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.
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
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
Link governors were reviewed in September 2016 and proposed as follows:
|Subject Area||Link Governor||School Contact|
|English / Phonics||Mr P Bashir||Mrs N Gilpin|
|Mathematics||Miss G Nosheen||Mrs J Shovlin|
|SEN / Inclusion||Mr A Javed||Mrs A Lindup|
|IT||Mr R Aziz||Mr P Cusack|
|EYFS||Mr Y Hussain||Mrs L Dodsworth|
|PE||Mr A Javed||Mr R Beeley|
|RE PSHE||Mr E Walgrove||Mrs R Dunn-Birch|
|Cross - Curricular||Miss G Nosheen||Mrs S Anwar-Bleem|
|Science||Mr P Bashir||Mrs J Garlick|
|Ofsted Area||Link Governor||School Contact|
|Attainment and Targets||Miss G Nosheen||Mrs S Anwar-Bleem|
|Quality of Teaching and Learning||Mr P Bashir||Mrs J Shovlin|
|Behaviour||Mr E Walgrove||Mr Zirak Nafees|
|Safeguarding: Child Protection and E-Safety||Mr R Aziz||Mrs S Anwar-Bleem|
|Leadership and Management||Mr R Aziz||Mrs S Anwar-Bleem|
|Community and Partnerships||Mr E Walgrove||Learning Leaders|
Here are statements from some of our school 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.
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.
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’.
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.