I was born and have grown up in inner city Birmingham. As a child I attended Highfield Junior & Infant School, a large Victorian built primary school in the Saltley area of the city. I was delighted when Highfield joined our family of schools, becoming the third member of the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT), in 2015. My parents were first generation immigrants from Pakistan and from a very early age instilled in me the value and transformational power of education, a journey that I began at Highfield in 1978 as a four-year-old who spoke no English.
My background and past experiences give me a unique insight into the communities I currently serve as Executive Headteacher and CEO of PACT. There are currently more than 3000 children at the five primary schools and one brand-new secondary school that make up the PACT Family. We understand that from time to time some of our children and families experience very challenging circumstances, we are clear in our belief however that there is no excuse for underachievement and that regardless of their situation; all of our pupils will fulfil their potential.
As educators and those responsible for building the foundations for future educational success for our children, we believe that everything that happens in the school, must be good enough for our own children if we are to accept it as good enough for the pupils that we serve. I insist that all staff have to buy into this philosophy.
This message has been embraced by all staff and as a result; all schools within the Trust have undertaken significant improvements in the quality of teaching and learning and I am confident that all our schools are excellent institutions that I would be proud to send my own children to.
I lead a highly committed and talented group of people who go above and beyond on a daily basis in order to ensure that our pupils get the most out of their education. We value highly and invest heavily in our staff development in order that we have the very best people working with our children.
For many of our pupils, as it was for me, growing up in inner city Birmingham, this is their one chance to secure a future for themselves and their families. The gravity of our responsibility must never be underestimated.