Meet the Governors
Mrs Sue Simmons
Hello everyone. I have been Headteacher at Thornton since September 2015 and am thoroughly enjoying my time in the school. I have been in school leadership since 1998 and this is my fourth headship. I have a particular interest in the maths curriculum and really enjoy PE as this was my degree at University. I hope you won't hesitate to come and see me if you want to discuss any aspect of the school's work - I operate an 'Open Door' policy and try to make myself as accessible to parents before and after school on the playground. Please come and meet me!
Mr Amjid Ali
Chair of Governors / Parent Governor
Mrs Cathy Grace
I am the elected Staff Governor. I am proud to work at Thornton and be part of our aspirational community. My current role as Deputy Headteacher puts me in a very fortunate position: I get to see all of the children, staff and parents on an almost daily basis! It is a pleasure to work as part of a dedicated team striving to make Thornton Primary School the best, and I welcome any comments you have to help us further improve on our journey to outstanding. I can be found in the playground at the start and end of the day, and can be contacted via reception if you would like to speak to me.
Mr Johur Uddin
I have been a Local Authority appointed governor at Thornton since 2013 and have responsibility for Chairing the Resources Committee.
I am the Chief Executive of a registered charity and Company Limited by Guarantee that provides a wide range of services including training opportunities, community development and youth work. I have responsible for the overall strategic development of the organisation, its services and ensuring long-term sustainability.
I have been working in both the public and voluntary sector since 1991 and have wide-ranging experience of public policy, urban regeneration and developing local communities. Prior to working for the charity, I worked for Sandwell Council and was engaged in community economic regeneration activity and undertook community capacity building work, designing and delivering bespoke training courses and developing social enterprises. I have also undertaken a number of consultancy projects specialising in developing community regeneration strategies, business planning and securing funding for third sector organisations.
My qualifications include Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Mrs Yasmin Begum
Hello my name is Yasmin. I am a mother of two boys, one is here at Thornton. I am very fortunate and privileged to be part of the Governing body here at Thornton. I am very keen and eager to be part of a school which has come a long way in the last two years and also a school which forms the basis and foundation of so many careers.
This saying was said to me when I was young and it has stuck with me. C .S Lewis once said “The task of a modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
We can create a school that exceeds the expectations of all the parents and the wider community of Ward end/Hodge hill. I am driven by the desire to get the best for all our children here at Thornton.
I am in the playground every day. I am friendly and approachable. I am always happy to help and give advice. If I am unable to advice you I will direct you to the right person who can help.
I am also the link Governor for SEND.
Mrs Erica McAlinden
Hello. I am a Co-Opted Governor at Thornton Primary School. I have four children, who have all attended this school. This means I have been part of Thornton School for over twenty one years. Firstly as a mother, then a senior Lunch Time Supervisor and finally as a Teaching Assistant. I enjoy working with the children in class, supporting them with their learning, supporting and encouraging them to do their best. During my free time and during the school day I go on trips with the children when needed.
Mr Tharack Ahmed
I am a co-opted Governor and the Vice Chair at Thornton Primary School and have been in governance for around 8 years. I am a Project Manager and Senior Software Developer and therefore am no stranger in being able to dispense my responsibilities of ensuring sound financial practice and contributing to defining the strategic direction for Thornton Primary School. My reasons for being a part of this fantastic team are my children Maryam, Hafsa and Ruqayah. I want to ensure that they and all children like them in our community get the strongest foundations for their future.
Mr Subat Khan
Mrs Anzar Bibi
I have been a governor at three different local authority schools/nursery in the past ten years. I have and will continue to take the necessary training to improve my role as a parent governor. I am also the Chair of the parents committee “Friends of Thornton” a committee set up in 2015 by myself to help strengthen the relationship between the school and the parents. I understand that we can only make our children's time here at Thornton a successful one by working together in partnership. I am currently working as an Admin Manager in a local Nursery.
Ms Jenny Steckles
I am Clerk to the Governing Body and have been in post since September 2015. My experience as a clerk is wide and broad having clerked in both schools and academies within Birmingham. Coventry and Warwickshire for the last 15 years and gained the National Clerking Qualification. I ensure in conjunction with the Governors that they carry out their responsibilities within their Governance role as laid down by the Department of Education.
Mr Zalal Choudhury
I am a well rounded businessman and family man, with numerous experiences of working as a parent governor at many schools. I have been a part of the governing body at Leigh School for 8 years; Sladefield School for 4 years and Washwood Heath Academy for 8 years. I was also a parent Governor for 4 years at Thornton. Therefore I fully understand the demands and responsibilities of being a parent Governor and will work hard alongside the school to ensure the best oportunities and educational needs are met for our children. I will be strongly commited to my role as a parent governor and will make every effort to ensure high standards of achievement are met for our children.
Mrs Sofina Begum