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.
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.
My name is Sonja Hamilton and I am the mother of two children, a daughter in year 5 and a son who has just started year 1 at Warden Hill Infant school. I have lived in Luton all my life and more recently in the Barton Hills area. In my free time I love to spend time with my children, swim or relax with a good book. I decided to become a Parent Governor because I have been impressed by the work that is done by all the staff at Warden Hill Junior School since my daughter started there and the enthusiasm of the teachers, and wanted to spend some free time I have helping the school too . My professional background is in Accountancy (I am a Qualified Management Accountant) so I am hoping I can use my skills and experience in this area to benefit the school. I also recently started to volunteer in the classroom twice a week, something I really enjoy doing and find very rewarding, and hope that this will help me gain a better understanding of how the school works from the classroom.
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.
My name is Ben Thomas and I am a Parent Governor at Warden Hill Junior School. A position I have held since November 2014.
My eldest son started at the school in 2012 and to date, I currently have 3 of my 4 children attending the school.
I am a local man who has worked within this town for the past 20 years, within this time I have seen the town grow and become highly diverse and multicultural.
I am a firm believer that with hard work, dedication, commitment and a will to succeed anything is possible and it is these values that I bring to the school in my role as a Parent Governor.
I would like to thank Mr Welch and the Governing Body for their warm welcome and look forward to the challenges ahead and to continuing my role for the foreseeable future.