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Local Academy Council

Welcome to The Heights Academy Local Academy Council page.

Members of The Heights Local Academy Council are:

Chair: Jim Robinson

Jim has now retired after a career of over 39 years as a Senior Executive in Industry and Sports sectors. Since retirement, Jim has worked as a Volunteer Sports Coach and is on two Governing Boards, so is looking forward to joining the LAC for The Heights Academy and bringing his skills and experience to support the school and trust. 

Judy Tullett

Judy has been involved in working with communities for the past 50 years from being a Housing Manager to working in non-traditional educational settings to now leading a community-based project in Smiths Wood. Judy believes in enabling our communities to thrive and reach their full potential. 

Matthew Hill

Matthew wanted to join the LAC as he is keen to support the school and local community. Matthew is really looking forward to getting to know more about the school and to support The Heights Academy with the fantastic initiatives it currently has in place. 

Elysha Hughes

Elysha has worked in various schools over the past 8 years supporting many wonderful children. Elysha wanted to join the LAC to continue supporting the school. Elysha is excited to start this new role. 

Rebecca Fox

Rebecca has worked within the SEND arena for 20 years both within education and the third sector, so she has experience of working closely and building relationships with both parents and children. 

Rebecca has experience of governance and policy writing so is able to assist to ensure best practice. 

Rebecca is thrilled to be a LAC Member and looks forward to making a difference. 

Sheena Hodgson

Sheena has worked in schools for over twenty-five years in two neighbouring local authority areas and currently works part time for an education consultancy firm. As an experienced member of school leadership teams, Sheena has gained extensive knowledge across a number of appropriate disciplines: policy, finance & legal, HR, SEND, leadership, capital and premises and estates. Sheena has been closely involved with governance for most of her working life and firmly believes in the transforming process of school governance and the additional educational and business skills that both Governors and Trustees can bring to a school or Trust. 

Katie Kavanagh

I am a devoted mother to two daughters, one of whom is diagnosed with autism and attends the Heights Academy. I bring 19 years of experience as a registered professional within the NHS, and hope that my wealth of skills will be able to enhance the school community. I have gained a passion and interest for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and have sought to educate myself further over the past few years through various courses and events. I believe that my blend of professional experiences, personal experiences, and ongoing commitment to learning equips me well for the role of a parent/carer representative. I am eager to contribute to the school’s success and create a positive environment for all our children.

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