Introducing your school governors 2016/17
Mrs Sue Mawson – Chair of Governors (co-opted)
Hello, my name is Sue Mawson and I am very proud to be a part of Oastlers School, as a parent myself, I firmly believe that every child has the fundamental right to a good education, to be provided with every opportunity and to be supported to develop and reach his/her fullest potential, regardless of background or ability. Increasingly some young people face challenges and experiences beyond their years - providing good well run schools and an environment which is safe, supportive and nurturing is paramount to their longer term wellbeing. I have supported the education of young people in the Bradford District for many years. I was previously Director of Finance for the Bradford Local Authority. Since my retirement I have become actively involved in the governance and sit on the governing bodies of three schools across the district. I believe that it is the responsibility of every school to provide a supportive environment with outstanding teaching so that our young people can work hard and gain the confidence to become successful young adults of the future. I will strive to support all the staff, parents and carers at the school and be a voice for Oastler’s learners so that together we can help them to achieve their very best. I will try to be available as much as possible and look forward to meeting as many parents and carers as I can at school events.
Mr Rahat Khan – Vice Chair of Governors (co-opted)
Hello, my name is Rahat Khan and I am currently the Director of Himmat - a registered Charity and a Limited Company which nurtures and supports disaffected young people both here in Bradford and in Halifax, Calderdale. I have 25 years’ experience of working in the Voluntary & Community Sector, much of that involving substantial experience of managing adult and young offenders. I have extensive knowledge and understanding of the barriers facing South Asian communities and other minority communities. My range of professional experience includes: HR, finance, funding, Prevent, Families First, Youth Offending, Probation have formed Alternative Education through our Independent School for those disaffected young people who are struggling in mainstream environments. I am really pleased to be part of the Oastlers governing body to champion those children and young people who are sometimes ‘on the edge’ and for whom mainstream education has not been successful. When I am not working I enjoy playing football, squash, Badminton and travelling.
Mr Charlie Jones - (Local Authority)
I was born on the edge of Ilkley Moor and attended Ilkley Grammar School. I studied at Leeds Polytechnic and gained a degree in Social Administration. I have been a social worker since 1981. I have spent much of my working life supporting complex young people, particularly young offenders. I am currently the Service Manager for Bradford Youth Offending Team. I believe removing young people from their families, friendship networks and communities has a damaging effect that is long lasting. It does not help them to change harmful behaviours or help them mature. I am a huge Bradford City fan but I love cricket and have played for 55 years! I have also been known to go to Bruce Springsteen concerts!!
Mrs Shazia Qureshi - (co-opted)
I am currently employed by Prospects Services as Operations Manager delivering Connexions services and targeted support for young people in Bradford. I manage a team of Personal Advisors who work in schools and colleges to ensure young people are equipped with the knowledge and information to make informed choices about their future. I have worked in this arena extensively for over nine years in Bradford. Additionally, I contribute to various strategic groups which include Bradford Apprenticeship Group, Young Carers Strategy and the Looked After Children Strategy Group. Since managing the delivery of Families First contract, I have become even more aware of the issues that our children and young people face and I am working hard to reduce those barriers and secure for them excellent outcomes.
Mrs Carol Edwards - (parent)
Hello, my name is Carol Edwards and while I am a community governor at Oastlers School I am also a parent to a child who attends the school. I have six children at home, three boys and three girls so I am very busy! I currently work as a residential social worker at a community home that offers therapeutic interventions for children with complex needs. I have enjoyed training over the years to support children with special needs, attachment disorder, foetal alcohol syndrome, children’s rights and anti-bullying, to name but a few. I am passionate about supporting children with complex needs and am particularly passionate about strategies to combat bullying.
Mr Kevin Taylor - (co-opted)
Hello, my name is Kevin Taylor and I am really pleased to have been asked to join the Oastlers Governing Body. I have never been a governor before so am looking forward to the challenges! I am a serving police officer and have been in an officer for twenty years. My current role is Partnership Inspector for Bradford District. I was a prison officer for eight years, I have even worked in the infamous Wormwood Scrub in London. I was just twenty years old then. I love anything mechanical, cars, motorcycles, tractors, lawnmowers and am called by those closes to me a ‘petrol head’. I am my happiest when covered in oil under an engine. I am really looking forward to helping Oastlers shape a future that delivers first class learning to those who come through its doors now and in the future.
Mr Edward Sherratt - (staff)
Hello, my name is Ed Sherratt Within Oastlers I am Lead Practitioner and head of science, a subject for which I have a great passion. I have been teaching since 2013 and in that time moved from computing to science as well as teaching English, 3D art and technology along the way. I have taught in a range of schools and Pupil Referral Units prior to Oastlers and am now firmly rooted in the special education arena. Away from the classroom, I am vice chair of West Yorkshire Bat Group, a keen caver and also sailor be it small boats or larger yachts off the west coast. I am currently working towards my Yachtmaster qualification as well as volunteering at the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland to develop my interest in astronomy.
Mr Carl Walker - (parent)
Hello, my name is Carl Walker and have a been a governor at the school even before it opened in 2013. My particular responsibility of that of health & safety lead. I often visit school to check all aspects of health & safety and repot back my findings to the governing body. The meetings are often lively and good humoured. I had the privilege of being part of the set-up of the school from artist’s impression to reality. It has been an exciting journey and it promises to be an even more exciting future as well. I am passionate about this school and everyone in it. I am looking forward to meeting as many parents/carers as possible.
Mrs Sue Woolmore - (co-opted)
Hello, my name is Sue Woolmore and I have just recently joined the governing body. For the last thirty years I have focused on the welfare and protection of children and young people. I am passionate about the well-being of children and have a deep desire to encourage and promote their active involvement in family and community life. For this they need to feel safe and also feel respected by all in their community. I recognise that schools play a pivotal role in this. It is for this reason I have joined the governing body at Oastlers so that I can support the school community in nurturing its learners, whilst also enabling the school and its learners to make a positive impact on the wider community. I am a registered social worker with over thirty years in child protection. I have served as Independent Chair of two Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) and was also a founder member and national Chair of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs. I am truly looking forward to getting to know the Oastlers community.
Mrs Gillian Jennison - (Clerk to the Governing Body)
Hello, my name is Gill Jennison and I am the clerk to the governing body which means I look after the administration side of things for the governors. I prepare the agendas and take notes and help governors follow relevant guidelines. If you want to contact the governors, you can send me a letter via the school and I will pass it on to the Chair.
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