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Local Academy Council

Welcome to the Brays Local Academy Council Page.

Headteacher:  Kari Anson

Meet our experienced Headteacher, Kari.  With a background in psychology and primary education, Kari brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Brays school. With over 10 years of experience in SEN leadership, Kari has worked in a variety of schools across the country, cultivating a deep understanding of inclusive practices. Passionate about creating an environment where every child can thrive, Kari’s innovative and compassionate leadership ensures that our school is a place where all students can reach their full potential.

Chair: Nicola Quarterman

Nicola is the founder and principal of a specialist college for young people aged 19-25 with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties based in North London.  She has over 25 years of experience in supporting and teaching children and adults with all kinds of learning difficulties, physical disabilities and complex medical conditions.  Nicola is a teacher of ICT and early communication skills.  She is passionate about improving opportunities for everyone to live their best life and in her younger (and fitter!) years was involved in sports coaching for children and adults with and without disabilities as well as being a keen sportswoman.

Georgina Davey (staff representative)

Georgina has a wealth of experience within early years having worked in a private nursery as a Senior Room Manager and is keen to provide the best start in life for our children. Georgina has become a member of the LAC to help ensure we succeed in this goal.  

Georgina looks forward to helping with future developments within the school and the Trust as a whole and being able to share her experiences and gain knowledge to further grow within the school and Trust.

Sean McLoughlin

Sean has worked in a range of sectors as a Teacher, Safeguarding Leader and Investigator. He has also previously led youth groups and cadets in the local area and looks forward to supporting the school in their incredible work.

Iram Panwar

Iram enjoys being involved in education and has become particularly interested in child development since becoming a mother.  She graduated with a BA (Hons) in early education and care. As part of her degree, Iram was on placement at Hallmoor School where she volunteered a couple days a week throughout the three-year degree course, to learn about and support a range of children from all backgrounds. 

Iram developed some important skills while working at the school, such as how to provide a supportive learning environment for children who suffer from Autism and ADHD, along with building patience and the ability to remain calm under pressure. 

Iram applied to become a LAC member as she is passionate about mentoring and developing the next generation of our community.   She believes that her skills in her current job, as a PA at Atkins, will contribute to the role of LAC member, and that the role will also provide personal and professional development opportunities for her.   

Jane Davenport

Jane is an established headteacher with 20 years’ experience. Jane was the Interim Head at Brays for four months and is also a experienced union rep for NAHT.

Sophie Edwards

Sophie started her teaching career 8 years ago. Sophie has experience working in key stages EYFS-KS4 and with pupils of various special educational needs. She currently teaches EYFS and is the English and Communications Lead at Brays School. Sophie is excited to support and celebrate the great work that Brays do and be part of the school’s development. 

Katie Allen

Katie comes with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of special needs schools both as a teaching assistant and then later as a tutor and teacher. She is now a full-time foster parent to two children with disabilities, one of whom attends Brays school. Katie is hoping that her SEN experience and knowledge as well as the perspective gained as a parent will enable her to contribute to the development of Brays School and help in the celebration of its successes.


LAC Meeting Attendance 2022-23

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