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Local Academy Council

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Members of the Leycroft Local Academy Council (LAC)


Joanne Kiernan

Joanne has over 25 years’ experience as a school leader and headteacher and is a school improvement specialist.  Joanne’s passion is evidence based, child focused practice for SEND, her belief being that special schools can and do offer experiences that enable young people to move into more independent, happy adult lives.  Joanne is a member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management; she is also a member of International Special School Education where she is a contributor and speaker.  Her interests are school leadership, advocating the voice of the child in SEND and supporting families with SEND children.  Joanne has a number of hobbies, and these include mountain trekking and dancing.


Chloe Dudey (staff representative)

This is my sixth year as a teacher and am a staff representative. I chose to become a LAC member to make a difference and be a voice for both pupils and staff.  


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.


Bren Taylor – Chair

Bren leads Link2ICT’s Professional Services providing support for more than 1400 schools nationally, mainly in Birmingham, Staffordshire and West Sussex.

Bren is currently the Chair of West Midlands Regional Broadband Consortium (WMnet),  Chair of the National Education Network (NEN) and a director of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation (BeLF). He is also a program committee member for the annual International mLearn conference.

A teacher by trade, Bren taught in Sandwell and Birmingham.  During his time at Birmingham LA and with Link2ICT, he also led the Birmingham CLC Service and was a senior advisor to the Birmingham BSF programme. He has also been a facilitator for the National College for Teaching and Learning’s (NCTL) leadership programmes, working for two different licensees, during which time he was certificated in the first ever cohort of the NCTL’s Advanced Facilitator programme.

As a volunteer, Bren has worked in soup kitchens, been a school governor and has contributed as one of a couple of UK representatives to the UNESCO OER programme.  His spare time now is often taken up with keeping his classic sports car on the road and taking part in events and rallies across the UK and Europe. Bren is married with two grown up children and his wife is also a teacher in a special education setting.

Leycroft Academy LAC Attendance table 2021-22

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