Academy Council

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Category Name Roles Committees
LAC Members Claire Keast

Chair of the LAC

Link Role: Personal development, behaviour and welfare. (including SEND, Safeguarding, LAC, Prevent)

I am married with 3 children who have all progressed through Primary school. 1 has left, 2 are still in high school. I was asked to chair the Local Academy Council in February 2015 because of my involvement in alternative education. I first volunteered in education back in 2005 at Walton Hall Special Needs School and became a qualified TA in 2007. I continued my volunteered role developing my skills and understanding of children with individual needs, until 2010 when I joined Tamworth Boxing who are a registered children’s charity. At the time the organisation was developing into an Alternative Education programme for senior schools using boxing as a medium to deliver qualifications. As the charity grew and developed my role became instrumental in pioneering alternative education for Primary School children. Over several years I guided and developed the programme from afternoons to full time provision, as a result of this, permanently exclusions have reduced within the Tamworth area. I am extremely proud of my involvement with the charity and the development that have been achieved. My aim is to use my experiences and knowledge to assist Moorgate in their development and objectives to become an outstanding school.

Keith Hollins

LAC Member and CEO

Link Role: Leadership and management

Keith Hollins was the Headteacher of Westwood College, in Leek, which he led to ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also the Executive Principal of four high schools in North Staffordshire from 2007 to 2014. He was a National Leader of Education from 2008 to 2015; supporting several schools out of Special Measures during this time. Keith has also served on numerous steering groups including Building Schools for the Future, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Innovation Unit, the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Local Children’s Trust. He is presently an Educational Consultant.

Harvey Griffith

Community LAC Member

Link Role: Teaching, Learning and Assessment (including quality of teaching, staff performance, pupil outcomes), Pupil Premium Lead, HT Performance Management

I became a member of the Academy Council in February 2015 through the SGOSS scheme, a service that matches local volunteers to schools that need business professionals to join their governing body. I live in Kingsbury and am married with 3 children of varying ages. My eldest is currently studying to become a primary school teacher while my youngest is currently in Primary Year 3. Throughout my career in Customer Service Management I have gained a wide range of skills – from managing to tight budgets through to developing a highly engaged workforce. And I am delighted to be able to utilise these skills to help make a difference in my local community. Having watched my children progress through the various stages of education, I am keen draw on these experiences and the skills I have gained at work to ensure that Moorgate continues to go from strength to strength.

Susan Carr

Community LAC Member

Link Role: Personal development, behaviour and welfare. (including SEND, Safeguarding, LAC, Prevent), EYFS Lead

I became a member of the Academy Council in February 2015, following an appeal for volunteers from the business community to join their governing body. I am a Mother to 2 children and a Grand Mother of 3. Both my children work as education professionals, one a Teacher and the other a Nursery Manager and as a family we are passionate about the welfare, the vital importance of stimulating young minds and the need to provide a supporting environment where children can develop to their full potential. 12 years ago following an extensive career in procurement that included commodities and retail goods I opened my own Children’s Nursery (Orchard House Nursery) in the centre of Tamworth.  I am extremely proud to say that we were awarded OUTSTANDING by Ofsted at our latest inspection. Utilising my skills I am delighted to be a member of the Governing body, to help make a difference in my local community and to ensure Moorgate Academy continues to grow in its academic prowess.

Zoe Villers

Staff LAC Member  

Link Role: Personal development, behaviour and welfare. (including SEND, Safeguarding, LAC, Prevent)

My name is Zoe Villers and I am the staff representative on the governing body. I have been a teacher at Moorgate Primary Academy for 12 years working in key stage two. I am SENCO at the school, having the responsibility for leading the school in SEN. I am committed to supporting the school and its leaders as it embraces the many challenges of nurturing and educating our children for life in the 21st century.

Zoe Goodwin
Parent LAC Member

Link Role: Teaching, Learning and Assessment (including quality of teaching, staff performance, pupil outcomes)

I became a member of the Local Academy Council in November 2016. I have a vested interest in helping the school to thrive, because both my children are pupils at Moorgate Academy.  My son is in key stage two and my daughter is in key stage one.

As a Local Academy Council member I aim to help the school deliver its vision, which matches exactly what I would like my own children’s experience of education to be. I want them to achieve their best, challenge themselves and enjoy their learning and will do all I can to make this a reality for them and their fellow pupils.  

In my working life I have held various communications and marketing roles and hope to use this experience to add value to the Local Academy Council. 

Jonathan Williams
(Staff Member)


I am proud to be the Headteacher of Moorgate Primary Academy. Moorgate is a 1½ form entry primary school located in the heart of Tamworth that currently have 245 children on role. Throughout my career I have always sat on governing bodies and have always had an interest in the business side of school. As headteacher on the LAC, it is my primary aim to ensure that the LAC are well informed with all aspects of school and provide a transparent approach to governance. This way, the LAC have all the information needed to ensure accurate support and challenge for the school. I am extremely lucky to have such a knowledgeable LAC who bring many varied and valid skills to the Local Academy Council. 

Clair Cartwright

Parent LAC Member

Link Role: EYFS

I am married with three boys of 14, 9 and 7 , all of whom have either attended or still attend Moorgate Primary. Therefore I am fully committed to helping to make the school the best it can be. I am passionate in challenging all children to achieve their full potential.  I am a room leader within a preschool so work daily within the eyfs . I am also a play leader at Busy kids , so a lot of the children within the school I have worked with at some point . 

Sarah Thawley

Community LAC Member

Link Role: Teaching, Learning and Assessment (including quality of teaching, staff performance, pupil outcomes), HT Performance Management

I became a member of the Local Academy Council in September 2015 after volunteering through the SGOSS Scheme. The Scheme assists to match business professionals with schools to help build the skill set of their governing bodies. I grew up in Tamworth and moved back after studying to become a solicitor. I owe my career to my education and a desire to learn and achieve that was nurtured by my family and some excellent teachers. I feel passionately that access to a good education is the key to every child being able to chart their own future. As a member of the Moorgate LAC I hope to be able to apply my skills as a corporate solicitor to assist the Academy in its journey of continued improvement and in doing so, give something back to the community that I grew up in. 

Keith Rondeau
(Staff Member)

Staff LAC Member

I have been deputy head teacher at Moorgate Primary Academy since January 2015.  My responsibilities include Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Behaviour, Safety & Community and Curriculum.  I also am a class teacher working with Year 3 and 4 children in Class E.  Within the Local Academy Council I answer any questions or queries the Council may have, support Mr Williams in providing relevant detail about whole school performance and provide a sense of context and narrative to the results and data. 


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 Eduction of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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