Hi and welcome to the Governors section of the website.
We as a governing body think that is important for the parents/carers of VPJS to know who we are and what our actual role is within the school.
Detailed below are some explanations of who we are and what it is like being a governor.
What does being a Governor involve?
Firstly, it involves being a part of the school and VPJS is a welcoming, positive, outstanding school that it is a pleasure to be involved in.
The Governors meet twice a term as a full body to review progress, support and challenge the school as well as agreeing on priorities and strategic direction. There are also two sub-committees that look after Resources and Curriculum and Well Being. Governors sit on one of the committees. This is where we look at:
- Finances and Budgets for the school
- People and Staffing
- School Premises
- Development Plans for the children, the staff, the curriculum and the school
- Monitoring and Evaluation of the School and ensuring that we are always striving to improve.
Governors are also free to come into school and be a part of the school and donate as much of their free time as they want to, to being a part of the school:
- We have two Governor's afternoons each year, where we meet children and members of staff and work with classes.
- We are each part of a subject team where we hold subject leaders to account.
- Amongst the highlights are being invited to the many wonderful events that the school holds; Christmas Concerts, Arts Afternoons, School Plays, Carol Concert, Summer Fair, Arts and Literature, the list goes on.
Who am I?
Mr. Simon Howarth
My name is Simon Howarth and I have been involved with Victoria Park Junior School as Governor since January 2009. Both of my children have attended the school and I have enjoyed being involved with the school so much that I have stayed on now that they have left and have become the Chair of Governors.
I work for Lloyds Bank IT and am also involved with Friends of Stretford Public Hall. I am married with two children, I live in Stretford and outside of work I enjoy walking, reading, football and music.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, socialising, reading, walking, watching Football and being a Governor at Victoria Park Junior School.
I have been on the Governing Body at the school since 2009 when Aron was in Year 4 and for the last 4 years, I have been the Chair of the Resources Committee and this year became the Chair.
Mrs. Akilah Akinola
I am a governor who has had 2 children attend VPJS. I became a governor when my daughter was in year 4/5 (she is now 24). I am the lead governor for SEN and Equalities. In my working life I manage a charity which supports adults with a learning disability and/or mental health needs. I am now also a councillor in Trafford since May 2019.
Cllr. Tom Ross
I am a local councillor for Stretford and have been a governor at the school since 2012. I am the Chair of the Resources Committee and work full time managing the local Member of Parliament’s office. In my spare time I enjoy catching up with my friends and family, watching TV and helping out with Friends of Victoria Park.
Mr. John Muyita
My name is John Muyita and I live in Stretford, Manchester and am currently a parent with 2 children at Victoria Park Junior school (Year 4 and Year 6). I am a practicing Christian and an active member of “All Saints Church Stretford”.
I am also a Doctoral Scholar at Lancaster University, pursuing a PhD in Education and Social Justice and have background training in; Education, Social Sciences, Public Administration and Management.
As a new member of the Board of Governors (Parent Governor), I am very passionate about utilising my experience and skills in safeguarding our children, as well as supporting all initiatives upholding social justice within the school. I have found this as an opportunity not only to understand what goes on in this great school, but also to get involved and actively participate in supporting the activities of; the Board, Management and Staff as they contribute the best for our children and giving them every chance to succeed in their lives.
Having found Victoria Park Junior School already an outstanding school, I am committed to support the current strategic direction and helping the school to maintain its high standards and to always sustain its unique attraction.
Ms. Sarah Haughey
I am Sarah Haughey and am really pleased to be a Governor at VPJS. My daughter is in year four and is very happy at Victoria Park. As a family, we are very happy with the wide ranging experiences she is having (educational and otherwise). I wanted to become more involved with school to see what we can do to support this. I am a student at the moment and in my spare time I volunteer in various community and school based roles - I enjoy being part of FAF!, enjoy helping at events (both in and out of school) and I am pretty much always around. If you have an idea for something that you think might benefit VPJS and the children, come and say hello and we will find someone to help you.
Mrs. Karen Welsh
My name is Karen Welsh and I have recently been elected as a Parent Governor. I have two children - Grace is in Year 5 and Bonnie is in the nursery at the infant school. I have experience of working as a Teaching Assistant with children in Early Years and Key Stage One and am excited about learning all about Key Stage Two.
I am passionate about ensuring children feel happy, healthy and safe while they're at school and that all children have access to a rich and engaging curriculum. I'm really looking forward to working in my role as Parent Governor to help support this.
Ms. Nahida Fardous (Sonia)
I am Nahida Fardous also known as Sonia by many. I am pleased to be a co-opted governor at Victoria Park Junior School. My two boys Yusuf and Ismail love the school and have made some lovely friends for life.
As an individual, I am passionate about children's education and their welfare and I am really glad to be a part of the governing body team.
I have over ten years experience of working with children and families. As I am a good listener, I engage, support and assist many people from school and the local community.
It is important to me that children are given opportunities that help them strive to their best abilities in a safe and enjoyable environment.
I love a bit of fun, fitness, love and laughter.
Mrs. Hayley Ross
I am Hayley Ross and I have been a school governor since March 2020. I currently work as a Human Resource Advisor. I am really happy to be supporting a local school and it is great to be able to share my skills and experience to make a positive difference.
I have a son called Oliver and it is really important for me to play whatever role I can to make sure that he and others get the best out of their time at school. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going for walks.
Mrs. Kath Dyson
My name is Kath Dyson and I am a staff governor of Victoria Park Junior School. I have been working in the school office since 2016 and I really enjoy being part of the school family. As a governor, I feel that I can bring my insight as a parent and my skills and knowledge from working in the school day to day. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, travelling, and socialising with friends and family.