Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

The Governors of Bristnall Hall Academy

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Click Here to see the Academy Transformation Trust Scheme of Delegation, please refer to sections 10 and 11 of the Local Governing Body Terms of Reference


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Mrs Sara Burroughs – Chair of Governors. Achievement and Pupil Premium Link, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Sub-committee.


I am an active member of Bristnall Hall Academy. I am a Parent Council member, Parent Governor and Chair of Resources and Community committee. I work for Birmingham City Council and during the past 15 years my role has been in Corporate Human Resources Learning and Development.

I enjoy watching football, especially non-league levels, walking and reading.

I hope my experience, enthusiasm and commitment to helping people fulfil their potential adds a valuable contribution to Bristnall Hall.”


Dr Saleem Ahmad – Literacy and Numeracy Governor, Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee


“I have been a Governor for the last 30 years and was appointed last year as Community Governor. I have a degree in Engineering as well as a Ph.D and worked for GKN with responsibility for Research and Development. My two sons were both at Bristnall Hall, they went on to University, and now one is a medical Consultant, the other an electrical & electronics engineer.

I enjoy walking, gardening and promoting charitable work. I am also passionate about education. I hope my academic and industrial experience will be beneficial for the welfare of both pupils and staff and for the continuous improvement of the College.”

Mrs Caroline Atkinson – Teaching, Learning and Assessment Link Governor, Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee.

“I have a degree in history from the University of Leeds and have worked for the last 19 years as an employment adviser in Sandwell.

I enjoy the cinema, the theatre, eating out and walking my retired racing greyhound (whilst trying to avoid the local cats!!)

I am one of the more recent additions to the Governing Body, having joined in May, and I hope to help the school build on its existing achievements. I have been a parent governor, then community governor, at Moat Farm Junior School for the last 5 years and hope the experience gained in these roles will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the Bristnall Hall Governing Body.”

Mr David Hubbard – Career and Enterprise Governor, Chair of Extended Services and Community Committee, Marketing and Recruitment Governor, Member Finance and General Purposes Committee


“I was appointed as a Governor in early 2013 and I am currently a member of the ‘Extended Services Committee’.

My relationship with Bristnall Hall started back in 1965 as an 11 year old pupil of what was then known as Bristnall Hall Boys School. I was born (literally) and raised in Pinkney Place, and I am therefore a ‘local lad’ and very proud of my Black Country roots. I spent five very enjoyable years at BHBS and truly believe that my time there moulded my future in all so many ways.

Time has come for me to try and ‘put something back’ into Bristnall Hall and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to do so. As an ‘old boy’ of the school, I promise to take my responsibilities seriously.”



Mr Ian Cleland – Trust Governor



Ian is an experienced Governor and has been on Bristnall Hall Governing Body since it became an academy in autumn 2012.  Previously he has been on the governing body of a number of academies as Chair of Governors and has just completed a spell as Chair of Governors at The Trusts Mark Hall Academy.  Ian has been a Chief Inspector of Schools and the Chief Executive of two academy chains including Academy Transformation Trust.

Ian is particularly interested in all aspect of school improvement and the links between academies and their community including the business community.  As  Chief Inspector he led the professional strategy that moved his Local Authority into the group of top performing Local Authorities. Previously he led the Education Strategy for Walsall New Deal for Communities and was National Vice Chair for the Schools Curriculum Industry Partnership and Chairman for the Midland region.


Mr Gary Whall – Teaching Staff Governor, Member Finance and General Purposes Committee, Member Curriculum and Standards Committee


I have been a teacher at Bristnall Hall for 35 years and served on the Governing body for more than 20 years as a Staff Governor. My position in the Academy is Director of Inclusion which sees my dealing with Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding.  I started at Bristnall Hall in 1979 as a teacher of PE and Mathematics before moving into Pastoral Care and then SEN.

I have a strong athletics background, both competing and organising and am a keen follower of West Bromwich Albion.


Mandeep Kaur – Non – Teaching  Staff Governor, Member Extended School and Community Services Committee

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I am currently the LRCC Manager at the academy and have been part of the Bristnall Hall Academy community for the past ten years.  I am also an active member of the LPPA (parent partnership group) at the academy.

Pre – Bristnall, I gained a wealth of experience and knowledge during my working life in the retail and manufacturing industry, which has equipped me with astute networking skills.  I hope my life experiences will be of benevolence to the staff and students of Bristnall Hall Academy.  I believe all at Bristnall should have the opportunity to succeed and fulfil their potential irrespective of their needs or backgrounds.



Marie Wade – Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Link Governor, Member Finance and General Purposes Committee.


This is my second term of office as a school governor. I was a governor when my daughter attended the school and again when my son attended. Both children loved being at Bristnall Hall, and both achieved great success. They have since gone on to develop their careers and further education. I, myself, am also a previous pupil, and have always had fondness for Bristnall Hall and truly believe that it is a good school. After some years in nursing, I am now a personal carer for people with disabilities. I am also very interested in holistic therapies, in particular, reflexology, in which I have recently become a qualified practitioner.


Chris Hunt – Improvement Director Member Curriculum and Standards Committee


Chris is an educational consultant with 19 years experience as a secondary head in two different schools – Brownhills in Walsall and Finham Park in Coventry. He now works in school improvement across four local authorities in eight schools and has been improvement director at Bristnall Hall for the last two years. After leaving headship he was a senior officer with Coventry LA for for some years before undertaking a range of school improvement work in a variety of contexts. Chris finds this work very rewarding. He lives at Hednesford in Staffordshire and is married with four grown up children. His hobbies include listening to classical music and watching Leicester play rugby

Jessica Langston – Safeguarding Governor, SEND Governor, Member Curriculum and Standards Committee


I’m a qualified social worker with over 13 years’ experience working in children and families teams across the West Midlands and am currently studying for my PhD in social work at The University of Birmingham.  An underachiever and late bloomer in education myself, I am passionate about encouraging and supporting children to achieve their potential and thinking about creative ways to do that.

I joined the governing body here at Bristnall after my son started in Year 7.  Having previously had a poor experience within the primary system I was encouraged by the ethos and approach taken at Bristnall Hall and am honoured to now be a part of that team.  As the parent of two children, both with additional needs, I am keen to bring that perspective to my role as parent governor along with the skills from my professional experience.

I don’t have much spare time for hobbies however I do enjoy daily walks with our Labrador Brian and can occasionally be found doing DIY (very badly).


Please note currently none of our governors are related to any staff members working at the academy.



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