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Governor biographies

Nazia Iqbal – Chair of Governors

 I have been a governor at Middleton and Primary school since 2020 (first as a parent governor and now co-opted) and Chair of Governors since October 2022. All three of my children currently attend the school. I am the link governor for PSHE and am part of the Pupils and Strategy committee. 

I studied at the University of Manchester and completed a BA Honours in Religion & Theology and then completed a PGCE enabling me to take up a career in teaching.  I have held several posts including Head of Department,  Director of Faculty and Lead Teacher of Teaching and Learning.  During this time I also worked closely with the Local Education Authority on a number of projects for local schools and communities.   

I have continued to work as an exam moderator  throughout this time and  in most recent years have taken a career break to spend time with my young family, focusing on them but still allowing myself the flexibility of continuing to moderate. 

In my spare time I thoroughly enjoy baking, spending time with and entertaining family and friends on the weekend, going for long walks and reading. 


Sylvia Oates - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor at Middleton since spring 2022 and currently have two daughters at school. My particular areas of interest are special educational needs and disabilities, and pupil and staff wellbeing.

Children and young people are my passion; for all of my adult life I have undertaken voluntary roles working with or in support of children, including setting up a homework club for children with English as an additional language and a project that took children from low income families on residential weekends away when at university in Leeds, to running a Brownie group in London. More recently I have had the privilege of being the Chair of Wollaton Park Preschool for four years, as well as the safeguarding lead on its committee.

I am MD of a company that supports towns and cities to be safer and more attractive places to socialise. I work closely with the Home Office and am on an advisory committee to UK Government in relation to the hospitality recovery strategy. I work with local authorities, police forces, businesses, trade associations and third sector organisations across the country to encourage closer partnership working.

In my spare time I enjoy live music and performances, going out for a meal or a drink and spending time with my family and friends.


Sarah West  

I have been a  governor at Middleton School since 2018 and currently have two children in the school. I chair the Pupil and Strategy committee and am link governor for SEND. 

I completed a BA in Theatre and then a PGCE at the University of Birmingham before embarking on a teaching career. I have been Head of Performing Arts/Drama in secondary schools and colleges, both private and comprehensive. During this time I also examined for GCSE and A-level exam boards, as well as for the LAMDA Speech and Language qualifications. In more recent years, I began working for the theatre industry and now work for Nottingham Playhouse as a Participation Producer, project managing and delivering on community and school programmes. 

In my spare time, I like to direct theatre, dance, play Capoeira, go to see live music, walk in the countryside and read fiction books.


Kathryn Jakubiak

I’ve been a member of the governing body since 2012, initially starting out as a parent governor. My son is now in secondary education but I still have a keen interest in the school. One of my key link roles during the last 10 years has been to monitor progress with our School Improvement Plan which identifies the key priorities for the school. I never fail to be inspired and motivated by the commitment to driving improvement across the whole of Middleton and for every pupil. I’m also a member of the Pupils and Strategy committee. 

I am the Customer Experience Director for a manufacturing company, a role that is heavily focused on people, driving improvement and embedding a customer focused culture across the whole organisation. 

I love walking in my spare time and have recently challenged myself to a couple of marathon length charity walks (that’s a lot of laps of Wollaton Park in training!). I also like spending time in the garden but most of all I love spending time with my family and friends.


Samia Ishaque 

I have been a governor since 2020 (first as a parent governor and now co-opted). I became a governor because I am passionate about children and how their needs are addressed in an evolving world.

I am on the Pupils and Strategy Committee and the Pay Committee; I am also a link governor for the Rights Respecting Schools Award and now a link governor for the Early Years education at the school. 

I studied Social Sciences then went on to do a PGCE for post 16 education, teaching mainly Psychology and Sociology. Currently, my focus lies with my young family. However, recently, I have also been studying Psychology further, Counselling and Islamic Psychology. I also enjoy going on adventures with my family and spending time with friends.


Zafran Khan

I have been a local authority governor at Middleton Primary school since 2020. Being born and raised in Nottingham and having lived in Wollaton for several years has given me a great understanding of local people's needs and issues. I have completed a BSc in Computation from the University of Manchester. Many of my family work in primary schools as teachers and teaching assistants so it’s something I’m really passionate about. Ultimately, I am delighted to be a governor at the school because the first time I visited the school, it felt like a place that really cared, just like a big family where everyone looks out for each other. Finally, as one of the local councillors for the Wollaton West ward, it's my commitment and determination in making the area an even better place to live, learn and work for everyone. 

My hobbies include football, cricket and spending time watching Netflix.


Rachel Dekker (Dr R Whittaker)

I have been a member of Middleton Primary school governing body since autumn 2021 and I am one of the Safeguarding governors and part of the Pupils and Strategy committee. 

I am a proud mum of three children, two of whom attend the school and a younger one still at nursery. I qualified as a doctor in 2009 from Manchester Keele University.  I spent my foundation training in Bristol before relocating to New Zealand for 2 years, working as a junior doctor within a different healthcare setting.  I commenced paediatric training in 2013 and I am a paediatric registrar working in the North East Midlands Deanery.  I sit on the board of the North East Midlands Educational Training Committee as one of the wellbeing reps.

I have been passionate about child health for many years. I bring a different perspective to my safeguarding role having been involved with this in my job as a children’s doctor.    

Most of my spare time is spent with my family and friends. I enjoy being out in the fresh air and watching my daughter’s football team at the weekends.


Chris Sadler

I have been a parent governor at Middleton Primary School since April 2022. I feel very lucky to have two children attending Middleton with a third starting next year.

I grew up and studied in Nottingham, qualifying as a chartered management accountant in 2012. I currently work as an accountant for a global technology firm. I am honoured to be a governor at Middleton and with my understanding of finance, I am expecting to contribute to the continued success of the school.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the family, gardening, cooking, walking and watching films.


Sophia Ahmed

I was elected as a parent governor in May 2023. I am very excited to take one this role and to help make a difference in the school. I have two daughters currently at Middleton. 

I studied for a BA Hons in Marketing and Communications at the University of Greenwich. I have worked as a Fundraising Manager for several leading cancer charities. My work involved marketing and promoting the charity and organising national and local events. I acted as a school speaker, delivering assemblies in both primary, secondary and colleges. I have experience in working with large multinational companies who had selected a charity of the year to fundraise for. On a local level I represented the charities work with organisations such as scouts, golf clubs and religious groups. 

I am currently a stay at home parent with my young family. This has given me the time to spend with my children but also the opportunity to volunteer including being a parent reader in Year One.

In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading history books, spending time with my family and friends and travelling whenever I can. 


Rizwan Ahmad

I am an accomplished educator and leader with over 16 years of experience in education. I have served in various senior leadership roles since 2013, including Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal, and Acting Principal in inner-city secondary schools. I have supported leadership teams through Ofsted inspections and consistently promoted high expectations. I have spearheaded transitions through excellent leadership, improved collaboration, and realigned procedures.

I am a former pupil of Middleton Primary and all of my children have attended/currently attend the school. I am passionate about supporting the school to be the outstanding institution I believe it is.

I have a BSc (honours) in Information Systems at the University of Derby and completed a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University, enabling me to begin a career in teaching. I have also undertaken an MSc in Educational Leadership at Buckingham University as well as a Senior Leader Level 7 Apprenticeship in Educational Leadership at the National College of Education. I am currently supporting senior leaders nationally in their leadership journeys as a leadership coach in my current role.

In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy playing/watching/coaching cricket as a qualified Level 2 coach. Additionally, I love spending weekends with family and friends and reading about educational leadership.


Judith Morgan

I have been a co-opted governor since September 2023 and am part of the Pupils and Strategy committee. I have recently retired from leading Nottingham Autism Team, supporting Nottingham schools with the inclusion of Autistic children and young people. Middleton Primary was on my caseload and it was always a pleasure to visit and support staff with inclusion. 
Although I am a science teacher by training, my teaching career focused on children with special educational needs (SEND) both in special school and mainstream. Recently I have picked up some work for Nottingham City SEND team which enables me to use my expertise and stay actively involved in the provision for SEND children and young people in our city.
Having moved to Nottingham in the 1980s and still living in Lenton I very much call Nottingham home. I enjoy being walking distance from the city centre, the theatres and cinemas, and our exceptional outdoor spaces including Wollaton Park, Highfields, the canal and the River Trent. Retirement has enabled me to spend more time doing the things I enjoy, time with family and friends, time for walking, gardening, swimming, theatre and visiting historic sites both local and across the UK. 


Claire Sadler Penn

I am the deputy head teacher at Middleton and take a lead on pupils’ achievement, safeguarding and all aspects of pastoral care and behaviour.      I feel privileged to have worked at the school since 2007 and been part of the amazing journey that Middleton has taken to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting Gold school. I believe that being part of this journey has transformed the school so that children’s rights and respect are now embedded in every fibre of all that we do here.  I think RRSA has also developed me as a practitioner and a person and feel very passionate that a child’s primary education should be about achieving their academic potential and learning about themselves, their rights and how they can help to shape our global community moving forwards. 

I previously worked as an assistant head teacher and SENCO at two schools. I am an avid reader and enjoy leading the Y5/6 book club, reading and appraising the most recent children’s literature and ensuring that Middleton’s fantastic fiction library is well stocked. I really enjoy exercise and my weekly run with my Year 5 running club. Outside school is all about family time with my two primary aged sons and husband and involves a lot of swimming, football and climbing, with a bit of relaxing with friends. 


Sarah Cole

I am a Class Teacher at Middleton Primary School as well as being part of the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage 1 and English Leader. I have taught at Middleton since 2017 and have been part of the Governing Body since then.

I am responsible for the development of Middleton's Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment of Reading and Writing across the school. I also support with the leading of Phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1.  

In my spare time, I like to watch my football team Coventry City, spend time outdoors with friends and family and read (lots). 


Jenna Widdowson

I am a Class Teacher at Middleton Primary School based in Early Years. I have taught in F2 and F1. I am passionate about Early Years and giving our children the best start to their school life.

I have been at Middleton since 2013 and have been part of the Governing Body since 2021.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, go on walks, read and travel as much as I can!