Leycroft – Local Academy Council (LAC)


Members of the Leycroft Local Academy Council (LAC)

Emma Arnott

I have been involved in education in Birmingham throughout my career to date.  After coming to the city to study English at the University of Birmingham, I went on to train to be a Secondary English teacher.  I taught and led English in three Secondary Schools across the city, before moving to Primary and Secondary School Improvement roles in the local authority, Manager roles in both a Primary and a Secondary Teaching School, and, most recently, Manager of City-Wide School Improvement Projects at Birmingham Education Partnership.

In September 2020, I joined Forward Education Trust as the Director of Quality Assurance and Development.  My role is wide-ranging, and it has been great to learn more about the Special Educational Needs sector more generally, as well as our family of schools more specifically, as I work alongside and support staff and senior leaders in their work to make every day the best it can possibly be for our fabulous pupils and staff.  In addition to my role at the Trust, it is a pleasure to be a member of Leycroft LAC, and to work with the other LAC members providing support and challenge to further improve the school.

Laura Davies

I am parent of 2 children and work for Marie Curie Hospice. I wanted to join the Local Academy Council to help make a difference to the schooling the children receive. I am looking forward to getting to know more about the school and bringing an outside / parent perspective to the discussions and questions.

Harry Thrupp

For a number of years I have worked with school management information systems and I am now keen to help this school progress with their data management across their key software products. I currently volunteer in an employment and progression mentoring scheme. This has enabled me to encourage and inspire people in the work place. I wish to use these skills and my experience to help guide the school and its students.

Chloe Dudey (staff representative)

James Banting (parent representative)

I have worked at BT Openreach now for 10 years and held the position of Senior Delivery manager for the past 5 years. Within this role I deal with multiple stakeholders and manage large scale projects to ultimately provide people with broadband service when they move into newly built properties across the East of the country. I hope I can bring my project related experience to my role as LAC member to support the school and its pupils be the best they can be.
I also have a child who attends Leycroft Academy so I will approach my role on the LAC from a parent’s perspective and ensure all families are considered in the school’s policies and procedures moving forward.