Our Team

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Farzana Aldridge

Strategic Director

Farzana was appointed as the BSP Strategic Manager in April 2014 and has gained similar experience leading the Harrow School Improvement Partnership. Farzana has worked in senior roles in a number of different local authorities including in Bristol as Strategy Leader for School Improvement, in Milton Keynes as Assistant Director for Early Years and Access, in Peterborough as Quality Assurance Officer, and in Northamptonshire as Head of Curriculum Services and Training. Farzana has been a teacher, headteacher, advisory headteacher and an Ofsted inspector.

Farzana’s vision is to lead Partners for Excellence- Brent Schools Partnership in representing the aspirations of Brent schools and providing a service that caters for their needs as schools progress and improve.

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Steve Walters

Finance and Contracts Manager

Steve is a very experienced governor in primary and secondary schools. As an LA Governance Adviser providing training, support, challenge and consultancy to individual governing bodies (including schools judged by Ofsted to be requiring improvement or special measures) he has enabled many governing bodies to be more effective in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities.

As an Estyn inspector he has gained an excellent understanding of applying rigorous criteria for school review and evaluation. His particular focus has been on the effectiveness of student pastoral care and welfare.

Steve has supported Headteachers and governors in understanding the critical links between teacher performance, appraisal and pay. He has reviewed governing body policies in these areas to ensure that they meet statutory responsibilities, and that the underpinning processes are effective. In relation to other aspects of school management, Steve has provided very effective support in areas such as student welfare and management of exclusion processes.

Steve’s background in finance and business management has supported many schools and local authorities in establishing effective marketing and management procedures. In his role as the Business and Leadership Adviser in a very successful local authority, he was able to transform processes and procedures for the effective delivery of services to schools.

Steve is highly respected by schools for his support and challenge, which is always delivered in a positive and productive manner. He provides both strategic and operational support to school leaders and governors through his thorough understanding of the critical role of school governors and leaders in securing improvement in schools.