Bridge Junior School Governing Body:
Joseph Wygelndacz- Chair/Co-opted Governor
Yasmin Kazi - Vice Chair/ Parent Governor
Jatinder Mahil - Headteacher
Celeste John - Staff Governor
Jane Mallard - Co-opted Governor
Becky Mukiza- Co-opted Governor
Asma Takolia - Co-opted Governor
Claire Chauhan - Parent Governor
Debbie Whitfield- Co-opted Governor
Natalie Tegala-Patel - Clerk to Governors (Leicester City Council)
All governors can be contacted through the school:
Roles and Responsibilities
Safeguarding & Health and Safety
Finance and Staffing
Joseph Wyglendacz (Chair)
Becky Mukiza (Chair)
Jane Mallard (Vice Chair)
I have recently had the privilege of being appointed as the Headteacher at Bridge Junior School from January 2020.
Previous to this, I have worked as a head teacher in two other primary schools in very different catchment areas to Bridge.
The experience I bring to our school which has spanned over the last 25 years, have included working as a class teacher in many schools around the country; an Assistant Head teacher, leading on Assessment and developing a creative connected curriculum; a deputy headteacher with a focus on coaching and mentoring staff on improving teaching and learning pedagogy; an Improving Schools Programme Consultant for Slough Borough Council which gave me the opportunity to work in a range of schools, supporting teachers and senior leaders. I have also been a registered Ofsted inspector before taking on my first headship in 2012.
I remain as passionate today about the giving all our children the best possible education and life chances as I did when I first started qualified in 1993. This is something I intend on doing with the support of the fantastic pupils, parents, staff and governors at Bridge.
Having had the opportunity to be part of the school community as a parent; learning mentor; teaching assistant and teacher, meeting the best interests of all stakeholders is something that I am wholly committed to. It is a privilege to be a Staff governor and work amongst such dedicated individuals to support the school ethos and contribute to the development and improvement of Bridge Junior school. It is a pleasure to be part of such a diverse, close-knit and warm community.
I’ve been a Teaching Assistant at Bridge Junior for nearly 17 years and worked at Green Lane Infants for 5 years before that. I have been a governor at Bridge for approximately 18 years. Both my daughters studied at Bridge and have now gone on to qualify in teaching and law. I love spending my spare time with my grandson Isaac.
I am a qualified teacher at a Leicester City primary school and have been in my current post since 2011 (specialising in KS2). I am also the local district and branch secretary for the National Education Union. Currently, I represent teaching unions on the local authorities: Children, Young People and Schools Scrutiny Commission, Schools and Setting Consultative Committee and Teachers' Negotiating Committee. Additionally, as a board member of Leicester Education Strategic Partnership I will also be helping to shape the Leicester City Education Strategy.
Progress of pupils at Bridge is significantly high and I am privileged to become (as of November 2020) part of the governing body of such a driven school. I will be an active member of the governing body with particular interests in: teaching & learning (curriculum), health & safety and staffing.
I work in the Further Education sector and have been a Parent Governor at Bridge since 2020. Being a local community member and having five children who either are at Bridge or soon to be going there, I have a passion for education and an interest in ensuring Bridge Junior School is amongst the striving, outstanding, and impressive schools in the region. Having had the opportunity to become a Parent Governor, it is clear that Bridge has a very strong team of committed and hardworking individuals behind the progression of the school and it is a pleasure to be able to be a part of that.
I am currently a Parent Governor for Bridge Junior and Staff Governor for Green Lane Infants. Myself and my partner both attended these schools as children and our children are also are going through the schools at present. My background is Domiciliary Care for people with learning difficulties, where I was a Registered Manager for 15 years before I had my children. My career change was based on having quality family time which I enjoy thoroughly. Being a governor in the School gives me a good sense of involvement.
I am currently a Teaching Assistant at another city school, having previously worked at Bridge Junior as a volunteer class assistant during my study years. I am a mother of four children and have lived in Leicester for the last 17 years, originally from London. By the next academic year, all my children will have either passed through Bridge or be in attendance, which indicates a long-lasting association with the school. As a Parent Governor, my aim is to help the school make the progress we need, whilst retaining things that make our school special.
I am currently working as a senior teacher and School Leader in Education (SLE) for Maths in another Leicester City school and my knowledge of Bridge Primary School is, like all schools, it is constantly developing. I understand that the community it serves and the delights and challenges that it faces. My own children are dual heritage and I pride myself on awareness of cultural similarities and differences between families from all over the world. I am aware that the community is changing, as there are now multigenerational families whom live within the catchment area. I know that the pupils of Bridge make good progress from KS1 – KS2 and that this is due to the supportive parents and delightful children that attend the school. I am aware that the school would like to further develop their teaching pedagogy to ensure that their pupils are fully equipped for life after primary school and I would love to support the school in that journey.
I have been a Business Manager for over 20 years. I moved from Staffordshire 12 years ago to Leicester where I currently work in a Leicester City Junior School. In my current role, I am responsible for the finances, premises, HR and overseeing attendance. I am also a DSL and a Clerk to the Governing Body.
As a governor at Bridge, I feel my skill set will be well utilised as a governor. I am very much looking forward to sharing my experience and getting to know the school’s community along with helping the school move forward on it's exciting journey.
Our Governing Body
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