Local Governing Body
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Mrs Rachel BurroughsChair/ Trust Appointed
Mrs Rachel Burroughs
Having taught in the West Midlands for 30 years, I have expanded and used my pedagogical knowledge to support the academy trust. I believe in promoting inclusivity and cultural diversity. My extensive knowledge of critical governance spans over 20 years and includes pastoral, safe- guarding, strategic leadership and management. I am passionate about every studentï¿½s achievement and believe that every young person should leave school with life skills which will enable them to encounter and overcome difficult tasks, be tolerant and remain learners throughout their lives. My daughters, who were previously educated at Hamstead Hall, achieved very well and have gone on to undertake very good careers. I live locally, have strong links with parents and through my role as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator am able to reach out towards the community.
If you wish to contact me my work address is:
Hamstead Hall Academy
Craythorne Avenue, Handsworth Wood
Birmingham, B20 1HL
Mrs Maxine BlakeTrust Appointed
Mrs Maxine Blake
As a retired civil servant, I spent the last 25 years supporting people with disabilities to continue in work with financial support and helping the unemployed back into full time work. Since 1984 I have served at a Pentecostal church in the capacity of Public Relations Officer promoting information and protecting the churchï¿½s stance in the community. This led me to get further involved in other community events. I volunteered my experience in events to help combat gun and knife crimes in the Handsworth and Hockley community during the period of 2005-2011. As Parent Governor at Cherry Orchard Primary School (2007-2011) I supported the teaching staff and served on the Attendance and Finance Committee.
Miss Aanisah BeggTrust Appointed
Miss Aanisah Begg
I am Birmingham born and bred and have always lived in Handsworth Wood. I attended King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls before graduating with a BSc in Mathematics with Economics from Aston University in 2012.
I am an Investment Manager at a Birmingham based Venture Capital Fund. I have a passion for supporting local entrepreneurs in business growth, helping them to build successful and innovative companies of the future via financial and operational management.ï¿½
I believe my passion for Birmingham and the local community, coupled with my professional experience enables me to make a valuable contribution to the governing board. The success of our region is heavily underpinned by the c.400 schools, 15 universities and 3 university colleges within one hour's drive of the city, churning out world-class talent. It is imperative all children are given the opportunity of gaining the best education possible equipping them with the life skills to purse their chosen career.
I have previously volunteered with Young Enterprise, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and skills needed for the world of work. I regularly deliver presentations to A Level students in Birmingham, highlighting the professional services careers available in the city and encouraging girls to consider careers in STEM.
Mr Daniel StoneTrust Appointed
Mr Daniel Stone
I studied at Hamstead Hall from Year 7 until the end of Sixth Form. After leaving the school in 2007, I went on to read Economics and Management at the University of Oxford. I also have a Masters from UCL in Educational Planning and Economics. I have led a number of national initiatives designed to help young people access top universities and gain employment with top employers in the UK. I am a founding Co-Chair of the Oxford Black Alumni Network and have worked across a range of educational topics from pastoral care and student welfare, to application preparation and institutional change. I currently work for the University of Birmingham and am proud to have the opportunity to serve my former school.
Mrs Claudine GordonParent Governor
Mrs Claudine Gordon
I have over 20 years' experience working as a social worker within Children's Services, safeguarding some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our city. I also serve in many roles in my local church serving the community and I was a parent governor at the nursery my children attended.
For me Every Child Matters is not just a passing cliche or corporate phrase that comes around every so often but every child does matter as their future is in our hands, so we should invest in every aspect of their lives. This underpins my philosophy in serving others and so I am a qualified Practice Educator, facilitating the learning and development of trainee social workers offering them practice opportunities in the work place via work experience.
Mr Chan NandhrayParent Governor
Mr Chan Nandhray
Working in Financial Services, in Senior Corporate and Retail Leadership Management roles, has given me the opportunity to gain experience across many different disciplines;
-Aligning budget to performance.
-Working to and identifying improvements on procedures and policies.
-Understanding, applying and improving compliance and operational requirements
-Supporting and managing individual deliverance against key performance indicators.
-Identifying Business Development and building Business Relationship growth opportunities.
I am also known to and have worked with the Academy for 5 years, delivering lessons to the students of all ages and abilities across Key Stages 3 and 4 at PSHE Days on Personal Financial Management. My sessions are designed to be both informative and interactive, providing students with the knowledge and understanding of banks, building societies, budgeting and getting value for money.
As a highly professional and confident communicator with an extremely high work ethic and great attention to detail combined with strong people and influencing skills - My passion to deliver outstanding operational outcomes and developing teams has led to recognition for my achievements through;
-Community Excellence Winner
-Excellence in Finance Winner 2016
I remain heavily involved in supporting many local and national charities including; Birmingham Childrenï¿½s Hospital, Macmillan Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation and Acorns Childrenï¿½s Hospice.
Mr Jon MortimerExecutive Principal
Mr Jon Mortimer
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.
Mr Sukhbir FararExecutive Principal
Mr Sukhbir Farar
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.
My particular areas of expertise are Human Resources, School Improvement and Self Evaluation. I have also been an Associate Headteacher in a number of underperforming schools, in Leeds and Birmingham and I have been an assessor for the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard on behalf of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. In 2013 I became an Ofsted Inspector and have carried out a number of school inspections over the last 5 years.
Neelum ChahalStaff Governor
I have over 15 years teaching experience as an ICT teacher and in addition to ICT, I have taught three other subjects at KS4/KS5 level. I have undertaken various roles including, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Head of Year, Teaching and Learning Champion and Deputy Head of Faculty. My experience has enabled me to gain a useful insight into both the pastoral and curriculum aspects within our school. In addition to the posts held, I am a volunteer on the behaviour team and I have worked with other colleagues to launch the Aspire programme, for our year 11 pupils.
manjit UppalStaff Governor
I have worked at Hamstead Hall Academy for over 15 years. I started as a Learning Mentor, then I became an Assistant Head of Year. For the past 7 years I have been a Head of Year and have recently been appointed as one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads. I have also worked with the Young People's Parliament, School Council and the lead for work experience at Hamstead Hall. During my time at the Academy I have gained many skills working alongside my colleagues on the Pastoral Team. In all my roles I have managed to build strong relationships with teaching staff and curriculum leaders to deliver the best support to our young people. I am currently part of the Behaviour and Wellbeing Teams.