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 the School and Children’s Centre and my role in the centre 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 centre’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 - Co-opted Governor


Caroline Prior - Co-opted Governor