how governance works at fra

The Governing Body is called the LAC (Local Academy Committee) and its main purpose is to drive school improvement and improve the outcomes for the children and young people within our academy.

The LAC works with the Headteacher and leaders to:
1) set the unique vision of academy

2) raise standards by reviewing data and by undertaking monitoring visits

3) report to Trustees on all Learning and Compliance issues.

The current membership of the LAC is:

  • Mr C Williams – Chair
  • Mrs A Bailey – Vice Chair
  • Rev P De Grey-Warter
  • Mrs C Hoddinott
  • Mr S Turpin
  • Mr R Cherry
  • Mr G Dawson
Chris Williams

Chris Williams


Chris lives in Fowey and has been chair of the Local Academy since 2019.  He is committed to the community and supports the school in its determination to give every pupil a happy, memorable, and successful education.  He’s a trustee of the Fowey Festival, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a lifelong supporter of the arts in education.   He has worked as an English teacher, trainer and leadership coach, with headships of three secondary schools. Other work includes Senior Director (National Strategies) where he led on closing attainment gaps, Assistant Director (Research) with the National College for School Leadership and international work on future schools with the OECD.

Chris is married to Helen, a professional artist,  and they have four grown-up children

Philip de Grey-Water

Philip de Grey-Water


Philip has been committed to making a difference for the people of Fowey and its surrounding area for two decades. He has been a governor of the school since 2003, including a stint as Chair during which time he successfully fought to get the school out of its previous trust and into the Leading Edge family. He is the rector of the Anchor Anglican Church Fowey, a new church started in October 2019, and for the previous 17 years was vicar of Fowey. Married to Naomi, who has Cornish roots, they have 4 grown-up children who have all attended the school. They love living on the peninsula and make the most of the access to the water and the countryside, often in the company of their working springer spaniels. 

Steve Turpin

Steve Turpin


Steve has been a Governor since the summer of 2020. He has vast experience in engineering which has seen him involved in many large engineering projects. Steve brings expertise in health & safety and given he is a former pupil of the school has a personal interest in its success. Steve’s heritage is with Fowey, where he contributes to the local community. An example is where he is chairperson of the rowing club The River Fowey Gig Club.


Being a member of the LAC provides an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the academy at this exciting stage of its development. The group convenes termly or as and when required.

The full structure of the Trust governance and remit of the Trust’s members, board of trustees and scheme of delegation are available on the governance page of Leading Edge Academies Partnership website.

The academy welcomes the involvement of individuals who hold good knowledge of the local community surrounding the academy, are enthusiastic to support the learning of young people in the academy and who are willing to undertake some basic training to support them in their role. We operate a skills audit process so that we can ensure that the make-up of the LAC is broad and balanced. Please contact the clerk to the LAC, Louisa McHardy (lmchardy@fracademy.org) to express initial interest. 

All LAC members will be expected to:

  • Support the academy and Trust vision and ethos
  • Exercise the highest standards of confidentiality and personal integrity
  • Abide by the Trust’s Code of Conduct for Governance
  • Contribute to the development of effectively sharing good practice
  • Comply with relevant safeguarding processes – including proof of compliance with regulatory requirements relative to Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Criminal Record Checks
  • Complete visit report forms, when appropriate, in order to report visit findings to LAC group.

Support for LAC members:

We appreciate that attendance at LAC meetings will need time and commitment from individual members and therefore to try and provide some support members will receive:

  • An induction process to support new group members to understand how the LAC works and what is required from members within the group.
  • Training for LAC members either through support from a mentor and or providing access to external advice and guidance agencies and organisations.
  • Opportunities to network with other LAC members within the Leading Edge Academies Partnership either virtually or through network meetings.