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Governing Body

Type of Governor & Appointment:Co-opted
Term of office starts:22/09/21
Term of office ends:21/09/24
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – Finance
Meetings attended in the last academic year:
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):Shabnam lectures in Initial Teacher Education for the primary teacher training programmes at Leeds Beckett University where her specialist areas are, Race, Diversity and Inclusion. She is a lead coach for the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality and supports schools in achieving their Antiracist School Award.
Shabnam is passionate about authenticity, equity, and empowerment and has been in primary education for 25 years, serving diverse communities as a class teacher, SENDCo, Head Teacher, Governor and Trustee. She is also an independent education consultant and runs DewDrop Education to share her expertise and support organisations.
Shabnam is a member of Disability Ed UK and is a founder member of BAME Ed Northwest, two organisations that seek to support educators from diverse backgrounds.

Liz Jones

Type of Governor & Appointment:Co-opted
Term of office starts:27/09/20
Term of office ends:27/09/23
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – EYFS & Curriculum
Meetings attended in the last academic year:4 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):I am Professor Emeritus at Manchester Metropolitan University with a specialism in early years education. I have also worked in Norway, New Zealand and Hong Kong as a visiting professor. I am co-parent to three children. I have a deep commitment to education and extensive experience of teaching. My role as governor at Rushbrook Primary Academy is driven by the belief that all children deserve the best from their experiences of schooling.
Type of Governor & Appointment:Co-opted
Term of office starts:12/10/20
Term of office ends:12/10/23
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – School Parliament, Environment and Sustainability
Meetings attended in the last academic year:5 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):I am an environmental professional at the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub, which is part of the Henry Royce Institute and University of Manchester with over a decade of experience advising businesses and governments on how to reduce their impacts and improve their actions in response to the climate crisis. I also volunteer with Climate Emergency Manchester to push for greater support and action to tackle the climate crisis at the community level, which is where my interests overlap as a governor with Rushbrook Primary Academy as a vital part of my local community.
Type of Governor & Appointment:Governor – Parent elected
Term of office starts:01/07/19
Term of office ends:30/06/24
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body
Meetings attended in the last academic year:6 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):Originally from Reading, I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in the nineties and made Manchester my hometown. I set up an independent Property rental agency in 2010 and have run that successfully for over a decade.
I am passionate about education and child development and ensuring that all children are given the same opportunities to learn and grow, regardless of background.
With one child in year 6 at Rushbrook, it has been brilliant to be involved with the governing body to support the school and its staff, as Rushbrook continues to develop and excel.

Matthew Carroll

Declaration of Interest

Type of Governor & Appointment:Principal Rushbrook Primary Academy
Term of office starts:01/09/19
Term of office ends:N/A
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body
Meetings attended in the last academic year:6 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):

Dr Gee Macrory

Declaration of Interest

Type of Governor & Appointment:Appointed
Term of office starts:28/06/18
Term of office ends:26/06/24
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – SEN and Language in Curriculum
Meetings attended in the last academic year:6 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):Gee has extensive experience of teaching and teacher education in the area of language, including speech, language and communication in the early years, bilingualism, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and modern languages teaching at primary and secondary level. After teaching in schools in Manchester, she was an Advisory Teacher for Manchester City Council and then spent 28 years in the Faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, retiring in August 2018 as Principal Lecturer with responsibility for primary teacher education

Leah Chikamba

Declaration of Interest

Type of Governor & Appointment:Governor – Parent elected
Term of office starts:13/11/18
Term of office ends:12/11/24
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – Safeguarding
Meetings attended in the last academic year:6 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):I have worked with children and families since 2003. In my current role I manage children centres and have done so since 2014. My passion is to see families empowered to reach their potential and hence the reason I love to be a school parent governor. I also do part time Lecturing at MMU.
Type of Governor & Appointment:Chair of Governors
Term of office starts:01/09/20
Term of office ends:31/08/23
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body – Pupil Premium and GDPR
Meetings attended in the last academic year:6 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):I worked as a teacher and school improvement officer in Manchester for 28 years before retiring in 2011. I also had experience as a governor and of working with a number of school governing bodies during my career. I was keen to continue in a governor’s role after retirement and am very pleased to be part of the team at Rushbrook.
Type of Governor & Appointment:Staff Governor
Term of office starts:12/10/16
Term of office ends:05/11/23
Committee Membership:Local Governing Body
Meetings attended in the last academic year:5 of 6
Relevant Business Pecuniary interests (Inc. Governance Roles):I have worked at Rushbrook (formerly Gorton Mount Primary Academy) since 1999 and also undertook voluntary work at the school prior to that time. I have worked in a variety of roles at the school including Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentor and Attendance Officer and was once awarded the title of ‘Employee of the Year’. I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and the safeguarding, protection and care of all our pupils is of paramount importance to me.  I am trained in and have delivered, Webster Stratton parenting courses to the parents of our pupils.
I am a resident of the local community and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
The Safeguarding Team at school work extremely hard to ensure every child’s right to feel safe, happy and valued is upheld.
Proud to part of the Bright Futures Education Trust
Rushbrook Primary Academy
101 Shillingford Road
Gorton, Manchester M18 7TN
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