Local School Committee
While the Beckfoot Trust Board has ultimate responsibility for all the Trust schools, Beckfoot Allerton Primary School and Nursery has a Local School Committee (LSC), whose role is to be a critical friend of the school.
Effective school governance must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement. It is grounded in reality and depends on a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils, staff, families and the local community.
The LSC meets four times a year and is made up of families and community members, an elected member of staff, the Head Teacher and a Beckfoot Trust Board Director. Our remit includes taking a particular interest in pupil welfare and wellbeing, staff welfare and wellbeing and family engagement. We also examine and approve various school policies, review survey results and read and ask questions about the Head Teacher’s Academic and Business Reports. So far this year, we have discussed school improvement priorities, the great outcomes for pupils achieved by the school last summer, staff wellbeing and ideas to further improve communication and engagement with families.
LSC members also take part in the Beckfoot Trust Local School Committee Conference, where we met with LSC members from other Trust schools, to learn from each other and understand more about our role. The number of family/community members on the LSC, appointed by the Board, is limited to 6 but if anyone is interested in getting involved please contact the Head Teacher.
Another great way to get more involved with life at Beckfoot Allerton is to attend the regular Family Forum Coffee Mornings held at least once each half term where the Head Teacher and other members of the Leadership Team share some of the highlights of the term and discuss particular issues, such as ways we can support families with learning at home, school uniform or behaviour policy. Dates for these meetings are sent in the Head Teachers key dates list at the start of every term and on our website under Upcoming Events.
As a parent, it's great to be able to play a more active role in your child's school. We really welcome this and feel we learn so much from families by working closely together with them. The LSC plays a vital role in ensuring the link between families and the school Leadership Team is a strong one.
Members of the Local School Committee
Michelle Blanchard, Head Teacher
As a Trust, we are delighted to welcome Michelle Blanchard as Headteacher of Beckfoot Allerton. Michelle is an incredibly experienced leader who has dedicated much of her career to the Bradford District. Many of our community will know Michelle as the former Principal of Dixons Music Primary who led the school to its Outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2016. Under Michelle’s leadership in 2019, pupils achieved exceptional Key Stage 1 and 2 outcomes. Michelle is a highly respected leader and was recently appointed as a behaviour advisor for the Department of Education. She is a leader with high expectations and a belief that only the best will do. She inspires the children she teaches, the staff she leads and the communities that she serves. We are delighted that Michelle has become part of our Beckfoot Trust Family and will be working with our Local School Committee.
Jeremy Richardson, Head Teacher, Beckfoot Thornton
Jeremy Richardson is the head Teacher of Beckfoot Thornton, a local secondary school that is part of the Beckfoot family. Many of the children from Beckfoot Allerton go on to Thornton and Jeremy, as a former Primary school teacher, wants to make sure that Allerton children get the best possible deal at transition. Jeremy has had two previous headships in Leeds and Sheffield. Jeremy is determined that all children should feel safe and happy at school and that they should achieve great things because school and parents/carers work together tirelessly to ensure children get the very best.
Meg Henry, Staff Member
Meg co-directs The Linking Network, an educational charity based in Bradford which supports a network of Schools Linking Programmes across England providing teacher training and resources to connect communities. She has felt privileged to teach at Beckfoot Allerton Primary in a range of roles for over 20 years. She is really pleased to be a member of the Local Schools Committee and play a part in supporting the school and community to continue to seek the very best for children and families believing very much in the ambition that together we can work for children enjoy, learn and succeed in many remarkable ways.
Barry Dolan, Staff Member
Barry has been supporting the children and families of Beckfoot Allerton as a learning mentor since 2008. He is particularly passionate about supporting children who might have experienced adverse childhood experiences to get the best possible outcome they can out of their education. He also works alongside the Senior Leadership Team as a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Barry is a proud member of the Local School Committee and feels privileged to represent the school staff at LSC meetings. Prior to working in education Barry worked in management, sales and training.
Erum Pervez, Chair Person
Erum is Chair of the LSC and she is also one of the Directors of Beckfoot Trust which she joined in September 2019. Erum works as a Consultant\Trainer with the UK’s leading exam board delivering training to school leaders and teachers around the world, both face to face and online. She is also a Principal Examiner, Senior Team Leader and Revisor for international qualifications as well as an Assessment Specialist for the UK board. Erum is also one of the external experts for Ofqual.
Homera Najib, Parent Member
Homera has been a member of the LSC since 2018 at which point she had two daughters at the school. Homera is originally from London and is a chartered accountant. She trained in Audit at Deloitte in Leeds before joining Hallmark Cards where she worked for 11 years. During her time at Hallmark she worked firstly in finance where she was responsible for statutory reporting and tax compliance but more latterly she served as Company Secretary in a role encompassing legal matters such as commercial contracts and intellectual property. Homera left Hallmark in 2018 to join the Bradford Grammar School as Finance Manager which allowed her to further explore her interest in education. After 2 years in this role, Homera was appointed as the Bursar and Clerk to the Governors at Bradford Grammar School. Homera feels a strong connection with Beckfoot Allerton School and is excited to be able to bring her knowledge of finance and the education sector to the LSC.
Samera Khaliq, Parent Member
Sameera joined the LSC in November 2020, she is incredibly passionate about children’s learning and development and helping them reach their full potential both in education and their adult life. Sameera lives with her husband and two children, aged 5 and 1, in the Allerton community. Her daughter is a Year 1 pupil at Beckfoot Allerton Primary, giving her a good understanding of both the school and its environment. She has witnessed first-hand the Beckfoot Allerton journey and very much believes in the school’s vision and values, she is excited to be part of this journey and to contribute to the future direction of the School. Outside of the LSC, Sameera works in Financial Services as Head of Finance Business Partnering for Skipton Building Society, an organisation that shares similar values to Beckfoot Allerton Primary, and provides the opportunity to share experiences in the areas of leadership, working in partnership and community with the LSC.
If you have any questions or queries regarding our Local School Committee please email these in the first instance to our Clerk and Office Manager, Carole Turasz on firstname.lastname@example.org.