The Governing Body

The Governing Body meets on a regular basis to discuss the running of the school. Parent Governors are elected by parents and carers and serve for a maximum of four years. Membership is currently as follows:

FGB: Full Governing Body
CPC: Curriculum & Policy
FSC: Finance & Staffing Committee
HTPM: Headteacher’s Performance Management

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Full Name Type of Governor Date of Appointment/Term of Office Finish Date Committees & Attendance 2017 – 18 Nominated Subjects Name of Business or Interests Other Governor Positions Relationships to Staff Members
Mrs Jackie Walters (Chair) Co-opted 01/09/2014
4 years
31/08/2018 HTPM
FGB: 1/1
D.S.E.N National College of Teaching and Learning Wycliffe CE Primary School  Interim  Executive Board None
Mr Atif Khokhar (Vice Chair) Co-opted 01/09/2014
4 years
31/08/2018 FSC (Chair): 1/1
FGB: 1/1
Attendance Covea Insurance None None
Mr Ibrahim Bilal Maynard Co-opted 01/09/2014
4 years
31/08/2018 FSC: 0/1
CPC (Chair)
FGB: 1/1
HTPM
Pupil Premium None Westbourne Primary None
Mr Peter Tate Co-opted 01/09/2014
4 years
31/08/2018 FGB: 1/1 Pupil voice, Community Links Bradford Youth Development Partnership, MAPA, West Bowling Youth Initiative, CNET None None
Mrs Riffat Nasser Co-opted 19/04/2016
4 years
18/04/2020 FGB: 1/2 Community Liaison Better Start None None
Mrs Elaine Palframan Co-opted 01/09/2014
4 years
31/8/2018 FSC: 1/1
FGB: 1/1
HTPM
Literacy, Safeguarding None None None
Mr Elvir Kesedzic Parent 21/09/2016
4 years
21/09/2020 FGB: 0/1
HTPM
Achievement Data Bradford College None None
Mrs Nasreen Khan Parent 16/03/2017
4 years
15/03/2021  FGB:0/1  D.S.E.N None None None
Mr Omar Ashraf Parent 05/06/2014
4 years
04/06/2018 FGB: 4/6
FSC
Community Links Farnham Primary School None Wife – Isma Bibi
Mrs Shaista Haider Parent 01/10/2015
4 years
30/09/2019 CPC
FGB: 1/1
Numeracy None None None
Dr Zuhair Bashar Gado Parent 02/02/2016
4 years
01/02/2020 FGB: 1/1  Arts None None None
Mr David Tomlinson Staff 16/04/2015
4 years
15/04/2019 FGB: 1/1 None None Staff member
Miss Janice Stephenson (Headteacher) Staff 01/09/2012 N/A FSC: 1/1
CPC
FGB: 1/1
Director of My BD5 None Staff member
Mr Philip Jones Associate member 03/10/2016
4 years
31/08/2017
Retired
FSC: 4/4
(Voting rights given)
None None Staff member
Mr Gareth Baterip Associate member 05/09/2017
2 years
05/09/2019 FSC: 1/1
(No voting rights given)
None None Staff member
Ms Claire Thompson Associate member 05/09/2017
2 years
05/09/2019 FSC: 1/1
(No voting rights given)
None None Staff member
Mr Imran Khan LA Representative 08/10/2014
4 years
07/10/2018 FGB: 1/1 Health & Safety , Behaviour None None None

Please click here to view July 2017 impact summary. This is a summary of the actions taken by the governing body and their resulting impact. If you would like to see a copy of the minutes for a full meeting or a particular agenda item or sub-committee, please call into school.

Please click here to view May 2017 impact summary.

Please click here to view March 2017 impact summary.

Please click here to view January 2017 impact summary

Please click here to view December 2016 impact summary

Please click here  to view May 2016 impact summary.

Governor Pen Portraits

Jackie Walters Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Newby for many years, from when my three children attended the school. I feel strongly that a good education is the right of all children and that families and schools together can support and encourage children to aim high and achieve their ambitions.

I worked in education and children’s services before retiring and still do some part time work.  In my spare time I enjoy running, (I did my first marathon this year!), travel, painting, learning poetry with my Mum and reading.  My all- time favourite book is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I also enjoy spending time with my grand-children.

I felt very honoured to receive the Governor of the Year Award at the Telegraph and Argus School Awards in March 2017.

Atif Khokhar

Following a period as a local authority governor, I am now one of the co-opted governors at Newby Primary School, Chairing the Finance and Staffing Committee and Vice Chair to the Governing Body.

I hope to bring my skills and knowledge to benefit the pupils and staff at Newby Primary School. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with expertise in the audit of large FTSE100 corporate financial services business as well as expertise on compliance matters. I set up and built a newly formed Internal Audit department within the Insurance sector, which I now manage.

I believe that supporting and challenging the school as it continues its journey from a good school to becoming outstanding is an important role, one to be taken seriously. The pupils, staff and community deserve the best efforts of the governing body to ensure that children have the very best education.  My passion for young people and for education mean that I will endeavour to secure the very best for the school community, the staff and most importantly, for the children.

Peter Tate

Raised in West Bowling, I was a pupil at Ryan Street Primary School from 1952-58. I taught for fourteen  years from  1970-84, spent twenty  years as a Youth Officer in Bradford, and ten years working in the voluntary and community sector.

Now retired from paid work, I chair three local youth charities – MAPA, West Bowling Youth Initiative and Bradford Youth Development Partnership.

My interests include Rugby League, promoting Bradford and living in Jamaica for the winter.

Ibrahim Bilal Maynard

I am, the community governor here at school and have been for about ten years. The role of the governors is to have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the school operates. I acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves commitment, time and energy. My delegated governor role is responsibility for oversight of the Pupil Premium.

I am committed to the importance of attendance as I believe that every school day counts. I do attend various courses and I’m prepared to update my knowledge for best outcomes for the school.

My main job is in children’s social care. I am married with four children. My youngest is 8 at primary school and my eldest at university. As a parent I believe we all have a role to play in our children’s teaching and learning as we should be all in it together. I believe it is important to spend quality time with your child in particular reading with them.

I love poetry and favourite colour is red.

Riffat Nasser

I am fairly new to the governing body at Newby Primary School but have worked in the area for over 5 years as a Bradford Trident employee. I have worked in the voluntary sector for approximately 16 years now on various public health, education and early intervention projects. One of my first voluntary positions was at a local community centre where I helped run a homework club on weekends for local children who were unable to get help at home due to issues such as language barriers, isolation and deprivation.

I currently work for Better Start Bradford, a project which is all about giving local family and children the best start in life through a host of evidence based projects. I am hopeful that many of the children that will benefit from the programme will go on to thrive and become successful individuals in the future. I love making a difference to the lives of others, hence my interest in joining the governing body at Newby Primary School.

I love reading and have an interest in Psychology, public health and early intervention and love to ready anything that I think will enhance my understanding of others and make me a more knowledgeable and empathetic individual. I also enjoy cooking and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Elvir Kesedzic

I started my role as a parent Governor in September 2016 and currently three of my children attend the school. I am the named Achievement Data governor and so far the role is a very rewarding one.

I strongly believe that we (parents, community and school) are all responsible for providing a good education foundation with the opportunity for all children to achieve their ambitions.

I have worked in education for the past two decades with an interest and focus on technology, programming and maths. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and IT are two areas I enjoy researching and developing with a focus on encouraging children of all ages to get involved and have fun but at the same time to develop skills.

Spending time with my family and being part of my children’s development is challenging at times but very gratifying.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing football and travelling, I support Manchester City and also strongly support Bradford City. My favourite colour is green.

The most influential person in my life is my mother.

Elaine Palframan

I have been a governor at Newby for 8 years, initially as Staff Governor. When I retired two years ago I was invited to remain on the Governing Board as a community governor. As a former primary school teacher I have always had a strong interest in education. I am committed to ensuring that all children achieve their full educational potential whilst at the same time retaining their enjoyment, wonder and pleasure in the world around them.

Since retiring I work for two mornings a week with a volunteer group improving and maintaining our local park and also volunteer as a room guide in the local National Trust property.  I really enjoy reading particularly classical authors such as the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and Jane Austin. However, I also enjoy modern literature including crime novels and thrillers. I love spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Omar Ashraf

I have held my position as parent governor at Newby Primary for three years, with both my children attending the school. Since graduating from university, I have focused my career upon education, taking up roles in both primary and secondary contexts. My current employment as a learning mentor in a Bradford primary school has allowed me to engage with stakeholders from various educational establishments, and reinforced my desire to play an active role in a school governing body.

I have recently been appointed to Deputy Safeguarding Lead at my current school, allowing a greater insight into the nurturing of students and the importance of working with external agencies. My work has been aimed at providing all with a safe and supporting learning experience, which augments and develops student progress.

I have a strong interest in community groups. Managing a junior football team as part of the Craven, Aire and Wharfe league has allowed me to develop skills, both in terms of football and personal development, among young people from across the Bradford region. I take a keen interest in cricket amongst other sports and enjoy visiting Headingley Stadium on family days out.

Zuhair Bashar

I joined Newby primary school governing body in February 2016. I believe that taking part as a governor allows me to serve my community and at the same time is a learning process, informing me about the education system.

I have a mixed experience background of academic and humanitarian work. I love voluntary work. Currently I work as a part of executive body for two voluntary organizations; The Sudanese Community in Bradford and the Bradford Refugee Forum.

I enjoy spending time with my family and am keen to know about the development of my children at school. One of my best hobbies is walking and I walk at least half an hour every day.

Janice Stephenson

I have been the Headteacher at Newby Primary School since September 2012 but I have had the privilege of being a teacher in school since 1990. Newby has always been, and continues to be, an excellent school that has very strong relationships with parents, is an integral part of the local community, has fabulous children and a very dedicated team of staff who go the extra mile to make sure our children reach their full potential.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, gardening, socialising with my friends, going to the theatre and reading. I have recently started to visit the theatre to see ballet performances by Matthew Bourne and my current favourite author is Jojo Moyes.

The two previous Headteachers at this school: Linda Nash and Mike Latham were hugely inspirational to me and I am very proud to be a part of Newby.

Claire Thompson

I am proud to have been a teacher here at Newby since 1989 and to have been the Deputy Headteacher since 2012.

It is a fantastic place to work. I am passionate about providing the best possible education for all our pupils and I am proud to belong to the Newby family. Newby has provided me with a wealth of opportunity for personal and professional development.

As the Deputy Headteacher, my role is varied. Some aspects of my job are being the Designated Safeguarding Lead, looking after our students and Newly Qualified Teachers and ensuring that our pupils regularly attend school.

On a personal note, I am married and have a 17 year old daughter. She is currently studying her A levels with a hope of studying law at University. Out of school, I enjoy eating out, reading and traveling.

Imran Khan

I first joined Newby governing body as a parent governor in 2010. In 2014 I became the local authority governor at this outstanding school.  I became a governor to ensure that all children at the school had an outstanding education within the ethos of Every Child Matters.

I have spent the last 14 years of my working life within the public sector as a police officer and I bring the skills I use in my professional life to assist in the governance of the school. As a police officer I work in the same area as the school. I am always looking for different ways and ideas to improve not only the school but also to try and reach out to the community. I believe together we can make a difference as “united we stand, divided we fall”.

The  two main reasons why I decided to become a governor at Newby Primary is that I live in the immediate area so it is very rewarding to give something back to the local school that has already given my children an excellent foundation and flying start to their education; secondly I enjoy bringing external experience of best practice into the school to help drive continuous improvement as well as taking back new skills and perspectives to my workplace and other external groups I am involved with.

I am happy to bring any of your concerns to the governing body meetings where the matter can be discussed. If you need to get hold of me then please do so via contacting the school first who will be more than happy to inform me of your request.