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An Introduction to our Governors

Shabana Shaukat

Ms S Shaukat - Chair of Governors

I have been working for the Redbridge Safeguarding Children's Board for the last 5 years.  I grew up in Yorkshire, studied speech and language therapy at a University in London, then moved to Redbridge after getting married 12 years ago.  I have 3 children who attend Downshall Primary School.

I joined the Governing Body at Downshall in May 2013.  My motivation for becoming a Governor arose from my interest in education and the opportunities a good education can offer children.  Also contributing to the work of the Governing Body is my way of giving back to my community; to support the educational experience of the children at Downshall and inspiring them to become upstanding members of our community.

Ms S Shaukat

Ali Hai(1)

Mr A Hai - LEA Governor/Parent

I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.  I was a Councillor for the London Borough of Redbridge from 2010-2014.  

I have lived in Redbridge all of my life and attended Downshall Primary School.  I have 2 children who also attend Downshall Primary School. 

As an old boy of Downshall Primary School, I get a great deal of satisfaction by helping the school and its pupils strive to achieve the highest education standards.

Mr A Hai FCA, CTA, BA(Hons)

Mrs Bhattacharjee(1)

Ms O Bhattacharjee - Parent Governor

I have lived in Redbridge for the past 10 years and consider it a safe place.   There is a sense of harmony amongst the residents - be it whichever community they come from. At Downshall Primary School multicultural diversity is handled very efficiently. The children feel safe which helps them to build a secure future. The main reason I was motivated to stand as a parent governor was to be more involved with the institution as both my children attend Downshall. 

I have a Masters Degree in Mass Communication but currently am a full time mother and work only part time. Previously I have worked for almost 6 years in Motor accident claims. 

Turinder Toor(1)

Ms T Toor - Parent Governor

I have worked for many years in the marketing and business development sector within the publishing and events industries, most recently in professional services.  I have lived in Redbridge for the last 18 years and I have 3 children, one of whom still attends Downshall Primary.  I have always taken a keen interest in the school as well as keeping myself informed of the education sector.

It is this interest that motivated me to want to become a Governor and give back to my local community.  I think it is so important that everyone is given the same opportunity to learn and succeed.  I am committed to ensuring that I assist the Governing Body with providing academic excellence as well as building closer relationships with the whole school community.

Ms M Begum - Parent Governor

I am a mother of 3 young children who currently attend Downshall Primary school.  After graduating with an LLB  Law degree from University of London, I completed my legal practice course at College of Law London and then secured my training contract with a firm of Solicitors  in the city.  I qualified as a Solicitor and worked in the city as well as high street solicitors firms for a number of years, before taking a career break to raise a family.  I took the role of parent governor as I wanted to learn more about how the school is run and support the staff and the children.  More than anything, as a parent I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children, to give them the best possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead. I am excited about the prospect of taking an active role in the schools progress and I would like to help ensure that the school provides the best possible opportunities for our children now and in the future.

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