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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.

We currently have a vacancy for the role of Chair, however in the meantime the Vice Chair of LAC can be contacted via the school. 


Meet the Team



Ruth Sturdy

Acting Chair


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

Over 5 years ago, I graduated from university with a LLB Law Degree and started working at Birkett Long LLP’s Colchester office as a paralegal.  Over the years I have continued with my studies and qualified as a Solicitor at Birkett Long.  I am hoping that through my appointment as a school governor, I will be able to use my experience in the legal sector and my involvement with the local community to assist Kingswode Hoe.   In my spare time, I enjoy diving (preferably in hotter climates), playing golf and hiking. I also thoroughly enjoy taking part in charitable events


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.

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Union Officials

No staff have taken time off to undertake union duties.