Meet Our Governors
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Pamela ThomasChair of Governing Body & co-Safeguarding Governor
It is a pleasure to be the Chair of the Governing Body as a parent governor at Chantry Primary Academy.
I have been an educator for over 15 years and began teaching English to adult learners in the UK and abroad, Central America and China. After achieving my MA (TESOL), I have continued to educate adult learners within the higher education community as an English for academic purposes lecturer.
My passion and enthusiasm for teaching has brought me into contact with a diverse range of cultures which is an immense joy as each student brings to the classroom many cultural dynamics which enhances my diversity in teaching. The experience has given me tremendous insights into the cultural complexities of teaching students from different cultural backgrounds in a multi-cultural environment.
My role as a parent governor is to use my experience in teaching and learning to have an inclusive education for all.
Cori BatemanExecutive Headteacher/Trust CEO
I am a mother of two daughters. I have been in education since qualifying as a teacher in 1991 and have been Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy since 2004.
In September 2017 Chantry formed a Federation with Whitefield Primary School and the two schools work very closely together under our shared leadership structure. In January 2019 we joined with Southfield Primary School to form a Multi Academy Trust - Pioneer Learning Trust.
The success of our work at Chantry has led to our leadership team being asked to support other schools in Luton and surrounding areas.
The work of the Local Governing Body is essential in ensuring that Chantry continues to maintain high standards and continues to be the successful school that it is.
Noshin HussainHead of School & Ex-Officio
I am a very proud Lutonian born and bred. I enjoyed my education in Luton, having attended the local primary and secondary school. I graduated from Kings College London where I gained a degree from the Theology and Religious Studies department. My passion for Philosophy, Religious and Spirituality saw me qualify as a secondary Religious Studies teacher. I enjoyed a successful career, covering roles like Head of Department, Head of House, Assessment lead at KS 3, SENCO, Teaching and Learning lead and teacher trainee mentor/coordinator. Having secured an Assistant Headship in an Outstanding school within 5 years of qualifying as a teacher, I further developed my understanding of education by completing a Postgraduate with Warwick University. I also received a prestigious Pearson award from my school improvement initiative.
Having secured my first primary Head of School position, I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges this post brings.
Alex CollinsVice Chair & Parent Governor
I am a parent of two children at Chantry and am keen to make a positive difference as a parent governor. As a software developer with a keen interest and understanding of technology I hope I can help to provide an environment where children can flourish as individuals in this new digital-focused world.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports and getting out in the countryside on bike rides with the family.
Barzil GwesheParent Governor
I am a father of three, two are at Chantry Primary Academy and the eldest in high school. I have been working for the NHS supporting people with Mental Health problems for the past 11 years. I am passionate about Mental Wellbeing.
Erin StewartCommunity Governor
Leonie GordonParent Governor
Umar FarukCommunity Governor
Jenni LloydStaff Governor
I am the Deputy Headteacher and have been at Chantry since 2001. I've held several different roles and taught in every year group from Reception through to Year 6. I have a passion for teaching and learning and love to see the children thriving in our school. I hope to bring experience to the Governing Body as well as being a spokesperson for the wonderful Chantry staff.