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Governing Body

Our Governing Body exists to support and challenge the staff at the school and to ensure that our children get the outstanding education that they deserve. It is made up of parents, staff, members of the community and other co-opted Governors with expertise and experience in education or related fields. We meet twice a term as a full Governing Body. The Chair of the Governing Body is Shafali Kapoor.

Rachel Wise

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Type of GovernorGovernor: Appointed
Term of office starts:09.10.2020
Term of office ends:08.10.2023
Meetings attended in the last academic year:
ProfileRachel has worked in the charitable sector since 2008, across projects in the criminal justice system, education, and housing. She has a particular interest in the social model of disability and equality of opportunity. In her current job role she is a member of the Health and Safety Committee and is a stickler for detail and process. She lives with her partner Christopher who is a librarian, and Nancy, who is a cat.

Taniqua West

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Type of GovernorGovernor: Appointed
Term of office starts:13.01.2020
Term of office ends:12.10.2023
Meetings attended in the last academic year:
ProfileI graduated from the University of Manchester with an honours degree in Law.
I currently work at the University of Manchester as a Student Experience Administrator supporting undergraduate students throughout their degree programme.  I also work at Manchester United as an Area Manager.
I am passionate about improving the educational opportunities and attainment of children and young people.  I have gained experience in helping others to overcome perceived barriers to their learning and development through various roles including whilst volunteering as a classroom assistant at my local primary school, through the development of the 70+ staff I manage at Manchester United and through my work with students within the University.
In addition to the roles set out above, I have been fortunate enough to have been able to gain experience in various other sectors so far in my career, including providing legal advice to the public through the University’s Legal Advice Centre and volunteering with a charity that supports young people at immediate risk of homelessness.

Mohammad Hasan

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Type of GovernorParent Elected-Stanley Grove
Term of office starts:07.06.2019
Term of office ends:06.06.2022
Meetings attended in the last academic year:1 out of 5
ProfileMy name is Mohammad Hasan. I have been living in Longsight since 2009. Currently, my two children are studying at Stanley Grove primary Academy- One in Year 3 (Mahnoor Hasan Inas) in and 2nd child is in reception (Mahrukh Khusbhu). Currently I am working as a Graduate Assistant Teacher (GTA) at the University of Sheffield, beside my PGR.

I have significant leadership skill and training in academia that could be helpful in guide the group of people at a different level of ages. Some of them are in below:

1) Academic culture: Transition and Expectations
This is basically key to focus on academic context and expectations of teaching. Such as prospects of student and teachers as a member of the community. Identify approaches to support the student to make a smooth and successful transition.
2) Lecturing
This is another useful skill which mainly focusing on effective practice in a large group, including the engaging audience, designing lecture, promoting active engagement in lecture and effective classroom management.
Also, I have had workshops about assessment and feedback, research supervisor, problem-solving, laboratory demonstration and seminar facilities. Confidently, that skill and experience can be endorsed on the next level, though, Stanley Grove currently is doing outstanding in Manchester.
This is why as a parent, I feel privileged to be part of a school as a parent governor that has a caring and nurturing an environment where standards are high, and children thrive. Finally, I am committed, organised and passionate about promoting STANLEY GROVE ACADEMY as the best school in this country for our local children.

Sahar Rauf

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Type of GovernorStaff Elected: Stanley Grove Primary Academy
Term of office starts:27.02.2019
Term of office ends:26.02.2025
Meetings attended in the last academic year:4 out of 5

Gary Handforth

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Type of GovernorEx Officio
Term of office starts:01.12.2016
Term of office ends:n/a
Meetings attended in the last academic year:5 out of 5

Shefali Kapoor – Chair

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Type of GovernorGovernor:Appointed. Safeguarding Governor: Stanley Grove Primary Academy
Term of office starts:01.09.2020 (Elected Chair 06.07.20)
Term of office ends:31.08.2023
Meetings attended in the last academic year:5 out of 5
ProfileShefali has 15 years’ experience in local government, across a wide range of disciplines including project management, stakeholder and relationship management and working with communities to deliver positive change in places where they live. As Head Of Neighbourhoods, Shefali leads a large team responsible for delivering local priorities; this includes leading the City’s place based reform programme – working with other public sector partners to deliver sustained changes to the way that organisations work together to improve the lives of Manchester residents. Shefali is a board member at Southway Housing Trust and also volunteers as a coach as part of the Pankhurst Centre’s Queen Bee Coaching Programme.

Shefali can be contacted c/o
The Hub,
144 Irlam Road, Flixton
Manchester, M41 6NA

Amy Footman

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Type of GovernorHead of School: Stanley Grove: Ex Officio
Term of office starts:01.12.2016
Term of office ends:n/a
Meetings attended in the last academic year:1 out of 2 (maternity leave)
ProfileAmy joined the Stanley Grove team as a class teacher in 2008 having studied at Warwick University. In 2012 she became Assistant Vice Principal with responsibilities for SEN, Inclusion and Safeguarding. Her personal interest and passion for Special Educational Needs led her to complete both a MA in Inclusion and the National Award for SENCOs through Manchester Metropolitan University.

Another of Amy’s passions is bringing Mindfulness to Bright Futures schools. Amy says that having a mindfulness practice supports her in her work. She teaches the Paws.b mindfulness curriculum at Stanley Grove and is a trainer for the Mindfulness in School Project.

Amy is proud to now be Head of School at such a unique and inspiring academy. For Amy, Stanley Grove should be a school that is at the heart of the community, giving children rich new experiences and leading research to improve outcomes for pupils. She took pride overseeing the recent refurbishments, which now provides our children and staff with fantastic new learning spaces, all weather sports facilities and engaging outdoor provision

Sabrina Kiani

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Type of GovernorGovernor: Appointed
Term of office starts:30.11.2021
Term of office ends:29.11.2024
Meetings attended in the last academic year:1 out of 5 ( due to maternity leave)
ProfileI graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in chemistry. I went on to gain a masters degree in the Department of Chemistry and thereafter a doctorate in systems biology and nano-technology from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. I started my professional career working for a biotechnology company in research and development. My current interests include my role as a Stem Ambassador, a committee member for the royal society of chemistry, and a chair person for a residents association.

I am currently working as a scientific regulatory affairs project manager for the chemicals regulation directorate.

Jill Tordoff

Type of GovernorGovernor: Appointed
Term of office starts:01.09.2021
Term of office ends:31.08.2024
Meetings attended in the last academic year:4 out of 5
ProfileJill has extensive educational experience and her particular expertise is in raising the aspirations, access and achievement of underachieving pupils who have barriers to their learning. Jill has had a wide range of roles as a teacher and leader in a range of schools and within Manchester local authority supporting school improvement. Currently Jill works as an independent education consultant.
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Stanley Grove Primary Academy
Parry Road, Longsight
Manchester M12 4NL
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