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 SEND. 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 SEND. It is the role of the appointed SEND Governor to ensure that these responsibilities are being met by the Governing Body
Mrs Anwar-Bleem (Principal) – Ex-officio
Mr Mohammed Younis Hussain – Chair of Governors
Mr Emmerson Walgrove – Lay Chaplain
Mr Rizwan Aziz – Governor
Mr Nasar Mohammed – Governor
Mr Peter Cusack – Staff Governor
Mrs Alison Lindup – Teacher Governor
Mrs Nageena Khan – Clerk to Governors
Here are statements from some of our school governors;
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’.
Emmerson Walgrove: I have lived in Bradford for a number of years and regularly attend the Parish of St Chad’s, Toller Lane. I am also a Lay Minister leading worship & administrating the Chalice at various services in the Diocese of Leeds.
I am a Director of Bradford Cyrenians which aims to provide flexible, preventative support service to vulnerable communities. I am also the Chair of Bradford & District Disabled People’s Forum (BDPF) who’s aim is to link 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’.
Alison Lindup: I have been a teacher at Iqra Academy for a number of years and have experience teaching across all year groups. I became the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator) 2 years ago and work closely with a strong staff team other professionals, to ensure that our pupils receive the required support to make progress both academically and socially. I joined Iqra Academy’s governing body in January 2019 as a Teacher 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.