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Warden Hill Junior School

Pen Portraits

 Mrs E. Chambers

My name is Emily and I became a Governor at Warden Hill Junior School in September 2015.  I have four children – two attend this school and two are at Warden Hill Infant School.

Before I became a full-time mum I worked in the education sector, at a large college in London which offered sixth form courses for 16-18 year olds as well as vocational and recreational courses for all ages.  While there I gained a wealth of experience as I spent time working in administrative and IT-related departments, as well as teaching English to speakers of other languages.

I found the education sector very interesting to work in and now, as a mother, I am even more keenly interested in the quality of education available to young people, particularly in relation to preparing them for the future.  I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the other Governors to help promote Warden Hill Junior School and help it to develop still further as a wonderful place to learn and grow.

 Mrs C. Ramirez-Herelle

I have a keen interest in education and currently work in the University of Bedfordshire library supporting students from a variety of learning levels and backgrounds in their academic journey’s, including those with additional needs. Amongst many skills my role requires objectivity, patience, empathy, inclusivity and fair treatment of those I support. I must also work collaboratively with my colleagues when managing the service provision or working on projects. I relish the opportunity to transfer the skills I have acquired in my employment to the role of Parent Governor.

As my occupation may suggest, I am a devoted advocate for reading and comprehension so I am eager to support our school in reaching the “Next Steps” outlined in the recent Ofsted inspection.

When I am not at work, I am a busy Mum/home-maker. I share the same concerns and aspirations for my daughter as any parent does for their own children. However, as parent to a child with Special Educational Needs, an additional set of anxieties can manifest. I would like the opportunity to represent and contribute a parent’s point-of-view in this aspect at Parent Governor’s meetings.

I am passionate that all children at Warden Hill Junior’s, continue to enjoy coming to school and can access a positive and fulfilling learning experience from a wide-ranging curriculum. However, my overarching desire is that our children are happy.

Mrs Z. Malik

My name is Zubia Malik and I have been a Governor since 2012. I have a vested interest in seeing Warden Hill progress in all aspects of school life with one child currently in Year 5 and a further two that will hopefully join in the next couple of years.  My responsibility as a Governor is for the Pupil Premium children (those children who are in receipt of free school meals, children looked after by the Local Authority and children whose parents are serving in the armed forces) and making sure that the school is held accountable for how the additional grant is spent to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

I meet on a termly basis with Mr Hayden who is responsible for this key group and understand the relevant school pupil performance data which shows the progress of different groups over time and to the hold the school to account for ensuring that all available funding is used effectively to close the attainment between pupils who are in receipt of a free school meal and those who are not. We discuss and evaluate the impact of Pupil Premium activities using evidence based data and then conduct an annual review of all these activities which are then published on the school website.

I am currently the Chair of Governors.

Mrs A. Simpkins

My name is Ann Simpkins and I have been a governor since 2009, firstly as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-Opted Governor. My responsibility as a Governor is for Special Education needs. This involves me working with the school SENCO to ensure the best outcomes for children with statements and those on action and action plus programmes. As a parent who has had two children with statements (both of whom attended Warden Hill Junior School) i feel well placed to advise and support from a parents point of view.