The Governing Body
Gill TurnerChair of Governors
Headteacher Greenholm Primary School, Local Leader of Education (LLE) and Ofsted Inspector
I have been working in education for over 30 years and for the last 21 years have worked as a Headteacher in Birmingham. I am passionate about ensuring that all pupils get the best chance in life and will leave no stone unturned to enable this to happen.
I am fortunate that during my career I have been able to use and apply my skills to a variety of roles, both as class teacher and then as a Head teacher. As a Local leader in Education I frequently worked alongside other Headteachers to support them in their leadership journey and develop their capacity. On occasions this meant challenging the decisions they were planning in order to achieve the best outcomes for the pupils and the school. I spent one term working in a special measures school to support the LA whilst they could appoint a new Headteacher. I then worked alongside them to support their induction to ensure the school moved out of this category quickly. I have worked in many other schools supporting their writing and curriculum development and used the knowledge I have gained to support new Head teachers into their role. I have worked for the LA in a number of different guises and have recently worked alongside the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) trying to support schools in developing their local networks of support. I have been an Ofsted Inspector for many years and this role has supported me in challenging my own views about what is effective teaching and learning.
My long career has been both fascinating and challenging and I have experienced many educational changes, however one thing has never changed and that is the absolute right for all children to get the best possible education they can as they only get one chance at this and this affects their subsequent life chances. That is what I strive for.
Marlene DouglasTrust Appointed Governor
I have been a headteacher with over 15 years leadership experience and I am currently serving as Head Teacher of a primary school. I started my career in Birmingham and have worked in a range of primary schools in predominantly socially deprived areas. I have considerable experience of Ofsted and have successfully turned around a school in a category to receive a good rating with outstanding in some areas.
Developing my career as Deputy Head Teacher and then as head teacher in a large primary school in Birmingham, I have had responsibility for raising assessment and achievement and this has been a continuing thread to my career. I also have expertise in analysing data, curriculum development and safeguarding.
Amar JawaidTrust Appointed Governor
My name is Amar Jawaid and I am a Specialist Financial Advisor also a Estate Agent. I am a Governor at Grestone Academy, I have experience in Finance, building projects and Real Estate. I hope I can also help the school anyway I can. My passion is about helping to provide the best whole education (not just exams) for children at school.
Kulbinder PooniTrust Appointed Governor
My teaching career spans over 30 years with 20 years in Leadership and Management. The majority of my work has been in inner city Birmingham; I was also the Principal of the first free school in Wolverhampton. My experiences have included working in a range of settings; being the strategic lead for a children’s centre, Head of School at an all-through school as well as a Transforming Education Officer as part of Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects with the Birmingham Local Authority.
Within my career as a classroom practitioner, I have taught every national curriculum year group and focused strongly on the developing needs of the foundation stage and getting the first stage of learning right. I have supported through team teaching and led and developed staff personally in their career development from NQT to Senior Leadership.
I have mentored and coached leaders so that they can build strong leadership capacity and disseminate good practice to teams engendering that all staff are leaders of learning. This has been further embedded as my role as an SLE, NAML (Middle Leadership) and NPQSL (Senior Leadership) facilitator.
My belief is that we never stop learning and my versatility as a practitioner enables me to prepare for the lives that children will live in this ever-changing society.
I am invested in making a difference for pupils within these schools as I was one of the EAL, free school meal children brought up in one of most deprived areas of Coventry. So, I really understand the aspirations families and children have for themselves, or need to have and what to do to secure them.
My teachers believed in what we could do, valued the enrichment and diversity and celebrated what we could learn from and could bring to the curriculum and this fostered and cultivated a drive in me that has never left. I strive to instil this in the children I work with and provide a positive role model for them.
I believe that is so important and that at the centre of a great school there has to be a strategy that includes developing effective systems for leadership and management of the transition for children, supporting the parents, and ensuring that learning is enabled immediately for the children and that parents should access information and support through the school community to enable them to settle quickly. I have focused on finding root causes for those hard-to-reach parents, of our most vulnerable children, who don’t engage and then make it priority to address.
I have worked in a number of multicultural schools and know and understand the challenges facing the inner-city schools of the West Midlands.
Several schools in which I have worked are located in the highest deprivation quartile nationally. There have been many social and emotional factors that have impacted on the lives of the children and, consequently, on their behaviour and learning, As a leader, it is pivotal to make it very clear to staff that we need to set our moral compass and understand the responsibility we have in opening doors of opportunity for all children regardless of the communities they are born into.
Graham WinfieldTrust Appointed Governor
Sandip BhatoyParent Governor
Mr Rajwinder SinghParent Governor
Mr Rajwinder Singh
- I believe that all children deserve to have the best possible start in life and great schooling is at the heart of this.
- I will challenge the school when needed and make sure that parents concerns are heard
- As a parent myself I want my local school to be an Ofsted rated outstanding school and I would work with Grestone to achieve this
- I am a parent and five of my children all attend Grestone and so I know how important it is to work with the school
- I have 15 years’ experience of working in the childcare field, giving advice and support to families, schools and partners like Ofsted
- I would help to make the school a safer place by looking at the parking problems, smoking at the gates etc.
I have an open door policy and feel that only by working together can we can build a school great enough for our children, that means every parent and every child working to together with the staff at Grestone Academy.
Mrs Emma RavenscroftHead of School
Mrs Emma Ravenscroft
I started my teaching career in Worcestershire as a Reception Class Teacher in 1999. Over the last 20 years I have held many different key positions in schools in Worcestershire and Warwickshire. Including SENCo, Safeguarding Lead and Key Stage Leader. At leadership level I have been a Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Joint Head of School and in January 2019 I was appointed as the substantive Head of School at Grestone Academy.
My passion is and always has been; our children. I am a great believer in Service Leadership and with this firmly at the centre of my everyday work in school, I know that together; myself, my staff, yourselves and our children can achieve great outcomes.
Sukhbir FararExecutive Principal
I started my teaching career at Hamstead Hall as a Mathematics Teacher in 1989. Over the last 30 years I have held many management positions at the school including Head of Year, Head of Maths and 18 years on the Senior Leadership Team. At leadership level I have been a Senior Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head of School and in January 2017 I was appointed as one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust.
Jon MortimerExecutive Principal
I have over 20 years teaching experience as a Maths teacher and have worked at Hamstead Hall since April 1998. I have undertaken a variety of roles including Head of Maths, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher with specialisms in curriculum and assessment and more recently as Head of School at Hamstead Hall Academy.
In January 2017, I became one of the Executive Principals of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust and recorded as the designated Accounting Officer at the Trust. Hamstead Hall Academy has been a National Support School since 2009. As a National Leader of Education, I have a wealth of experience of school to school support working in schools across the West Midlands to improve leadership and student outcomes. In October 2015, I became the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) Secondary District Representative for the North West Network as well as being a member of the BEP School Improvement and Commissioning Committee for Birmingham. In September 2018, I was appointed as a Director on the Titan Executive.
Miss Samantha BaileyStaff Governor
Miss Samantha Bailey
I have worked as Senior Office Manager & PA to the Heads of School at Grestone Academy since late 2015 and, during my time here, I have become incredibly passionate about the school’s reputation and success. Since graduating in 2012 from The University of Reading with a degree in English Literature and a Masters degree in Children’s Literature, I have worked in Admin teams at a number of different schools across Birmingham. I firmly believe that every day is a school day, even after you leave school, and I can safely say that I learn something new every day when working in the Education sector!
Our pupils deserve to receive the very best in education and pastoral care and I hope that my time as staff governor can help to work towards this.
Ms Anji SansiStaff Governor
Ms Anji Sansi
I have worked at Grestone Academy for fifteen years, as a Graduate Trainee, to Class Teacher and currently as Assistant Head of School. I am passionate about providing every child with the best opportunity to achieve their potential. My organisational skills and knowledge of the children and their community, affords me confidence in raising standards at the school. I consider it a privilege to be a representative at Governing level.
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FAO Gill Turner,