lea Hall Academy on this exciting journey.  

Helen Redican – Chair

Helen has worked both within schools and as a school improvement advisor for many years, supporting schools that need rapid improvement.  She has considerable expertise in the evaluation of educational standards across a range of settings, leadership and governance of schools of all phases and types, early years provision and partnership working with local authorities and officers of the DFE.

Helen is a trustee at Forward Education Trust and is currently the Chair of the Education Committee.

Naomi Gregory

I previously worked as a social worker and regularly visited schools as part of the role. I bring knowledge of guidance and policy on keeping children safe from harm and the importance of information sharing and working together. The welfare of children is my passion and I wanted to continue to provide a service that would benefit children.   

Helen Pearcey

After working as a teacher and a headteacher in mainstream primary schools for nearly 20 years, I began teaching in a school for pupils with SEMH needs 6 years ago and started at Lea Hall Academy as a class teacher in January 2022. Working in a school with children who need additional nurture and support is very rewarding and it is my mission to give the children at Lea Hall Academy an educational experience which is positive, helping them to learn and grow. Having previously been a school governor at four different schools in Wiltshire and the West Midlands, I bring a wealth of experience which I am looking forward to using as a staff representative on the Local Academy Council.  

Lea Hall LAC Attendance table 2021-22

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