Mr Ahmed, Chair of Governors.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Arden Primary School on behalf of all the Governors.

Arden is a vibrant, forward-thinking and happy school with high standards and expectations, skilled and professional staff, enthusiastic and well-behaved children and supportive parents and governors. All whom are extremely hard working, committed to raising standards and have consistently high expectations of pupils both academically and socially.

Our role as Governors is to make sure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both aspirational and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Headteacher, Senior Leadership team and teaching staff as a 'critical friend’ to maintain our commitment to achieving the highest standards of education.

The Governors work through two committees: Curriculum & Standards and Finance & Staffing, as well as carrying out individual roles to both challenge and support the school in achieving its ultimate aim to provide every child with every opportunity possible.

I feel privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Arden Primary School and to lead an experienced team who work hard to share their expertise to guide the school forward. We all try to attend school events, so look out for us and please come and have a chat. Otherwise, do not hesitate to contact me at or via the school office.

Mr Zaid Ahmed
Chair of Governors

Members of our Governing Body

We have a supportive Governing Body made up of parents, teachers and representatives from the community and the local authority.

The governors are interested in all aspects of school life. Each governor is partnered with one class of children in the school for which they develop a particular interest during their term as governors.

Governors can be contacted at any time through the school office. The minutes of each Governors’ meeting are displayed on the notice board in the entrance area.

Name Type of Governor
Mr Z Ahmed Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mr S Bashir Co-opted Governor
M A Khan Co-opted Governor
Mr L Wright Co-opted Governor
Mr T Hussain Parent Governor
Mrs C Webster LA Governor
Mrs G Shergill Headteacher
Ms Y Ali Staff Representative
Ms C Jukes Clerk to the Governors

Also see:

Governor Profiles

Mr Zain Ahmed

I joined the Governing Body back in 2009 as a parent governor and currently I am the Chair of Governors. I have four children, one of which is at Arden and the other two recently left after spending seven years at Arden.

I work as HR Services Manager for an International Charity for the last 10 years and have also been a therapist for the last 14 years. I work with people who suffer from various forms of mental illness from anxiety, depression to phobias and stress.

I am passionate about making a positive difference to our children in order for them to fulfil their potential.

Mr Tassawar Hussain

My name is Tassawar Hussain; I have lived and worked in Sparkhill for 40 years. I was a pupil at Arden Primary School many years ago and went on to Moseley Secondary School.

I have worked for BCC as both a Community Development Worker as well as a Youth Worker for the Sparkhill and Sparkbrook areas. I am currently employed by Tyseley Community Centre as a Youth and Community Worker and I also volunteer to feed homeless people in the city centre every week.

I am very passionate about the area and the community that I live in, and I passionately believe in making the school thrive to its full potential, making Arden a school that every parent is happy with.

Mr Amer Khan

In 2014, I approached Arden primary school and enquired about any programmes for father's,which led me to be actively involved in the "Dad's and Lads initiative. I was so impressed by how the school was working with the community, when asked if I would like to be part of the governing body I embraced the opportunity. Since 2014 I have continued to work in close partnership with its pupils, parents, staff and governors to support the school and help it grow.

Sparkhill is an important part of our community and I feel that being a governor is a great way to be involved and give something back to my local area.

Mrs Carol Webster

I have been the LEA Governor at Arden for just over 12 months. In April 2017 I left the BBC after 10 years when the BBC Trust was abolished by the Government. My role there was as a BBC Trust Adviser working with six groups of volunteers across the Midlands and the North of England. These groups came together on a regular basis to scrutinise the BBC’s services across TV, radio and online.

For the seven years before I was employed as a Senior Development Officer within the Education Department supporting day care providers in the voluntary, charitable and maintained sectors setting up new provisions including Neighbourhood Nurseries and Children’s Centres. And for the seven years before that I set up and ran a 50 place day nursery for a charity in Bordesley Green which offered places to the local community as well as being the workplace nursery for Heartlands hospital.

I have recently taken a part time role at Marks and Spencers as a customer support assistant. In my leisure time I enjoy reading, cooking, baking and entertaining family and friends. I do a weekly pub quiz with friends and enjoy playing scrabble online.

Mr Lee Wright

I have been working as part of Arden’s fantastic team for many years now. I have always loved this community having spent by early years of schooling at English Martyrs not too far from here so it seemed only natural that I should start my teaching career here too. Shortly after joining the school I was delighted to be nominated and selected as school governor during my NQT year. This was nearly eight years ago now... how time has flown.

My role within the school has changed many times over the years from year group leader to my current role of interventions manager working in year 6. I have worked alongside many of the staff at the school and been fortunate to learn from the outstanding teachers and teaching that takes place here. I am fiercely determined that the standards that we set ourselves and those of the children should never drop; In spite of the challenges that educationalists face today. I have developed some fantastic relationships with the parents and seen many a family thrive at Arden due to the work families and school commitment to education and learning. For me, this optimises the ethos of the school; parents and teachers working together to improve the futures of the children. It is these experiences that motive me to support the governors and school to continue to do the great things we do.

I have also recently developed a love of running which takes me to the streets of Birmingham and Solihull most weekends. Sport tends to take up most of my leisure time alongside spending time with my young family, which includes a very talkative 4 year old, who keeps me extremely busy outside of school!