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Local Academy Committee 

"The governors are providing good support for the school and challenge its work effectively."

Ofsted 2014

About the LAC

The Local Academy Committee (LAC) consists of elected parents, elected staff members, nominated local council representatives and chosen members of the community. They are appointed to oversee the long-term direction of the school and make sure the education that all pupils receive is the best that can be provided.


The LAC work closely with the senior team to monitor all aspects of the school and meet half-termly and also visit the school regularly. They ratify major school policies and procedures, oversee the responsible application of the school budget and the appropriate appointment of staff and make sure the school is a happy and safe environment that enhances children’s learning.

The Chair of LAC can be contacted via the school. 


Meet the Team


Sally Coode-Bate


I have recently retired from a long and varied career which began at the BBC and has included a variety of roles in a number of different organisations, including PA, legal secretary, apple and soft fruit farm administrator, insurance trade journalist, newsletter editor and director of a small publishing company. I have also been involved in PR and marketing.

In my final role I was responsible for the fundraising activities and charitable giving of a large insurance broker in the City of London. I also ran the firm’s volunteering and school mentoring programmes.

My retirement allows me to dedicate more of my time to Kingswode Hoe and in particular to my recently assumed role as Chair of Governors.

On the personal side, I am married with two grown up sons. My leisure activities include powerboating, gardening, reading and, best of all, spending time with my new grandson.

Sandra Page

Vice Chair

I worked in the Finance Sector in London for twenty years before leaving to become a full-time Mum. I then became an LSA at a local primary school, where I qualified as a teacher and spent the next ten years teaching in Key Stage 2. I hope that experience in both finance and education will help me to meet the challenges of being a school governor.

In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, the theatre and the cinema. I also enjoy foreign travel. I try to take regular exercise.

Malcolm Over


I am a parent of three boys and am lucky that my youngest son joined the school in September 2012. I have worked for Essex County Council for 10 years in school’s facilities management both at secondary and primary school level. I am currently now a self- employed H&S consultant for schools.

I also work for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service as a retained firefighter based at Tiptree Fire station where I am the officer in charge of the station. I look forward to supporting the school in whatever way I can.

Martin Dunn

Cara O'Donoghue


Alice Constantine


Helen Davey


I qualified as a teacher in 2000 and have since worked in a mainstream local school in the infant classes. I thoroughly enjoy the daily task of watching children learn and develop. I like teaching all subjects and enjoy being creative in my teaching.

Outside of school I like to relax on holiday, go shopping and listen to music.

Useful Links


Union Officials

No staff have taken time off to undertake union duties.

Get in touch


The school is located in central Colchester with its own spacious grounds and has excellent links with the surrounding community and local schools. In order to fully appreciate our unique special school, we strongly recommend that you visit us. 

Kingswode Hoe Special School

Sussex Road



01206 576408

Headteacher: Mrs Alice Constantine

Chair of Local Academy Committee: Mrs Sally Coode-Bate

To get in contact with the school or to request paper copies of information on the website, please use the form on the right. 

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