Meet Our Governors






Valerie Daniel - Head teacher


As head teacher of Washwood Heath Nursery School, my key priorities are to ensure that the children entrusted to our care are enjoying a comprehensive and stimulating curriculum. As a part of the governance of the school I am focused on school improvement and school effectiveness and continually building on our best. In the last ten years we have attained and maintained an outstanding Ofsted status and we hope with the support of our critical friends and rigorous governance, to continue to be an outstanding Nursery school.




Dr Islam Afzal - Co-opted Governor


I have extensive experience working with leaders and organisations, across public and private sectors, both in the UK and internationally, to bring about change.

I have previously held a number of executive level roles focusing on leading complex workforce and culture change. I am currently a clinical lecturer at Aston University in the School of Medicine.


My role as parent governor allows me to provide a challenging and community-based approach to Washwood Heath Nursery. I have served as a governor at another school in Birmingham and have experience in challenging key decisions being made at the executive level. I am open to listen to parental and staff concerns and raise such issues on their behalf. I currently serve on the general purposes and curriculum board to ensure the best strategies are adopted for the benefit of children, staff and the community.



John Ritson - Associate Governor


I am the Business Manager at Washwood Heath Nursery School and my role in the school is specifically to free up some of the head teacher’s time, ensure more efficient financial management, help put the school on firmer financial footing through long-term financial planning and working towards maximising the budget through other income sources. 'Part of my role is to help steer the school through the current financial challenges that we face following drastic reductions in our funding over the past couple of years. This will involve working with the Head Teacher, SLT and other staff to ensure that we are as lean as possible and that income is maximised across all areas, including maintaining high pupil numbers, without compromising the teaching & learning opportunities afforded to our children. I am a non-voting member of the governing body where I report on the school's  finances and other aspects of my role e.g. safeguarding and premises and facilities management.


Sanam Parveen - Staff Governor


I am a teacher at Washwood Heath Nursery School, my teaching career has given me more than 10 years’ experience of working within early years. I value the immeasurable impact of an outstanding early year’s education in facilitating children to build a secure foundation at an early stage.

As a staff governor I play a role in the governors’ curriculum committee, offering a unique insight that reflects on teaching and learning and promotes a link between practice and theory. I also have links with the local community and combined with the valuable insight to the school life as a governor, I can ensure approaches in supporting the community to prosper. I enjoy and thrive on the challenges that come with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education to ensure every child fulfils their potential whilst on their journey within our school.


Sadia Akhtar Associate Governor


I am the Nursery One Manager at Washwood Health Nursery School. Nursery One caters to children from 3 months to 5 years old, providing flexible provision throughout the year.

I have 10 years’ experience in Early Years Management, a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Professional Status, Driving growth and development in the Nursery is vital to provide high quality education for children. As a member of the Senior Leadership team, we work closely together as a team to further raise standards.

My role encompasses supporting teaching, learning and the wellbeing of children who attend the Nursery One. I also undertake the SENCO role and oversee the daily operations.

I have been an Associate Governor since 2013. As a member of the Governing Body, I enjoy contributing to the outstanding practice that Washwood Health Nursery delivers to the local community.





Jatinder Kaur Associate Governor


I am the Deputy head and SENCo at Washwood Heath Nursery School. I have been working in Early Years for over fifteen years. I am passionate about my role and strive to help nurture and develop the knowledge, abilities, and social skills of children in order to  give them the best possible start to their education.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, I am involved in the daily management and planning of the school, leading, monitoring and developing teaching and learning. 

Since starting at the school I have developed my role as Senco and work closely with parents, staff, pupils and other agencies to ensure they receive best possible outcomes whilst attending the setting and planning smooth transitions.

I am an associate governor on the FGB even though I am a non-voting member. My role includes giving feedback about SEND, pupil progress and achievement a being involved in the strategic management of the school.






Aaron Bradbury - Chair of Governors


I have been working in Early Years and Childhood since I left formal Education. I qualified as  Nursery Nurse completing my Btec National Diploma in Early Years and Education. I completed Higher Education and completed a teaching qualification and PGCE. Since graduating I have been heavily involved in the Early Years and I have worked in Early Years for the majority of my career. I have also taught in FE teaching Early Years and Care. I have been fortunate to work and lead a large team in Sure Start and Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities. I have also been a Children's Commissioner for Public Health and Social Care. My current role at Nottingham Trent Institute of Education is Principal Lecturer for Early Years and Childhood. As your Chair of Governors, my role is to work with the school community to reach its full potential. I am working hard to maintain the outstanding efforts of the current staff team and will continue to be the voice, challenge and work tirelessly for the children, staff and families at Washwood Heath Nursery School. 

If you wish to speak to me, the school office is your first port of call and they will pass on your details. 



 Caroline Prior - Co-opted Governor


Associate Professor Early Years Education and Senior Lecturer at University College Birmingham (UCB). Caroline is the Programme Lead for both the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitioner) and BA (Hons) Childhood and Education Studies (online) provision at UCB. A strong advocate for early childhood with a real passion and drive for securing better outcomes for both children and families. Member of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) Strategy Group.



Juls Davies - Co-opted Governor


Juliette, known as Juls, is an experienced Virtual PA/Admin working under the banner of Virtual Support UK Ltd. who specialises in working in the Early Years sector quite simply because of her love for it and also her admiration for the professionals who work with and care for children, in what she believes to be the most important area of education, being a child's most formative years.


Juls is the founder of EY Matters which she describes as her heart where she provides support to the Early Childhood sector where she can, hosting free online CPD, providing resources, articles, informative newsletters and the #BrewEdEYOnline and Early Childhood at the Heart conferences. Juls is quick to acknowledge the support of those working in the sector who also provide their services for EY Matters and support the many initiatives, events and resources she provides.


Her working life prior to founding Virtual Support UK Ltd was working in several blue chip companies, progressing from an Accounts Assistant to Section Supervisor, then working on the project to implement Chip & PIN in a national Fuel Retailer, before moving into Management and taking HR qualifications to support her team. Following redundancy, she then took up a position as an Executive Assistant to a serial entrepreneur and undertook the role of HR Manager in several of his companies.


On a personal level, she has a keen interest in communities and has held volunteer positions at several local schools in Harrow, listening to children read, supporting teachers in lessons and also been a part of the local Lions International group, holding the role of Secretary, Treasurer and President during her time of service.