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Academy Council

The role of the LAC of this academy 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 and the Principal and staff value the time and commitment this group of people voluntarily give to our academy.

The LAC 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 LAC shall have oversight of the academy's activities and duties outlined in the schedule of delegation document.

For further information regarding governance please go to: http://www.suatrust.co.uk/structure---function/roles-and-responsibilities

Our Chair of the LAC, Samantha Ashley, can be contacted via email at s.ashley@stedwardscheddleton.co.uk

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Category Name Roles Personal Statement Term of Office Attendance
Sue Machin


Leadership & Management Committee 

Quality of Education Committee


Joining the LAC, as Principal of St Edward’s Academy, Cheddleton in September 2018, I bring prior Principal experience of leading significant and rapid school improvement in two Stoke-on-Trent schools. I have a wide and varied knowledge and understanding of building effective teams, leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment and all elements of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. I welcome and appreciate internal and external monitoring, challenge and support as a means to continually improve the provision, development and outcomes for the children, staff and community that I serve.



Staff Governors
Zac Warrington

Leadership & Management Committee:-

Personal Development 

I have always lived locally in Leek  and prior to working at Cheddleton.  Whilst undertaking my BA honours degree in Education I worked in Woodcroft First school in the role of a teaching assistant, and working in the before and after school club.  Since working at Cheddleton, I was delighted to have been appointed in January 2019 into the role as HLTA and Children's Champion.  This is a challenging but enjoyable role and gives me the opportunity to develop new skills and support children's social and emotional wellbeing as well as further developing their academic learning.  I feel that I will be a positve LAC member and will be able to share my own thoughts and opinions on matters that arise.  I am proud of the strong working relationships I have built with the teachers and support staff since starting at St Edward's Cheddleton.  In the role of support staff governor I intend to be a positive voice for the support staff, LAC and children here at Cheddleton.

Erica Clifford

Leadership & Management Committee:-

Finance / Resources / Audit/ Pupil Premium / SEND

Safeguarding / Behaviour & Attitudes / Attendance

Teaching is my passion and I am committed to ensuring that all children at SEAC are given the opportunities to succeed and realise their true potential.  I welcomed the opportunity of becoming a member of the LAC in order to develop a deeper understanding of the strategic direction of the Academy and to provide appropriate support and challenge to its aims.


2 years


Parent Governor
Joanne Carter

Quality of Education Committee:-

Foundation Subjects

As a primary school teacher I feel that my understanding of the education system would support me in this role.

I have always enjoyed the ethos that SEAC promotes and actually moved into the village so that my son could attend the school.  I am enthusiastic to take on an active role within the LAC and be an informed parent voice.


2 years


Samantha Ashley


Quality of Education Committee:-

EFYS / English / Phonics 

I have worked in education for the last 17 years and am currently Headteacher of a large primary school in Stoke on Trent.  The expertise I would bring to the role include an extensive knowledge of Teaching and Learning, effective use of assessment date in school improvements and the Ofsted framework; together with a clear understanding of effective governance.


2 years



Foundation Governor
[Lichfield Diocese]
Pam Kinshott

Leadership & Management Committee: -

Pupil Premium / SEND 

As a member of St Edward's church, I am interested in the balance of nurturing the individual child whilst supporting the pursuit of high academic standards.  I hope to be able to use my expertise as an Assistand Headteacher to support teaching and learning within the school.


Foundation Stage Governor.

Co-Opted Governor
Charlotte Statham

Leadership & Management Committee: -

Finance / Resources / Audit / Sport Grant / Staffing & HR / Workload & Well-being 

I have lived in Cheddleton for 15 years and have 2 daughters; one of whom attended St Edward’s First School and one who is presently enrolled at SEAC.  I believe that, as a member of the LAC, I could become more involved in the school and with my background in Accountancy, would have a positive impact on the continuing improvement of the school.


4 years