Governor Profiles

Meet the members of our Governing Body...

Rabia Afzal

I have lived in inner city Birmingham for the best part of my whole life. Having gone to a local primary, secondary, sixth form and university, I feel very strongly about this city and the young people who we have a duty to serve. This pursuit of mine brought me to teaching.

I am very passionate about education and reading in particular. Having worked in an inner city school for the full duration of my career, I am aware of the challenges that our children and their families face. That said, I fully recognise that all those barriers and challenges can be overcome by great schools that provide great provision.

Such provision was at the forefront of my mind when I became the Head of English. During my time in this role, I was successful in raising attainment in a school where 80% of the students were FSM/EAL or in many cases both. By keeping high quality teaching and learning at the centre of all our endeavours we rose standards from 60%, 83%, 83% and 85% in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Now a senior leader in the same school, I am keen to work with our feeder schools in closing the attainment gap sooner, so that the young people in Birmingham can have better opportunities in life, become great citizens who value this city and in turn give back to their community.

Sylvia Fry

Mrs Sylvia Fry

I am proud to be a 'Brummie' and appreciate the education which my husband and I, my sons and grandchildren have all received in local schools. My working life was spent in the NHS - including being a night nurse at the Birmingham and Midlands Women's Hospital in Sparkhill and a Health Visitor in Sparkbrook and Tyseley. For the last 15 years, I held management posts in South Birmingham Community Trust, and retired as the Director of Nursing and Community Care in 2000.

I was aware of the regard Clifton School was held in by the community and was pleased to become a Governor in 2000, and then Chair of Governors from 2001. I was also Chair of Trustees of Chinnbrook Family and Community Project from 2005-2016. Trust. I am also the Volunteer Organiser of the Hall Green Carers Group and a volunteer at St Peter's Day Centre for Elders.

I have been a National Leader of Governance since 2012, working with the Governing Bodies of other schools. In this capacity, I chair the Interim Executive Board of a Al Furqan Primary School.

In my spare time, I am a volunteer for the charity 'Schools for Gambia'. On my working visits to schools and health clinics funded through the 'Clifton Community' I am constantly impressed with the fundraising activities undertaken by our 'Clifton Community', to support ongoing education and child health. In return, I am able to bring back ideas for community and parental involvement at Clifton Primary School.

Fadl Hadi

I'm a born and bred Brummie. I have lived in Sparkhill and Balsall Heath most of my life. I'm a father of five fantastic kids who have gone or will go to Clifton. Like any father, I want the best for my children and all the children in my community; it is for this reason that I became a governor. I'm proud to be part of this great team at Clifton School who do their best to support and nurture our children. A great man once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela.

I'm currently working as a science teacher at Saltley School. I have been there for 18 years and have loved every minute of it. I graduated from Liverpool John Moore's University with a degree in Biotechnology. Being from the local community I aim to inspire pupils to be the best they can be by being a positive role model. A great writer once said "Once you know better you do better." Maya Angelou

Nicola Hemming

I was born and brought up in Birmingham – my father lived on Barrows Road in Sparkbrook as a child and attended Moseley Secondary School of Art; my mother lived on Evelyn Road. They married at the English Martyrs Church and then moved to Kings Norton where I grew up. I now live in Bournville with my partner and two children – James, aged 12 and Maya, aged 8.

I have been a member of the governing body since 2009 but joined Clifton 20 years ago as a newly qualified teacher, working at the old Clifton Junior School on Clifton Road when Keith Tatton was headteacher.

I am now an assistant head teacher and must say that I have really enjoyed being a part of the changes and improvements over the years at Clifton. I am extremely proud to be a member of the excellent team here and look forward to even more new developments and opportunities for our children in the coming years!

Rizwan Janmohamed

I have lived and worked in the Balsall Heath Area for 12 years and have two children who attend the school. I am employed by St. Paul's Trust, which is just round the corner from Clifton as a Monitoring and Information Officer for Children's Centres.

I have been a governor at Clifton School for the last three years. I feel it is a good way to support the community and become involved in my children's education and the education of young people in Balsall Heath. It gives me great joy to see that Clifton School is one of the finest schools in Birmingham and that it has a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teaching and support staff that continue to provide an 'excellent' opportunity for all its children to excel in both academic as well as extra-curricular activities.

Christine Mitchell

I was born in Watford, Hertfordshire and lived and worked in London, Cheshire and Berkshire before moving to Birmingham in 2007. I worked in the City of London for several years before starting a family and gaining an Open University Degree and completed my Post Graduate teaching qualification when I was 35; my daughters were 6 and 12. I taught in a variety of schools over the next seven years and took up my first headship in 1999. I left for a gap year seven years later and during this time I travelled the world and undertook voluntary work with Headteachers in schools in Rwanda – a humbling experience.

This is my second headship and has been a wonderful experience; I have participated in two Ofsted inspections where we were graded Outstanding each time. I have enjoyed seeing attainment and progress rise each year, old modular buildings disappear, a new 12 classroom building erected, and the start of the refurbishment of the old Infant building and new build to beginning to take shape. Clifton benefits from a wonderful community spirit; it is an oasis of calm in an overcrowded city; I feel very privileged to work here.

Habib Rahman

Mr Habib Rahman

I have lived in Balsall Heath for the last 45 years. All of my immediate family has a long standing history and connection with the area and the school; I went to Clifton School as a child, as did my four children as well as my 17 nephews and nieces. I started work at 16 as an Engineering apprentice with British Leyland and still work there as a Design Engineer with what is currently known as Jaguar Land Rover.

As a previous Chairperson and Governor of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth College, my involvement with the local Neighbourhood Forum and Seven Streets Residents Association, I feel I understand some of the ups and downs faced by local people. In my role as a Clifton School Governor, I hope to voice the needs and priorities of the local community and challenge the school to meet these. And most importantly, continue to help and support this school remain outstanding in providing the best possible start to our children and to ensure achieving educational excellence remains at the top of the school agenda.

Gill Whitting

I have lived in Birmingham for nearly 25 years and been a Governor of Clifton Primary School since 1997, including a period as the Chair of Clifton Infants' School. I have seen Clifton grow and progress to the outstanding School that it is now. I have taken a particular interest in special educational needs and made a significant contribution to the recruitment of teaching and support staff. After gaining a doctorate at the University of Bristol I worked in social research at the Universities of Bristol and Bath. In Birmingham, I have led research teams as a Director of ECOTEC and then GHK - specialising in the evaluation of projects which tackle poverty and inequality.