The National Governors’ Association has for a number of years recommended that governing bodies adopt a code of practice which sets out the purpose of the governing body and describes the appropriate relationship between individual governors, the whole governing body and the leadership team of the school.

Rizwan Rehman

Chair of Governors

Rizwan is a Senior government officer with 25 years of leadership and management experience, graduating with MSc Diversity Management from University of Bradford.

Rizwan has had a diverse career path working across a broad spectrum of fields, including working in partnership with public, private and voluntary sectors. Many of the roles have involved significant responsibility for change management. He possess financial and project management and has managed multi-million pound projects including working on an local, regional, national and international level.

Currently, he is employed as Lead Officer Partnership and Programmes with the Education, Employment and Skills Department within Children Service. He is a solution focused individual and seeks innovative approaches to complex challenges. He is also a HR Professional with the Institute of Personnel Development and has experience of case management, reconciliation and mediation.

Rizwan has served as an Interim Executive Board member on a number Governing bodies, is also Chair of Governors of a primary school as well as Director Minhaj Education Trust. His responsibilities at Grove House include monitoring leaders’ actions around Pupil Premium funding and the impact this has for children.

Lynette Clapham

Interim Executive Head Teacher Governor

Lynette is Interim Executive Headteacher of Grove House Primary. She is responsible for the strategic and leadership development of the school.

After working in household insurance for four years, Lynette attended Leeds Trinity University where she completed a BA (Hons) with QTS in Primary Education and History. She has experience of teaching in all year groups during her career but feels she really learnt her craft in upper key stage 2. Lynette is a Specialist Leader in Education for Assessment and the Coaching of Teaching and Learning. Until recently, she was the lead Key Stage One Moderator for the Local Authority.

Committed to continuing her professional development, Lynette completed her National Professional Qualification in Headship in 2014 and is currently working towards her National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership.

Lynette is committed and determined to making every single day count for the pupils and staff of the school community.

Alex Summerscales

Interim Head of School Staff Governor

Alex Summerscales has been an Interim Head of School at Grove House since September 2020. She has over 22 years’ experience working in Bradford schools across the primary phase. She has a keen interest in the teaching and learning of reading and in the wellbeing of pupils and staff supporting them in as they learn and grow together.

In 2019 Alex was successfully appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education through the Shanidar Teaching School Alliance and a moderator for the Local Authority for key stage 1. She is passionate about providing high quality, welcoming and inspiring environments and creating Educational experiences that make learning irresistible to all children.

As staff governor, she will work with governors to making strategic decisions around the next steps of the schools journey, ensuring that actions taken my leaders and staff will have a positive impact on children, parents and the wider community of Grove House.

Melissa Sellers

Associate Governor

Melissa has a BA (Hons) in Marketing. Prior to teaching, Melissa worked as Marketing Manager for a commercial laundry company. She worked within this industry for 6 years before embarking on a PGCE.

As an associate governor, Melissa brings with her a wealth of knowledge in SEND. Having worked in education for 11 years she has experience of both mainstream and in managing one of the city’s behaviour hubs. She is passionate about inclusion and working with children and families to ensure they have the right support.

Melissa current role involves her working within a mainstream setting as the Strategic SEND Lead for a multi academy trust. She oversees a Resourced Provision for children with Communication and Interaction difficulties.

As a governor for Grove House, she is well places to ensure leaders actions are inclusive and have impact for all pupils.

Joanna Baxendale

Associate Governor

Joanna is our Early Years Governor. Her role involves the oversight of the Nursery and Reception provision ensuring that leaders’ actions in early years are having a good impact and that provision meets the needs of our children as they start their school journey with us.

Joanna is currently an Assistant Headteacher in Bradford with responsibility for the Early Years and Key Stage One settings. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and has taught in all primary key stages. This gives her an excellent understanding of what a good quality of education looks and feels like.

Joanna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a Specialist Leader of Education, she has supported a significant number of schools across our region, and beyond, in improving their Early Years and Key Stage One settings. In addition Joanne has built a strong provision following through her social media pages ‘Continuing Provision in KS1’ as well as being a guest speak at several early years conferences and a guest blog writer for Alistair Bryce-Clegg.

Joanna hopes that as a governor, she will be able to use her knowledge and experience to support the staff working in the Foundation Stage at Grove House, as they continue to make huge leaps in progress in providing a truly inspiring experience for all the children at our school.