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Schools are run by a governing body working with the head teacher and senior management team to ensure pupils receive a high standard of education.

What do Governors do?

  • Together with the Head teacher they are responsible for making sure our schools provide good quality education
  • They provide challenge and support to headteachers, drawing on their knowledge and experience
  • They make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans
  • They monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing
  • They report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations
  • They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints
  • They ask searching questions and respect the position of headteachers as professional leaders of schools

Duties of the governing bodies in relation to special educational needs (SEN)

The Governing Body should, in co-operation with the Head teacher, determine the schools general policy and provision for children with SEN. It should establish the appropriate staffing and funding arrangements and maintain a general oversight of the schools work. The Governing Body must report to the parents annually on the schools policy on SEN. It is the role of the appointed SEN Governor to ensure that these responsibilities are being met by the Governing Body

List of Governors

Mrs Anwar-Bleem (Principal) – Ex-officio

Mr Parwaiz Bashir – Chair of Governors

Mr Asam Javed – Governor

Mr Emmerson Walgrove – Lay Chaplain

Mr Rizwan Aziz –  Governor

Mr Mohammed Younis Hussain – Governor

Miss Ghazala Nosheen – Governor

Mr Peter Cusack – Staff Governor

Mrs Helen Dawson – Staff Governor

Mrs Nageena Khan – Clerk to Governors

Dates of Governor Meetings 2018/2019

Code of Conduct for Iqra Academy

Link governors were reviewed in September 2016 and proposed as follows:

Subject AreaLink GovernorSchool Contact
English / PhonicsMr P BashirMrs N Gilpin
MathematicsMiss G NosheenMrs J Shovlin
SEN / InclusionMr A JavedMrs A Lindup
ITMr R AzizMr P Cusack
EYFSMr Y HussainMrs L Dodsworth
PEMr A JavedMr R Beeley
RE PSHEMr E WalgroveMrs R Dunn-Birch
Cross - CurricularMiss G NosheenMrs S Anwar-Bleem
ScienceMr P BashirMrs J Garlick
Ofsted AreaLink GovernorSchool Contact
Attainment and TargetsMiss G NosheenMrs S Anwar-Bleem
Quality of Teaching and LearningMr P BashirMrs J Shovlin
BehaviourMr E WalgroveMr Zirak Nafees
Safeguarding: Child Protection and E-SafetyMr R AzizMrs S Anwar-Bleem
Leadership and ManagementMr R AzizMrs S Anwar-Bleem
Community and PartnershipsMr E WalgroveLearning Leaders

Here are statements from some of our school governors;

Chair of Governors

Parwaiz Bashir: I have been involved in school governance for a significant time in Bradford. I am a qualified accountant and have significant experience of internal audit, statutory audit and corporate finance. I have in previous jobs undertaken financial audits at schools, reviewing controls and governance processes. I have been chair of governors since the academy started on 1 September 2013.

I have experience of all aspects of financial management, governance, project management, performance management and IT development. I have been able to make use of all these skills and experiences in academy governance particularly for our ambition to continue to improve.

Lay Chaplain

Emmerson Walgrove: I have lived in the Manningham area for over 10 years and regularly attend the Parish Church of St Paul’s Manningham, where I am a Lay Minister leading worship & administrating the Chalice at various services

Recently I became a Director of Equality Together which is a Disabled People led organisation for the Bradford District and beyond, it aims to tackle and challenge disabling barriers. Also I am involved as a Director of the Bradford and District Community Empowerment Network (CNet) and Deputy Chair of Bradford & District Disabled People’s Forum (BDPF) which exists for disabled people and disability groups together to ensure that they have a stronger voice in the district.”

In 2013 The Governing Body appointed Mr Emmerson Walgrove as Lay Chaplain to Iqra Academy.

“As Lay Chaplain, I have been involved with various faith assemblies with Mrs R Dunn-Birch (RE coordinator) along with making links with local faith leaders to enable them to come in to school to lead some of our assemblies”.

“I am also involved as Lay Chaplain along with various Staff, pupils and governors in distributing food parcels to community groups or organisations which provide support to the homeless & vulnerable people in local community”

The main role of the Lay Chaplain is to offer pastoral support to all faiths and to all pupils, staff and parents.

Click here to read more about the Lay Chaplain’s roles and responsibilities.


Rizwan Aziz: ‘My child attends Iqra Academy. I am an IT professional and have been a governor for a number of years’.


Asam Javed: ‘ I am the chair of finance and also a parent at the school. I am a Business and Financial commercial bank officer and I have a degree in Science. I have experience working as a youth worker and am heavily involved in helping the community’.


Mohammed Younis Hussain: ‘I joined the governing body at Iqra Academy as a parent governor. I have previous experience as a governor and I hope to bring this and my experience as Director of a local distribution company to the already dedicated professional skills mix of the governing body. I look forward to working with teachers and parents for the betterment of pupils education and achievement’.

Staff Governor

Peter Cusack: I joined the Iqra family in December 2015 as an Assistant Site Manager. My previous work experience gained consisted of 35 years in engineering, office and management roles.

I have a varied engineering skills background, starting my career an electrician and then working in the telecommunications industry for 31 years. My engineering skills for 18 years involved innovation daily due to the introduction of new technologies. This included the move away from a standard telephone line to a wide variety of digital services.

I progressed from engineer to Charge Hand, Senior Technician, Technical Officer, Technical Officer in Charge. Eventually finishing my career as a Diagnostics Centre of Excellence Team Manager.

I supervised a team of 21 highly skilled technical officers, both office based and remote workers including home workers. This involved health and safety checks, performance management and sick absence reviews.

I have experience in performance management where I held a lead role for 18 months this included introducing new performance management procedures negotiating with the unions the benefits involved. I was also the health and safety representative, reporting to the board on a monthly basis. This covered absence trends and health initiatives to assist the workforce.

I also worked with the HR department introducing a new annual leave procedure for office-based workers and performed data and trend analysis on a variety of different projects.

Some of my key skills are listed below and will be a benefit to the Iqra Academy Governing Body.

  • Business – strategy and leadership
  • Human resources
  • Procurement/contracting services
  • Data analysis
  • Health and safety
  • ICT knowledge
  • Premises maintenance
  • Project management