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Mrs Sara Burroughs – Chair of Governors/Community Governor (ATT Appointed Member).

Safeguarding / Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Groups Link Governor

I have been an active member of Bristnall Hall Academy for a number of years and recently had the privilege of being appointed Chair of Governors. I am very fortunate to work with fantastic staff, students, parents and fellow Governors and aim to continue to develop and improve opportunities and experiences for us all to achieve our potential goals and aspirations.

I currently work in a Birmingham Secondary school and hope to use my knowledge, skills and educational experience to support Bristnall Hall Academy and our Trust in our pursuit of continued improvement.

I trust my experience, enthusiasm and commitment to education and learning will help all our children and staff succeed whilst also making a positive contribution to our local community.

Mr David Hubbard – Vice Chair / Community Governor (ATT Appointed Member)

Behaviour and Attitudes/ Personal Development Marketing and Community / Careers Link Governor

I was appointed as a Governor in early 2013 and I am currently the Vice Chair of the Local Academy 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 ‘OVER THE ROAD’ 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.

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 Carolyn Atkinson – Community Governor (ATT Appointed Member)

Quality of Education Link Governor

I have been a member of the Bristnall Hall governing body for a number of years, initially as a parent governor, when my daughter was a student here, then as a community governor. Prior to this I was on the governing body of Moat Farm Junior School nearby. I live and work in Sandwell and have over twenty-five years experience in employment advice and guidance. I have seen Bristnall Hall Academy go from strength to strength in recent years and I aim to continue working with the Principal, the Trust, fellow governors and staff to ensure the Academy continues to offer its students every opportunity to become happy, confident and successful individuals. In my spare time, I enjoy eating out and trips to the theatre and cinema.

Mandeep Kaur – Non–Teaching Staff Governor (academy appointed member)

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.

Sally Hollywood – Parent Governor

SEND Link Governor

I am currently co- Chair of Sandwell Parent Voice which is the official parent/carer forum for Sandwell residents providing support meetings and workshops to parents with children and young people with special education needs and disabilities. I have spent the vast majority of my working career within the legal profession specialising in litigation and regulatory law. I was also a parent representative for 4 years at a local junior school assisting them to attain various school quality awards. I am very excited and proud to be joining BHA as a Parent Governor and hope to bring both my parenting and professional experience together with lots of dedication and enthusiasm to positively contribute to the role. I love our local community being third family generation locally and I am passionate about education. I believe everyone no matter what their ability should have every opportunity to reach their full potential via education and in particular I am an advocate for special education needs and disabilities. In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, reading and the theatre.

Jaz Gakhal – Community Governor (ATT Appointed Member)

I have devoted my professional life to education and as such I was a HoD for 4 years and now I am the 6th Form Manager within a Secondary School in Inner City Birmingham which falls within the highest index of social deprivation. I have a PGCE in Education and I am studying a Leadership Education Management Programme. Being a Governor takes spirit and determination and a firm belief that every person at every level can make a valued contribution. I am motivated to ensure that every child at Bristnall Hall Academy has the opportunity and safe environment to thrive and succeed in reaching their full potential. All learners have the right to access a balanced and inclusive curriculum in a setting which encourages growth and learners should leave the Academy as well rounded citizens who provide a positive contribution towards their society. The Academy is close to where I was raised so I understand the challenges pupils face here. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to support the Academy, with the passion of being a parent myself coupled with the genuine insight of a dedicated professional educator, I am enthusiastic and driven to support the Academy to achieve its goals and improve the life chances of pupils at Bristnall Hall Academy.

Ricky Byrnes – Parent Governor

 Mental Health Link Governor

I am pleased to be able to have the opportunity to become a Governor at BHA as I believe our children’s growth and development within a secondary school setting is essential to the rest of their lives and key to them becoming happy and well-rounded adults, with the very best opportunities in life being made available to them. And I believe my skills and experience can help to support this further. I am an ex pupil of the school and live within the local community, I’m passionate about how BHS links to its community and continues to be integral to the growth and development of the local and wider community. I have worked within Sandwell for over 25 years within several different health improvement settings. This has included positions within the PCT, NHS, Commissioned Services and on to my current role within Public Health (SMBC). I have worked within several areas including weight management, physical activity, health improvement, health training, rehabilitation, sexual health and community development. I am currently the Physical Activity Project Manager for Sandwell which requires me to directly fund and project manage a range of physical activity interventions across the borough and across the age range. I also manage the Public Health Development Officer Team, who are responsible for linking and developing Public Health and Public Health England projects and priorities within Sandwell and within all areas such as schools, communities, workplaces and primary care. My aim as Governor will be to support the school, its staff and our pupils in any way I can, and to help the school to continue to strive to be the best it can, and for the young people attending the school to also strive to be the very best they can be.