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Queens Park Academy

An adventure in learning together



What we do

As a Governing Body we are expected to have a strong focus on four core responsibilities:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision
  • To be a critical friend. We offer support, constructive advice, a sounding board for ideas, a second opinion on proposals and help where needed.  But we also challenge, ask questions, seek information, improve proposals and seek to arrive at the best solution for all concerned.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  • To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of the education it provides. 



Our Governing Board members are as follows:

Rob Robson - Chair 

Daniel Workman - Vice Chair/Early Years 

Rubina Shaikh - Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

Nesreen Akhtar - Safeguarding/looked after children

Jenny Yildiz - Pupil Premium 

Anna Thwaites

Emma Bolton

Majid Shabir

Uzma Ayub 

Tom Burrin

Toqeer Masud

Anthony Walsh 

Eric Masih

The Full Governing Body meets termly and its members also sit on the following committees. For a more comprehensive list of roles and responsibilities please click here.

Pay and Personnel - Jenny Yildiz (Chair), Daniel Workman, Anthony Walsh, Anna Thwaites, Toqeer Masud

Click here for the Terms of Reference (TOR) 

Learning and Teaching - Rob Robson (Chair), Emma Bolton, Anna Thwaites, Rubina Shaikh, Tom Burrin, Uzma Ayub, Nesreen Akhtar

Click here for the Terms of Reference (TOR) 

Business and Finance - Majid Shabir, Daniel Workman, Stuart Evans, Toqeer Masud, Eric Masih, Tom Burrin

Click here for the Terms of Reference (TOR) 


How to become a Governor

Should you be interested in becoming a Governor or wish to learn more about the Governing body please do not hesitate to contact the office.

To find out more about the Governors at Queens Park Academy see further information below. 


Daniel Workman

I've been a Community Governor at QPA for around two years. I'm Vice Chair of the Board and also take the lead for the Board with our Early Years / Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision.  I have spent my whole career working in Central Government including several years living overseas.  I volunteer as a Governor because I'm deeply committed to the idea that the creation of an outstanding learning experience is one of the most important ways to enhance the future of all QPA's children.  I live in Bedford with my wife, son (4) and daughter (1).

Emma Bolton

I have worked at Queens Park Academy for a number of years and in a number of different roles. I decided to apply for the role of teacher governor to widen my understanding of school leadership and governance. I believe Queens Park is a very special place and serves a unique and diverse community. I hope that my work, both on and off the governing board, ensures that the children develop a deep rooted love of learning as well as other life long skills. I hope to ensure the children's experiences are first class and they have exciting and interesting opportunities which support their learning.

Rubina Shaikh

I have a passion for Education and enjoy being active in the community. Given that the school plays such a central role within our community, I put myself forward for a governor position having completed the Higher Diploma in IT and the community leadership management program in 2008. I believe that I have experience that will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future.

I was appointed a public governor to NHS East London Foundation Trust in December 2015 and am now a vice chair of the communications and engagement committee, member of Patient Participation committee and a member of the SACRE committee of Bedford Borough Council.

Over the past year I have contributed to East London Foundation Trust’s mental health policy and strategy, including promoting “Break the stigma” campaign and being an ambassador for the domestic violence. Previously, I have worked as a health and well-being professional working with people who have physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

As a SEN Governor working closely with the school SENCO, I make sure that the school’s SEN policy acknowledges the needs of the looked after children amongst all my other duties of being the SEN Governor including removing barriers to achievement.