Governance

 

Mrs Jumoke Akinlabi
Chair of GovernorsJ AKINLABI final

I am the Chair of Claycots School Board of Governors and also the sit on all the committees and panels, as required. 

My background is in Education and I have been in education environment for over two decades which shows my passion for children.

As a member of the governing body, I uphold the vision of the school in high esteem and value the "LIVE" vision in making sure that every child attains and demonstrates their full potential.

 

Mr Andrew Griffin
Executive HeadteacherAndrew

Over the past 28 years I have been extremely committed to providing children with high quality education, enjoyable experiences and memorable moments. I am an extremely passionate person who believes whole heartedly that education is centred on the child and all children have the right to high standards and quality educational provision. 

I have been a headteacher of three very different schools, a Maths Adviser in Slough, a School Improvement Partner and a Director of Outdoor Education. My breadth of knowledge and experience and commitment from an early age in my career demonstrate that I have the skills and the understanding to improve and where necessary transform schools.

From my experience, I have learnt that any change in a school must be done through a strategic collaborative approach looking at current best practice and sharing, communicating and delivering the clear vision for the school. My experiences and opportunities highlight that as a leader I am extremely strategic and forward thinking, looking for new opportunities to change for the better and, where required, ensure that policies and current provision are evaluated and scrutinised for their effectiveness and their outcomes for children.

As part of the Governing Body, I look forward to working in partnership with all stakeholders to deliver the highest standards for all children at Claycots.

Mrs Rebecca Reffell
Co-Opted GovernorKH 161015083738

Since joining Claycots initially as a Staff Governor (being co-opted into the governing body in 2019), I am proud to be a part of the transformational change process in supporting, developing and working with all stakeholders in order for our school to be a leading educational establishment. My Journey towards this role started as a class teacher in Key Stage 1. Having specialised in Early Years at university, my passion has always been child development and I was delighted to become EYFS phase leader during my time in Staffordshire for 4 years. I then moved to Claycots as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the largest EYFS department in the country. The capacity and potential the school holds is incredible and working within the school on a strategic level, yet being fully involved with day to day operations allows me to have a well-informed voice in matters that involve, policy, place and personnel centred around the needs of children, staff and parents.

 

Mrs Rupinder Sondh 
Parent GovernorRsondh

A parent governor with the responsibility of sitting on the curriculum and standards committee and acting as the early years governor. My background is in IT, currently working as an IT service manager for a large Insurance company in London. As a mother of four young children (3 of them  at Claycots Town Hall Campus my primary focus is ensuring my children get the best start in their life, in a secure environment with high quality teaching and learning.Claycots has a dedicated leadership team who have the vision to deliver a rich and inspiring education, encouraging children to learn through experience and have enquiring minds.

20160203 144226 1Mrs Sadaf Waqas
Co-Opted Governor

My name is Sadaf Waqas, I live in Slough and two of my children are attending the Claycots School, Britwell campus. I already play an active role in the school’s newly formed PTA, involved in summer fair and Christmas fete. Previously I have been working as a software engineer; these days I am giving full attention to my house and family. Earlier I have been a parent governor in my son’s infant school. As a parent of four children, I understand the desire we all have for our children to have the best possible educational and learning experience. I believe I will be a good school parent governor for Claycots and together we will be in a stronger place.

Mohammad Ansar
Parent GovernorM ansar

I have been newly elected as aParent Governor at Claycots School and joined the existing Governing body in November 2018. As a parent of two children at Claycots School, I understand the desire we all have for our children to have the best possible educational and learning experience. I believe I will be a good school parent governor for Claycots and together we will be in a stronger place. 

I am driven by a desire to get the best for all the children of Claycots School, as well as for their families and the wider community.  To this end, I will always support the school leadership where I am confident that the best is being provided; however, if I have doubts, I will not hesitate to question and challenge.  

Claycots School has a dedicated leadership team who have the vision to deliver a rich and inspiring education, encouraging children to learn through experience and have enquiring minds. 

Andrew Chikwanha
Co-opted GovernorAndrew Chikwanha

I have lived in Slough for more than 20 years. I have worked for the NHS for a long time at Wexham Park Hospital, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, Poole Hospital and I currently work at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust as a Senior Manager. I am also a Pastor for a local church in Slough. I have a passion to see all children succeed. I am so glad I am one of the Governors at Claycots School.  I am happy to be working with the Governing Body to provide strategic leadership and accountability to Claycots school. I bring with me corporate financial management experience which will be instrumental in making sure the school’s money is well spent. I am looking forward to working with the Governors Board and  the headteacher to improve the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

Mrs Shazia Khan
Co-opted Governor2S khan

I am honoured to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor on the Governing Board. With extensive global experience in the financial and technology sectors,   I have played a key role in the governance of diverse programmes and lead the ‘stand up’ of multiple business areas.

 

Having three children of my own and supporting my brother (who suffers from a severe disability) I have learned the importance of a well rounded and inclusive education experience. As a result, I support and volunteer at a range of initiatives to bridge the gap between education and industry to enable young people to make informed choices about their futures.

 

I will bring a great deal of drive and enthusiasm and will strive to help maintain the school’s high standards, whilst still always looking to move forwards

 

Lin Meade

Co-opted Governor

I have been working for Slough Children’s Centres for nearly 14 years, 13 of which have been at Monksfield Way, previously known as Claycots Children’s Centre as an Early Years Manager.

During that time I have led the Children Centre to two Outstanding judgements in  Ofsted inspection. I am also the Early Years Manager at both Orchard Avenue(on the site of Priory School) and St. Andrews Way (Cippenham Nursery) Children’s Centres.

Expertise I can bring to the role are extensive knowledge and experience in safeguarding, supporting quality early year provision, including curriculum and environment, special educational needs and inclusion.

I have worked closely with a number of Claycots’ school professionals over the years to support transition, share practice and work in a multiagency way to support families.

Having been at Monksfield Way for that many years I have seen the changes in the area both in the buildings and demographic and have sound local knowledge.

I consider it to be a privilege to work with children right at the start of their education and feel strongly that we do not have the right to waste one second of that time by not giving of our best?

Rashieda Ebrahim
Parent Governor

I am a qualified social worker since 1995 and have been in various services, such as child protection, working with people with disabilities and mental health. I have a good understanding of family functioning, social interactions and how legislation impacts individuals, families and communities. I remain keen to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and have therefore completed various training courses post qualification, e.g. certificate in Management, Compassionate Leadership, Safeguarding and IOSH Health and Safety. I have also completed the relevant training to be a practice educator for social work students, so my organisation is able to offer student placements as I am able to access their practical placements in the workplace and provide feedback to the universities.

I am currently employed as a joint services manager of an integrated Health and Social Care Mental Health Service. I manage a staff team of 34 multi-disciplinary professionals and perform of a multitude of functions, ranging from people management, performance target monitoring, budget monitoring and supervision of clinical and social care work. As part of my role, I am also a designated safeguarding manager of the Local Authority and I chair safeguarding meetings.

I have always been passionate to contribute to the development of my child’s school and would like the opportunity to contribute to raising the standards of achievement. I have various skills that I can bring to the role, namely, management skills, a good understanding of people in society, social work expertise, ability to devise business/team plans, being comfortable in a public facing role and working effectively as part of a team.

Asma Jahan
Parent Governor

I am a stay at home mum of an only child. She has just started school in Reception at Claycots Primary school (Britwell Campus). I am nominating myself as a parent governor because I believe you learn every day from the life experience and I would say children are the best teachers.

A little about me, I was born in Bangladesh, raised in United Arab Emirates and marital bliss of 12 years bought me to England which is my home now, therefore I can bring in a lot of diversity to the school environment. My fluency with 4 languages English, Urdu, Bengali and understand Arabic has allowed me to be approachable and diversity.

I am a sales professional, my varied roles in sales and marketing positions over the span of 23 years, has given me a background of being a people’s person strategic business growth from financial prospective, manage and train sales personnel.

I was a sports woman at school, therefore my core value has always been team work. Being a parent governor, I would contribute my skills to raise standards and accomplish for all pupils. My focus will be to ensure community spirit and embracing diversity.

Personally, I like to stay organised, my hobbies are arts and crafts, cooking, going on nature walks. I have developed an interest for cycling and plan to do the Prudential London ride if I get selected. Plenty to do and always engaged.

Catharine Parkes
Co-opted Governor

My expertise lies in assessment development, with a focus on the quality of materials. I have proposed models for developing assessments for a range of purposes. I have developed tests in various subjects for different age groups. I ensure the validity of the tests is established through research evidence collected from trialling, subject expert and practitioner panels. I have experience in training item writers, test developers, markers and administrators. I have presented at science and assessment conferences and lead workshops in assessment. Using this expertise, I can effectively run complex and challenging assessment programmes.

Sarah Malcolm-Richards
Co-opted Governor

I set up my own company, Box of Frogs, in 2006 which specialises in Design and Project Management in the Retail and Leisure Industry.  I have worked on many large refurbishment and new store projects with household names including Starbucks, Costa and FatFace. Along with my team, I am responsible for all aspects of these projects from concept to implementation. Whilst my expertise is as a designer, over the years I have gained significant experience in budgeting, project management and building compliance law and regulations. I have a good understanding of health and safety requirements and application which I believe may be an area the school requires some support with. 

I first became aware of Claycots when I visited the Town Hall campus earlier this year regarding the redesign of the office space. I met the Executive Head Teacher and was particularly interested in the size of the school and the complexities of overseeing 2 different sites. I felt that, with my knowledge and experience, I could support the Governing Body and Executive Head Teacher to make improvements for the children. 

Stella Kalamaj
Staff Governor

I came to teaching late in life, having taken a break from a successful career in logistics to spend time with my children.  I started as a parent volunteer, then as part of the PTA, before becoming a TA at my children’s school, and finally returning to university to study for my PGCE.  I have been working at Claycots since 2012 – the year that I graduated – and have worked as a class teacher, year leader and now Assistant Head, over both the Britwell and Town Hall campuses.  As one of the longest standing teachers in the school, I am passionately committed to the school, the children and the wider community.  I believe in a positive, engaging and well-rounded learning experience, where each child is valued as an individual, as well as supporting the staff of the school to be the very best that they can be for our children.  We only get one chance to get this right!

I am hard working and approachable with a positive outlook, and a strong moral compass.  I believe that this, along with the skills that I developed whilst working commercially, would help me to make a positive impact in the continuing journey of our school in the role of staff governor.