Board of Governors
At Barnet Hill Academy, we are delighted to have an incredibly strong Board of Governors. This includes governors with decades of educational experience in senior education as well as other senior professional and community roles. The Board also includes members with a great deal of experience in school governance: the spiritual knowledge and experience of the members of our Governance Board is strongly evident. As the school grows, we aim to continue to develop our Governance capacity at the school as well as the governors' welcome engagement with parents, the local community and beyond.
The Governing Body at Barnet Hill Academy is made up of a team of committed staff, parents and members of the local community who have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core functions of:
Ensuring a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction are in place,
holding the SLT to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is well spent.
The Acting Headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school and the role of the Board of Governors is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the Acting Headteacher and other staff.
The full Governing Body meets half-termly and there are also sub-committees that each meet termly.
Finance: Which focuses on personnel matters, and the finance of the school.
Education: Which focuses on changes and the implementation of the curriculum, setting standards and monitoring attainment and progress of our pupils.
Premises: Which focuses on building and the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the school.
Safeguarding: Which focuses on safeguarding across the school community.
Health & Safety: Which focuses on health and safety matters of the school.
|Chair of Governors - Amreena Husain
|I am a parent Governor at Barnet Hill Academy with three children attending, I have a depth of Governance experience having been a governor for almost twenty years across a range of primary and secondary schools in Barnet and have also served as Vice-Chair of Barnet's Standing Committee for Religious Education (SACRE). I work extensively on behalf of the local community which involves working with the local mosques and Islamic Centres in Barnet to provide education for reverts who accept Islam and I have also served as a Principal of the Madrasah at Islamic Centre Edgware (ICE). During my community service I have supported and delivered many community projects within the wider community for or in partnership with the Local Authority including for children with Special Needs and Barnet Voluntary Youth and Community Service.
I'm truly delighted to be fully supportive of the renewed vision and transformation being undertaken at Barnet Hill Academy presently.
|Governor - Executive Headteacher - Alimuddin Shaikh
|I joined the school in Autumn 2017 under its previous guise, as a community school, and led the transition to reestablish the school under its current banner as Barnet Hill Academy. Alongside my present role as Principal, I continue providing support and sharing my expertise with schools both locally and internationally. Currently, I am also serving as Executive Headteacher of a newly opened Islamic faith school in West London and am further engaged on a large master planning project for an ambitious educational community initiative in Nigeria. Whilst, more locally, my key focus remains leading Barnet Hill Academy through an extensive school transformation programme with a sharper focus on raising standards and levels of attainment for all of our wonderful students at the Academy.
|Governor - Headteacher - Shuayb Patel
|I graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK; the Institute of Islamic Education, where I studied Islamic sciences, upon graduating I embarked on a year-long tour, where I engaged extensively in da'wah work with a wide range of communities. I've been the Imām at Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre since January 2009. At BHA I helped lay the foundations of a reflective pastoral structure, where pupils are encouraged to reflect on character and take responsibility for their actions and I continue to lead on this in my revised capacity alongside my Headship role. I completed my National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) in 2022.
|Staff Governor - Moni Choudhury
|My Early Years Level 3 qualification and vast experience has greatly assisted my ability to make a difference in the learning environment. As an EY Practitioner and governor of BHA, working with young children over the course of four years has enabled me to better understand children's needs and make a positive impact upon their learning. I have had children at the Academy for many years, under its previous guise and presently also and have seen the recent transformations both as a practitioner and as a parent and am thrilled to be a part of the new vision at the Academy.
|Community Governor - Mansur Ahmed
|I have had the opportunity to serve the Muslim community for the past 15 years as a trustee of the Islamic Association of North London, and Enfield Town Islamic Centre where I currently serve as the chairman. My profession is a consultant within the mobile telecoms sector, but my passion for community development work has led me to work with various Islamic organisations over the years. My particular interest in community work is in the strategic Islamic infrastructure development for future Muslim generations. Being part of the North London Council of Mosques has allowed me to work with Muslim leaders from the North London community. As a parent of four children who have attended BHA, I'm keen to support BHA with its vision to transform and develop into a flourishing Islamic school.
|Parent Governor -Noura Abdul-Cader
|'I am a parent Governor at Barnet Hill Academy, with one child currently attending the school. I am also on the school's PTFA Committee and am an enthusiastic reading volunteer at the school. I am a qualified solicitor by profession, however I currently work in an administrative capacity at a large supplementary Islamic Saturday school in North West London, where I am also a Safeguarding Lead. I enjoy being involved in community projects and am on the committee of my local residents' association and volunteer with a local food bank. I am dedicated to supporting Muslim youth to thrive and excel in all environments and, accordingly, I have mentored young Muslim people and am an Assistant Leader in my local Muslim scouting group. I am immensely proud of what Barnet Hill Academy has achieved for its students in recent years. I am a keen supporter of the school's ethos and vision and am committed to contributing my skill set towards allowing the school to improve and excel in its endeavours.'
|Parent Governor - Arslan Khan
|I am a parent governor at Barnet Hill Academy, with two children attending the school. I am a qualified secondary school teacher and have been teaching since 2005. I am currently leading the Global Technology faculty in an inner London school and have vast experience of working with children from diverse backgrounds. I believe that as educators, we must have high aspirations for all students and enjoy making a difference to the lives of young people. I have worked in three inner London schools situated in different parts of the city and have had the opportunity to work with parents, carers and other professionals to support students with their academic achievement and well-being. I am very impressed with the hard work and dedication of the staff at Barnet Hill Academy who continuously strive hard to enable our students to have a unique and memorable learning experience. I am honoured to be on the governing board for BHA and am passionate about working together to continue transforming the school. With collaboration, we can achieve something special for our community.
|Community Governor - Sajeda Afzal
|I am a Community Governor. Professionally I work as a Senior Project Manager within Cyber Digital Solutions for a global technology company. My years of experience as an Avionics engineer and in technical leadership roles allowed me to participate in initiatives that encourage children towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). I would like to continue that encouragement with the children of Barnet Hill Academy and support setting high aspirations. Being a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, I am well-versed in working within Professional codes of conduct. I will apply this ethos in my role as Governor to raise the bar on standards and performance at Barnet Hill Academy helping it to achieve its vision of excellence. As a parent myself, I believe the best educational environment where children are provided the foundation to succeed and reach their potential, is where a strong school community exists amongst all stakeholders. I am pleased to have been welcomed into the Barnet Hill Academy community and look forward to sharing my skills and experiences to support the school in achieving its growth ambitions.
|Community Governor - Sikander Rauf
Health & Safety Committee
|Having attended The King Fahad Academy, I went on to study Business and Management at the University of Buckingham. My professional background is in business with over 25 years experience in industries including clothing, shipping, commodities and property both in the UK and the U.A.E. Over the last 16 years I have been a Director leading these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. More recently I have had the opportunity to be working with vulnerable children and young adults who were looked after by Local Authorities. This involved accommodating and supporting them to overcome their challenges and help develop their life skills to become fully independent. Working with Local Authorities also required having to meet high levels of compliance and regulation standards which we achieved. I hope to be able to share my skills and experience in building upon the great work that has already been accomplished by Barnet Hill Academy. I am confident the school will continue to be a success for the students and local community for the years to come.
|Community Governor - Danish Ansari
|Having Graduated with a Master’s in business administration, I have experience of working in the Corporate sector at a senior management level delivering growth and stability and also with Startups and turning them into successful business ventures. My experience of working with both Micro and Macro level enterprises has given me a keen insight into the challenges these businessess face and the ability to trouble shoot at both levels. I have also been associated with various community-based projects having mentored prisoners at HMP Wormwoods Scrubs as part of the Chaplaincy Mentoring Scheme - Part of the group that set up the Youth Club being run at Barnet Hill Academy in collaboration with Hendon Masjid. I was also actively involved in the Inception, fundraising and purchasing of Islamic Centre Colindale. I am grateful and honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of Barnet Hill Academy and hope to give it my best, both in terms of time and ability.