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Claire Geisler

Co-opted Governor, Student Leadership, Start Date: 2/12/2014, End of Term of Office: 1/12/2018

Key Skills Areas

  • School Improvement
  • Vision and strategic planning
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to analyse data
  • Ability to question and challenge
  • Performance Management

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By profession I am a teacher and have taught science for twelve years at secondary schools in both West and South Yorkshire. After completing my A-Levels at Huddersfield New College, I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated in 1996 with a BEd (Hons) and Qualified Teaching Status.

In 2004 I became Head of Science at a local secondary school and then in 2009 I joined the Local Authority as a National Strategy Consultant for Science.

My current position as a Kirklees Learning Partner within Kirklees Learning Service, has a strong commitment to school improvement across both Primary and Secondary schools. I have an excellent understanding of the Ofsted framework and regularly work with both secondary and primary schools to raise standards, strengthen leadership and management and improve the quality of teaching. 

I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing Body at Upper Batley High School in October 2014 as a co-opted governor. In March 2015 I was elected to chair the Strategy Committee and in June 2015 became the new Chair of Governors.

Other roles and interests

I am originally from Huddersfield but now live in Halifax. In my spare time I like to travel and experience different cultures. I enjoy going to the theatre and music concerts. I attempt to keep fit by frequenting the gym now and again and cycling when the weather is nice!

As the Chair of Governors for Upper Batley High School I will

Build a strong and visible working relationship with the headteacher that is based on trust and mutual respect and together with a cohesive team of highly skilled governors, work collaboratively with drive and determination to secure an outstanding education for tomorrows successful men.

Ensure that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for every single young man that is built on ambition and aspiration for all. A shared vision for the school which is clear, understood and well communicated to staff, parents and pupils. 

Lead a strong governing body that has a relentless focus on raising standards and promoting the personal development and well-being of all learners regardless of their individual starting point, both academically and personally

Develop a team of ambitious governors who are highly confident in providing high levels of professional challenge to hold the headteacher to account. All governors will have a clear understanding of the strategic priorities for the school and we will ensure that there are reliable and robust strategies in place for effectively monitoring and evaluating all elements of school improvement.

Expect all governors to uphold the governors code of conduct at all times within the community and to engage on a regular basis with parents, pupils and staff in order to take account of their views and use this to inform strategic priorities for development planning.

Geoff Alvy

Local Authority Governor, Humanities, Numeracy, Literacy & Careers,  Start Date: 18/4/2000, End of Term of Office: 17/11/2017

Key Skill Areas

  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Finance and Audit
  • HR
  • Facilities Management
  • Contract and Procurement
  • Local government and community

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I have served on the governing body for many years and was, until recently, chair of governors for 15 years.

I first joined the governing body in 1983 for four years as a parent governor when my son attended the school and subsequently re-joined when I became a local councillor in 2000. 

I am married with two children and three grandchildren and I have lived locally in Batley for over thirty five years. 

Before I retired I was a senior manager in a local FTSE 100 company where I specialised in contracts, HR, facilities management and project management.

As a councillor I was cabinet member for Children and Families which included education.

For ten years I was a non-executive vice-chair of West Yorkshire Probation where I chaired the Audit Committee.

I was a board member of Dewsbury College and subsequently Kirklees College where I am now Chair of the Corporation.

Other roles and interests

Singing, Keeping fit, Gardening, Grand children

By working with the other governors, the management of the school and other stakeholders to monitor performance and set strategy.

I will be a strong advocate and ambassador for the school in the community.

Moosa Gora

Co-opted Governor, Data, Start Date: 26/1/2009, End of Term of Office: 17/112017

Key Skills Areas

  • Management
  • Data analysis

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I have been a governor for a number of years; starting off as a parent governor and then staying on as a co-opted governor.  I currently have two boys at the school.

I have been working in the prison service for the past 22 years and have experience in the adult education sector. 

Other roles and interests

I firmly believe that the best way to increase the attainment levels of students is by improving management and teaching; this is where my interests lay.

The school is improving in both areas and this can be evidenced with  improving attainment levels across all year group.

The school management is cautiously aware of being complacent and will persist in taking this school to good and then outstanding in the coming years.

Alastair Megahy 

Community Governor, Pupil Premium, Special Needs, Start Date: 18/9/1988, End of Term of Office: 19/9/2016

Key Skills Areas

Chairing and contributing to the work of committees, good communicator (both a listener, verbally and in writing), able to build trusting relationships that allow for honest challenge, child centred perspective, solution focussed approach, skilled in questioning.

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I work for Kirklees Council in the role of Deputy Service Manager in the Education Welfare Service. I have worked in the local area for all of my working life and for 20 years specifically in the Batley area, having been associated with Upper Batley High School in its different guises since 1984.

I am married with a teenage son and daughter who attend local schools. I have been a governor continuously within Kirklees since 1983 in the primary, secondary and special school sectors and am presently also a governor at a local primary school.

I have a good working knowledge of schools and social care and am a social worker by training. I also have a degree in Public Administration along with a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Other roles and interests

In addition to school governorship I have performed a wide range of roles in the community. I have been a Vice Chairman of both a Hospital Trust and a Primary Care Trust. In both roles I chaired the respective audit committees and was intensively involved in mental health appeals, consultant appointments, complaints, procurement, employment appeals and numerous other areas. I received extensive training in all aspects.

The role of governor is about support and constructive challenge along with a commitment to getting the best deal for the students who are central to all we do. Establishing strong relationships based on mutual respect and with a strong sense of purpose is essential in any organisation if it is to thrive. This I believe underpins the philosophy of the governing body to which I fully subscribe and which is an essential prerequisite to raising standards.

In more specific terms and in the context of the above I sit on all the main committees. This provides the opportunity to question, challenge, hold to account and get alongside the main issues. I also visit school on a regular basis and speak directly with staff and students. Such visits are usually focussed on my specific areas of responsibility and centre around the progress that has been made to raise standards and performance.

Stephanie Roe

Co-opted, Business Studies and ICT, Health and Safety, Performance Management, Start Date: 18/11/2013, End of Term of Office: 17/11/2017

Key Skills Areas

Human Resources – (recruitment, disciplinary and grievance procedures, staff development) Health & Safety, Quality Systems and Environmental Issues

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I spent over 20 years as a Human Resources Manager for a number of small and medium sized companies managing recruitment, disciplinary and grievance processes and staff appraisal and training.  In the later years I also assumed responsibility for Health and Safety and Quality and Environmental Systems.  I successfully championed two companies to achieving Investor in People status.

Having gained a teaching qualification for further education, I have also lectured part-time at a local college as well as teaching English as a second language within the local community.

In the last few years I have qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor and have my own private practice within the Batley area.

Other roles and interests

President of Batley Gilbert & Sullivan Society and acting member for over 40 years.  In my spare time I make collector teddy bears.

Qualified Therapeutic Counsellor

I believe our role as Governors is to guide, monitor and support the leadership team by helping to set realistic but challenging targets to help raise the attainment of the boys and to ensure that we have the right quality of staff to achieve this.  We are the Head-teacher’s critical friend and by constantly monitoring the school’s policies and evaluating the progress against objectives, we can ensure that action that needs to be taken to keep the school on target is taken promptly.  The whole ethos of the school has changed over recent years and the boys are smart, well-behaved and excellent ambassadors and I am proud to be associated with the school and all it represents.

Ebrahim Ravat

Parent, Science, Start Date: 19/11/2013 , End of Term of Office: 18/11/2016

Key Skills Areas

  • Curriculum

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I was born and bred in Batley, and although I didn’t attend the School, I have had a long affiliation with School with many of my friends and family attending the School. I have a fantastic understanding of the Local area and the community. I have studied up to a graduate level.

Other roles and interests

I have over 17 years experience in Careers Guidance. I have a balanced and rounded view to most things, and I enjoy reading and spending time with family.

I have a good understanding and awareness of the Education system, and I will pursue relentlessly to improve all the 4 Key Ofsted areas of inspection. This will include monitoring closely performance and improvement plans.

A.Majeed Mayet

Parent Governor, Maths, Start Date: 19/11/2013, End of Term of Office: 18/11/2017

Key Skills Areas

  • Communication Skills.
  • Multi-Cultural sensitivity/awareness.
  • Inter-personal and Team work.

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My name is Majeed and it gives me great pride and privilege to be a parent governor at Upper Batley High School. The school has and will continue to have a special place in my heart.  As a previous student myself and now a parent governor, it now gives me the opportunity to have an active and important role as a voice of the parents.  I am currently also a governor at Field Lane JI&N Primary school for over 10 years and I have been the vice chair for over 6 years. The school is currently ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ Rated for the past 2 HMI visits.  I sincerely believe my good insight and previous experiences can be brought to Upper Batley High School, and of course continue the great improvements and changes for the betterment of the school that Ms Vickers, Staff and my fellow governors have already started.

I look forward to the wonderful future and the journey ahead.

Other roles and interests

I am currently working as a branch manager for Post Office Ltd in Huddersfield. I have been there for over 15 years and enjoy being front line and enjoy the challenges and excitement each day brings.

My other roles are ; I am also on the Mosque committee of Taylor Street Mosque. The area representative for IMWS (Batley) and also of course mentioned previously, a long standing member of Field Lane school’s governing body.

Shoeb Bismillah

Community Governor, Looked After Children, Safeguarding & Attendance English DT, Start Date : 18/11/2010, End of Term of Office: 17/11/2017

Key Skills Areas

  • Predominantly Safeguarding and recruitment/selection
  • networking and promoting the school within the local community

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I am currently a qualified Social Work Practitioner working within Child Protection and Looked After Children teams. I have worked in several Local Authorities Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale to name but a few. I completed my Diploma in Social Work, Diploma In Higher Education and my Degree in Professional Studies In Social Work in 1998 at Leeds University. I too was an 'old boy' of the then Batley Boys' High School having started in 1976 and left in 1982 having completed the 6th Having left school I went on to study Business Studies at Huddersfield Technical College and attained my Diploma.

In my spare time I enjoy long distance running, swimming, travelling and regularly keeping up to date with news and current affairs. I have always had a keen interest in my former secondary school and have acquired a sound historical knowledge from when it was first built to its current status. I regularly keep in touch with many ex teachers of the school including one Deputy Head who taught at the school from 1959 to 1979.

Other roles and interests

I actively work alongside other members of the local community who have prominent links with Law and Enforcement in ensuring community cohesion and better outcomes for young people and the community.

Being a Governor at UBHS I will actively continue to work with the Senior Leadership Team, Staff, Parents and Pupils to increase attainment levels. As a Governor whose focus is on Safeguarding I will continue to work with the Safeguarding Lead Teacher from the school to ensure that every child known to the care system reaches its full 'educational potential' in line with the five outcomes of 'Every Child Matters' which are: Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well-being.

Jenny Fox

Staff Governor, Start Date: 21/5/2010,  End of Term of Office: 9/1/2018

Key Skills Areas

I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the structure and operation of our school, as a Year Leader and Deputy Safeguarding Officer I have a wide range of strategies that support learners and their families whilst on their journey through education.

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I have worked at UBHS since 2001, during this time I have taken many roles as part of the associate staff team. I currently have the privileged position of Year 11 Leader. I am passionate about removing any barriers to learning to ensure that all learners are fully supported to enable them to fulfil their potential. I want to ensure that our learners aspire to being the very best they can be in all areas of their life and I absolutely love my job and playing my part in making this happen. I am currently the chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and  feel fortunate to be part of a very effective, dedicated and committed group of people on our Governing body and Staff team who are all determined that Upper Batley High School develops into a truly outstanding school for our learners, staff and community.

Other roles and interests

I grew up in local area and I am married with a 6 year old son. I also attended a local school and college. In my spare time I help support my son’s rugby team and enjoy walking and reading. Before becoming a member of the staff team at UBHS I was a manager for a high street retailer.

I feel privileged to be part of my local community and am passionate about increasing the aspirations of all our learners, ensuring they all have the skills they need to be responsible citizens once they leave. I love working at BBEC, there is such a caring ethos and I feel incredibly supported at all times. In return, I want to be the voice for the staff team on the Governing body, making sure that all decisions have the pupils and staff best interests at heart.

Haroon Aswat

Co opted Governor, Data,  Start Date: 18/11/201, End of Term of Office: 17/11/2017

Key Skills Areas

I have a good understanding & experience of being a governor. I understand the importance of strategic planning and sound financial oversight.  The success of the school lies in a good relationship between the school and the local community and ensuring the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team deliver the results.

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I am a member of the local community and reside in Batley. I studied in the field of Science at University and currently work as a Laboratory Manager. My interests and activities include keeping up to date with educational issues, politics, volunteering, gardening and running.

I am a former pupil of the school and understand the relationship and history between the local community and the school. I became a Governor to help support the school in ensuring that every young man who comes to the school is successful regardless of background and circumstance. I believe with staff, parent and community support, Upper Batley High School can become an ‘outstanding’ school, where pupils eagerly learn, develop and leave us well prepared for the next stage of their education, with lasting, happy memories of the years spent with us.