Bill Alexander – Chair of Governors
Bill has over 35 years’ service in the education sector, including 24 years in a variety of senior positions in schools, local authority and examination board. His experience includes Early Years to post 16.
As an Assistant Director for Raising Achievement, he unusually retained an advisory role for primary, secondary and special school across Slough LA. Bill has worked in and supported both high achieving and schools in challenging circumstances. Under his guidance the LA service was deemed to be good with outstanding features.
He has also been a governor in a variety of schools – primary and secondary, and his services have been frequently called upon where governance issues had been identified as an issue. Bill was recruited as Chair of Governors to a local school to work with the new headteacher and senior team to support the school out of special measures. Bill’s significant contribution was recognised in the section 5 report, in turning around the governing body and providing the necessary challenge and support to the headteacher. In addition, as a LA Assistant Director, he has had the unenviable task of calling governing bodies to account and on occasions successfully created Interim Executive Boards where required. He is adept at providing both challenge and support as the need arises.
Rhodri Bryant – Co-Opted Governor
Rhodri was educated at Monmouth Boys School in South Wales before going to the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth where he trained as a PE teacher on a 4 year Batchelor of Education Degree. He then spent most of his 22 years teaching in Hertfordshire apart from a 2 year stint in Enfield as a Deputy Headteacher responsible for student behaviour. He was the Headeacher at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead for 6 years before joining The Langley Academy in April 2012 as the Principal. In September 2014 Rhodri was appointed Executive Principal for the newly formed Langley Academy Trust which incorporates one secondary and two primary schools. Rhodri has three children. He is also a passionate Welshman who loves Rugby and Golf.
John Constable – Co-Opted Governor
John Constable is headteacher at Langley Grammar School. Prior to his appointment in 2010 he held senior leadership posts in selective and partially-selective schools in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, and originally qualified as a Physics teacher. He is a trained Ofsted inspector and a National Leader of Education with experience of supporting school improvement through the Slough Teaching School Alliance. He is a committed member of the Slough Association of Secondary Headteachers and a member of the SASH Education Trust.
Emma Shackell - Parent Governor
Emma is our Lead Governor for Safeguarding and has 20 year’s experience in the Public Sector working within Greater London and the Thames Valley area and is also a Business Owner in the Utilities market. Emma’s daughter is a pupil in year 7 and has settled in very well to secondary school life. Emma is also an active member of the Ditton Park Academy Parent Teachers Association.
Vicki Hill – Parent Governor
Vicki has worked at Heathrow Airport for 27 years covering many different aspects of various roles within this time. More recently this covers Administration and Human Resources, including Disciplinary.
Petra Rau – Parent Governor
Born and educated in Germany, Petra has been living in England for 25 years. After her two children, now aged 17 and 12, had started school she decided to change her career from being a Holistic Beauty Therapist to working as support staff in schools, initially secondary, now primary. Petra then graduated from Bucks New University in 2015 with a first degree BA (Hons) in Primary Education and is currently finishing her Initial Teacher Training at a local primary school. Petra feels passionately about making good education available for all children and is the governor responsible for the provision of SEN at Ditton Park Academy.
Ashfaq Khan - Community Governor/Vice-Chair
Ashfaq Khan qualified as a pharmacist in 1990 and has worked in a number of pharmacy and business management roles over the last 25 years. He currently works for the NHS as a senior pharmacist, leading a team of pharmacists providing medicines management support to GPs in Westminster. Ashfaq is a member of Ditton Park Academy’s Finance Committee. Ashfaq’s son is also a student at Ditton Park Academy.
Mugtaba Badr - Community Governor
Mugtaba Badr has been working in the commodity trading space for the last 5 years in a number of roles. He currently works on the gas desk at an Oil & Gas major.
Gillian Dawson - Staff Governor
Gillian Dawson is a qualified teacher who is the lead Creative Arts teacher at Ditton Park Academy. She has also worked locally at Windsor Boys School, Upton Court Grammar School, Slough and is an ongoing Curriculum Advisor for the Green Room School, Windsor.
Nick Caulfield - Principal
Nick Caulfield has been a qualified teacher for over 21 years and has enjoyed every moment of his career to date. He trained at Carnegie College, Leeds where he graduated with a BEd Honours degree specialising in Physical Education. Sport will always play an important role in his life as he believes it encourages the development of teamwork, leadership, hard work, healthy lifestyles and decision making qualities along with an insistence on the highest expectations and standards.
Before moving to Longford Community School in 1998 he taught in Camberley, Surrey. He was appointed as sole Deputy Principal of Rivers Academy in 2012, having previously becoming a Deputy Head teacher in 2005.
Mr Caulfield feels privileged to be the Principal of Ditton Park Academy and to be a part of shaping the future of education in Slough in a time of significant and rapid change. He believes that as individuals we are all unique and that is why this very unique situation of working in very close collaboration with all the secondary school Head teachers in Slough is very exciting and can only lead to a very bright and successful future for its young people.