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Academy Council

The academy is governed by the Local Academy Council. (LAC). The LAC has 11 members.

SUAT x 1

Parent x 2

Co-opted x 5

Staff x 2

Principal x 1

The Chair of the Local Academy Council (LAC) is Mr. Marcus Francis and the Vice-Chair is Mrs. Jan McShane.

The full list of Local Academy Council Members, their roles and involvement is available below.

Local Academy Council Attendance: 2016/17  2017/18  2018/19 2019/20

Register of Interests

The Chair of the Local Academy Council can be contacted as follows:

Mr. Marcus Francis

Perton Primary Academy, Sandown Drive, Perton, WV6 7PS

Click here for a link to SUAT Board Members


Category Name Roles Photo Term of Office
Co-opted Sheila Bradley

Link governor for History and SEN

After Sheila retired she was nominated by a local organisation to become a Local Authority governor (now co-opted).  Sheila's professional background is in social work which included work with families and children in care and later with adults with disabilities and older people.

Becoming a governor was a way of using my experience in a different setting.

When the school was Sandown First School, Sheila was a member of the Curriculum Committee and acted as Chair of Governors for several years.  She now acts as link governor for SEN and History and is a member of the Acorns Committee.  Sheila has a particular interest in children with special needs.




Christine Young

Christine trained as a state registered nurse and worked in a navy hospital until she married and took an extended break to raise her family.  She settled in Perton almost 40 years ago and threw herself into village life.

Christine was a founder member of the South Staffordshire Local Village Transport organisation, served as Secretary for Perton Community Day-Care until recently and was a parish councillor for over 20 years.

Christine has served as a governor at Perton First School, Perton Middle School and Perton Sandown First School before it converted to Perton Primary Academy.

Link governor for PSHE



Lesley Ball

Lesley is a generically trained social worker.  She spent over 40 years working in health, social services and education settings with all age groups.  Lesley possesses a life-long interest in education and training.

Link governor for RE



Rachel Bailye

Rachel is employed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Staffordshire University Academies Trust; providing direction and strategic management to the business function within the Trust's academies.  Rachel’s background is in business, property, finance, education and project management and she has a huge experience of both the public and private sector.

Outside of her role as COO for the MAT she runs two other private companies.  Rachel is married with two children aged 14 and 9.  In her spare time Rachel is an avid horse rider and has previously competed at national level.

Rachel also sits on the Local Governing Body of Boney Hay Primary Academy, All Saints, Bednell and St. Leonard's, Dunston.  At Perton, Rachel sits on the Acorns Committee (Governor run provision) and the Principal's Performance Management Committee.

Link governor for Early Years, Safeguarding and Prevent




Jan McShane



Link governor for Geography, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and PE.

Jan is a retired teacher who worked in comprehensive schools, a college, a prison and with children in the care system during her 35 year career. She specialised in SEN and was a SENCo, a Head of Dept and Regional Team Leader.

She has lived in South Staffordshire  for more than 30 years and her children and grandchildren have been educated in local village schools. She is now retired keeping busy with occasional grandparenting duties, gym classes, and membership of an art group and pop choir.

Jan was a governor at a local first school for ten years resigning after a very successful OFSTED when she felt the school would benefit from a fresh pair of eyes. After taking a break she now looks forward to offering her skills, experience and support to another good local school.

 Link Governor for Pupil Premium



Aimee Lavelle

Aimee has worked in the Financial Sector for 8 years and has worked within a Portfolio Management Office for 2 years. Her main responsibilities include managing governance for all changes, and stakeholder management. She is currently on a secondment as a Project Manager. She has had a variety of roles within the Financial Sector including Telephony Banking and Customer Services. Aimee has successfully obtained her Complaint Handling, CeMAP and APM Fundamental qualifications.

Link governor for Maths


Parent Gerard Baker

Link governor for Music and Science



Sarah Prior

Sarah is a Parent governor for the school.

Sarah is a trained teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching with many of these years being spent at Perton Primary Academy. She has taught a wide range of year groups from EYFS to Key Stage 2 with experience of team and subject leadership, governance (being a previous teacher governor), and mentoring.

She is now spending some time at home to be with her young children and is enjoying being part of the school community.

Link governor for English and Languages



Marcus Francis


Marcus has lived in Perton since 1977.  As one of the earliest residents, he grew up here, attending the local schools. He is the owner of a commercial insurance brokerage which is also Perton based and has served on Perton Parish Council for four years. Marcus is also actively involved in the local Round Table and 41 Club, bringing Father Christmas and his sleigh to Perton every year along with other charity work. Outside of this, he is married with two children, the eldest of which attends Perton Primary Academy, as will the youngest when she reaches school age.

Link Governor for Computing and D&T


Staff Lorraine Wallett

Lorraine Wallet is an experienced Teaching Assistant, specialised in helping children with Special Educational Needs.  She knows Perton Primary Academy well having been involved with it as a parent of three pupils, volunteer and member of staff over 20 years.

Lorraine also supports the academy working as part of the Administrative and Finance Team.



Elizabeth Threlkeld

Elizabeth has been Principal at Perton Primary since 2004 and regards it as a great priviledge and inspiration. She is passionate about the Academy as a very special place of learning and is proud of the wonderful children, dedicated staff and close community. She has 40 years experience in education and offers support to schools as a National Leader show-casing Perton Primary Academy as an exemplar of best practice. 

People appreciate her honesty, strong positive values and ethics, She is adaptable to change and approachable. In all decisions the children come first. 

Out of school she makes the most of family time and activities such as walking, swimming, theatre and travel and believes everyone deserves an all-round good quality life. 

Elizabeth has high expectations and is very ambitious for the Academy. She likes to work hard but can always find time to listen to people. Her LAC roles include Assessment, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and Religious Education. 



Steven Naik

Steven has been teaching at the academy for 7 years. He is currently a Year 2 teacher and PE co-ordinator, but he has taught across Years 1 – 4 during his time here.

Steven organises and attends local sporting competitions between the local schools in our cluster and ensures that extra-curricular activities are provided throughout the year.



Associate Katie Willis


Katie has been deputy head teacher at Perton Primary Academy since 2015 when she joined the school. She has 11 years teaching experience based in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton schools. 
Katie is subject leader for mathematics having qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST) with Edge Hill University and is also an accredited Professional Development lead for the NCETM. 
In the academy, Katie teaches in Y3 has responsibility for key stage two, mathematics, music, educational visits, TA performance management and acts as secretary for the PTFA.