I am a qualified teacher with an Honours and Masters degree in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers. On leaving teaching I worked for a worldwide project management consultancy, forming their education team.
I spent two years with a law firm as an Academy Advisor. Four years ago I set up my own consultancy.
In my spare time, I am a trustee at the Henley Heritage Centre, a member of Henley Tennis club and a sides man at the local church.
I have been a governor at the school for 23 years and chair for 7 years.
I have been a Governor at this school since 1992, a year after my family and I moved to Henley-in-Arden and both my children attended this school. During that time I was Treasurer of the PTA and as a Governor have held various positions including responsibilities for training and Special Educational Needs. I have held the posts of Chair of Governors, Vice Chair and am currently Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee. As you can imagine after almost 25 years I have seen many changes in the school but what has remained constant is the care and commitment of staff and all those connected with school for all our children, their education and well-being.
I have been a parent governor since 2015, and have two children currently at the school, Molly in Year 5 and Seth in Year 4. I work as a designer as part of Warwick University’s marketing group and run my own design business. I am part of the school’s Reading Army and really enjoy going into Year One each week to listen to the children read. I am also a Trustee and Secretary of Own Books, a small local charity that recycles books free of charge to children through schools and libraries. I am an active member of the PTA and have helped to organise and run a number of events, along with applying for and winning grants help raise funds. Outside school I’m a Beaver and Scout leader at the 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Troop.
Parent Governor Standards Committee (Chair)
I have been a governor at Henley Primary since 2007 when my daughter was a pupil at the school. I chair the Standards Committee whose responsibilities include monitoring the achievement and progress of pupils. In addition I work full time as an Assistant Headteacher in a large secondary school in Birmingham.
Rev. John Ganjavi
I have been Rector of Henley in Arden since September 1989. All three of my children attended our local Primary School. I am delighted to serve as a permanent member of the Board of Governors. As you can imagine, I have a particular responsibility to promote the Christian ethos of our Church School and to further develop the links between our school and our parish church.
Clerk to the Governors
I work as a consultant to businesses in the postal industry (letters and parcels). I live in Barford and have four children at primary school (Wellesbourne), high school (Stratford) and college (Warwickshire College). I’ve been Clerk at Henley Primary since May 2016 (and I’m also Clerk at Henley School, since December 2014).
Vice Chair to the Governing Body Finance & Personnel Committee Standards Committee
Having five children, who have gone through the school, and being a self-employed barrister, my spare time is limited, however I enjoy music and live sound engineering, as well as holidays on canal boats.
Child Protection Officer Church and Community Committee
I have been a parent governor since 2015 and have lived in Henley since 2004. I have two step children that attended the school and currently a daughter in year 5. I am the Vice Principal for Safeguarding & Pastoral Care at a College in Coventry and have worked in education for over 20 years. I am the nominated governor for Safeguarding/Prevent & SEND at the school.
I have worked as a teacher in inner-city schools for almost forty years. During that time I have been lucky enough to be promoted many times leading to my first substantive headship in 2001, after two acting headships on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority. Working as an Ofsted Additional Inspector allowed me first-hand experience of the school inspection process and I have also undertaken many Pupil Premium and Governance reviews. My work as part of one of the NCTL Fellowship programmes was in fact around governance. I was also awarded the TES Head teacher of the Year in July 2013 and have continued to work tirelessly to raise standards in schools across the West Midlands and, since retirement, across the country as a leadership advisor.
I was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours for services to Education.