Ann ParishChair of Governors
Hello, my name is Ann Parish and I joined Westfield Primary School Governing Board in November 2019, after retiring from a very rewarding, twenty five year teaching career.
I began my teaching career in Queens Park, working for thirteen years as a class teacher and then Deputy Headteacher at Queens Park Lower School. I ran the school football team there and then went on to form Q.P.Real Football Club. We joined the Bedfordshire junior football league and achieved great success!
I was the appointed to the post of Headteacher at Shackleton Primary School in Bedford and enjoyed twelve years working with the children, staff and school community there.
I have now returned to Queens Park joining the Westfield Primary School governing board in November 2019, becoming Chair of Governors in September this year.
I am passionate about education and the development of the whole child and believe children thrive in an environment where they feel happy, safe, valued and respected. I am committed to working hard in support of our Headteacher and her staff team in order to provide the best learning journey for all our children.
I have two children of my own and six grandchildren, who are all unique in their own way and I love spending time with them. It's such a pleasure watching them as they learn and develop.
In my spare time I like going to the theatre, reading - especially anything historical and football. I am a lifelong Liverpool FC supporter!
I look forward to meeting you at Westfield Primary School and working together with you in the future.
Cathy FriendVice Chair of Governor
I have been a Governor at Westfield school for 14 years and joined the Local Authority's Governor Steering Group soon after it was formed. I have also been a Governor at Queens Park Academy and Biddenham Upper School, the interim Governing Body for Lakeview at Wixhams and on the IEB and Governing Body at Kymbrook and Thurleigh. My three children have all gone through the Bedford Education system. I work within the IT department at St Johns Special School, part of a Multi Academy Trust. When I'm not dealing with educational matters I enjoy singing and knitting and my husband and I are members of the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
Graham ColeAuthority Governor
I joined the Governing Body in June 2019. I have been a governor of another primary school in North Bedfordshire for over 21 years and I hope that my experience can be of benefit to Westfield as it strives to build upon its strengths and raise standards. I have been involved in child protection legal work for most of my working life and as a governor; I have focused on safeguarding and special needs. I am very committed to improving educational provision and ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Alan NeateAssociate Governor
My experience at Westfield extends back over 25 Years. I chose to become a Governor here on the recommendation of people who recognised the Importance of Westfield School in Queens Park and the opportunities that it developed for the children, their futures to the benefit of them their families the local and wider community. I recognise this ongoing status that the school enjoys because of the dedication of its staff and commend the 'Westfield way' and this school community to you.
Each child is at the centre of Westfield and their safety, enjoyment and wellbeing is paramount to their Education and achievement for all. My life is richer for playing a small part in their school journey and the life of the School. I have held many roles on the Governing Board and I am committed to keeping up with current policy and best practice in Education.
I trained as a Nurse and worked in the NHS for ten years prior to moving to Bedford to become a Registered Care Manager. I worked in this capacity in the Charity Sector for almost 30 Years and continue to work as a carer, something that enables me to have some understanding of the different needs that people have. I am a Trustee/Director of a local Charity that develops employment, educational and recreational opportunities for Adults who have Learning Disabilities.
I sought to develop my experience of Education when my Children were at School and this interest continues as a Grand Parent.
Wyn MorganCo-opted Governor
I moved to Bedfordshire in 1972 to begin a career in teaching. I taught in a number of schools before eventually becoming a headteacher in the south of the county. I then worked as a consultant visiting schools, organising conferences and training events while also undertaking research that led to being awarded a doctorate in Education About ten years ago I was invited to become a governor at Westfield School. I am pleased to have been given an opportunity to be involved in the development of the school and seeing the huge range of activities and learning experiences that the school has to offer the children.
I am passionate about education and learning and feel strongly that it is a life long process. Learning should be and enjoyable process, the seeds of which are planted both at school and in the home, with parents and teachers encouraging and supporting the children to achieve their potential.
Eve MichaelidesStaff Governor
I began working at Westfield as a Learning Support Assistant in 2018. Throughout my first year here, I was able to work with all year groups, experiencing a variety of teaching styles and classroom environments. I have built up a range of different skills throughout my degree to enable me to work closely with not only students who need additional support, but every child in the classroom. I am new to the Westfield governing body after being invited to join in September 2019 and am looking forward to the year ahead.
Andrew JacksonStaff Governor
I began working at Westfield School in 2016 and have loved every second of it. I have had various leadership roles within the school, including looking after Computing, Science and Maths. I have worked with a range of children within Key Stage 2 and love the diversity and culture that the school has. I joined the governing body in November 2019 in order to have a further impact within the school. I am passionate about education and excited about being part of the governing body.
Shazia HussainParent Governor
My name is Shazia Hussain and I am newly appointed parent governor at Westfield School. I have more than 13 years of experience in the Education sector and worked with children from nursery to year 5. I am passionate about improving the life chances and aspirations of children as they leave primary school. I aim to support the school and staff to improve further and continue to deliver high standards of teaching and learning to help prepare our youngsters for a rewarding and fulfilling path ahead. As a parent governor I feel I can contribute in a positive way to key decisions and discussions. I am very much looking forward to developing my understanding of the role. Outside of school life, my time is filled with my two young daughters one of which attends Westfield. She is very settled and happy in her class and is doing really well in her learning.
Naz SarwarParent Governor
Anna WilkinsonAssociate Governor
I have worked as a professional Clerk supporting schools in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire for over 10 years. I have supported a number of governing bodies who have transitioned to two tier changes locally as well as working with both local authority maintained schools and academies. I also have over 10 years' experience working in Local Government and am a qualified accountant.