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Beaumont Primary Academy

Local Academy Board (Governing Body)

Local Academy Board Governing Body



Mr Paul Turner (Chair)

Mr Kevin Johns (Governor)


Mr Mohammed Shafiq


Mrs Fiona Thompson - Staff Governor - BPA


Mrs Zillah Doyle 

Parent Governor - BPA

Mr Mohammed Afzal

Parent Governor - MEA


 Mr Richard Edgington

Staff Governor - MEA

Mr Kash Rafiq, Principal - MEA




Miss D Kelly, Principal - BPA


Mrs Sarah Cunningham


Mr Paul K Turner - Chair

After finishing my degree in Engineering at Huddersfield University in 2003, I have been working for Cummins Turbo Technologies in a variety of different roles including Project Engineer, Operations Leader for the aftermarket remanufacturing department, and most recently within the company’s worldwide manufacturing support group where I have responsibility for new product launch strategy and integration.

Having my own children at Infant and Primary school, I take an increasing interest in their education, their environment and how school encourages and helps them to learn through interesting topics and activities.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, taking days out and about on our bikes. I also play rugby through the winter which involves many Saturday afternoons playing and some training during the week.  

Mr Kevin Johns - Governor

I have been a Governor since 2016.  I have a background in Engineering, a patternmaker by trade but moved into sales and I am now a Key Account Manager selling pneumatics for a Bradford-based company.  

Both my sons attended Moor End High School many years ago, which gave a sound education.  One is now in teaching and the other, after 10 year in the forces where he reached the rank of Captain. is now a fire fighter.

In my free time I enjoy scouting and have been a warranted leader for over 40 years.  I also officiate for UK Athletics as a time-keeper.  I have had the privilege of attending many high profile events including the 2012 London Olympics and 2017 World Championships in London.

Mohammed Shafiq - Governor

I have experience in working with teenagers and I have always been passionate about education and its importance. So much so that I have returned to University and I am currently doing a post graduate diploma is social work. My interest in helping people and communities has always been at the forefront of what I do and being a governor will enable me to support the academies in achieving excellence and adopting the academy values.  As a parent of 3 children, I value the education system and know its importance for the future of our next generation. 

In my free time, when I get any, I like cycling, walking, and spending time with my family.  

 Mrs Fiona Thompson - Staff Governor

I joined BPA in 2016 to teach Reception and lead Early Years. I have been teaching for over twenty five years, the majority in Oldham but also in Derbyshire and the West Midlands. I have specialised in Early Years for over ten years, and thoroughly enjoy seeing children develop through their first years in school. It has been a pleasure to be part of setting up our new school, and I am proud of the contribution I have made.

In my free time I enjoy travel with my family, and walking my dog in the hills near my house. I am involved in my local church, where I help to run 'Messy Church' for local families.

Mrs Zillah Doyle - Parent Governor

As a mother of four children (of various ages), I have experienced all stages of the education system from Primary School through to University. All of my children have attended Moor End Academy at some point in their educational journey with my youngest son currently being in Year 2 at Beaumont Primary Academy.  The ethos and commitment of the excellent staff within Moor End Academy inspired me to stand for the role of governor.

 I am a strong advocate of the state education system and believe that school should be more than just learning to read and write. My youngest son was actually the first child in the new pre-school and transferred very happily to Beaumont Primary Academy.

I am a local business owner with a passion for engineering and developing young people. Outside of work I play netball, watch sport in any form, and taxi my children everywhere. 

Mohammad Afzal – Parent Governor

As a parent myself, I take a keen interest in children's education and development. I feel that I have the passion, motivation and commitment to pass this onto others and make improvements, where and if needed.

My background is a mental health worker for the NHS (National Health Service). I provide care to people with mental health issues, substance misuse, poverty and other social problems. I believe my experience within this field can help the school by providing the necessary support to students. 

Within the community, I feel I am an excellent advocate and have a strong passion for ensuring all students receive a first-class education.

Richard Edgington - Staff Governor

I have recently joined MEA in 2020 to teach Computing and DT. I was initially trained and have taught in Primary Schools over the last couple of years prior to joining MEA. I have a passion for teaching and love seeing the development of pupils throughout their time in school, from their time in Primary School all the way up to their GCSE years in Secondary. I have thoroughly enjoyed my start at MEA, and it has been a pleasure to contribute to the school in any way I can.   

In my free time I enjoy spending precious time with family and friends. I really enjoy staying active by playing football, basketball and traveling as much as possible.  

Kash Rafiq - Principal, MEA

Kash Rafiq is a former Moor End Academy student who grew up on the Walpole estate. He dreamed of playing football for Liverpool FC, but his school careers adviser told him it was very unlikely to happen as there were no Asian footballers in the top league. Kash instead decided to go to college and complete his GCSEs and A levels. He was the first from his family to attend University and graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 BSC Social Sciences degree.

In 2004 Kash began his career at Intake High School as a Learning Mentor working with students who had significant barriers to learning. In this role, he successfully led on the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard; achieving Level 3 and the following year he took over a PSHCE curriculum deemed unsatisfactory by Ofsted. Following a 2008 inspection, Ofsted praised the PSHCE curriculum as innovative and that “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development were good.” In 2007, Kash further enhanced his experience by joining Education Leeds as an advisor on community cohesion, achievement and PSHCE supporting schools across the city.


Kash secured the role of Year 11 School Leader in 2007 and gained qualified teacher status at this time, consistently achieving a 90% A*-C pass rate in Religious Education and Sociology. In 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Principal, leading on KS4 Achievement and SMSC at Leeds West Academy and oversaw the 3-year significant rise in GCSE results from 21% to 57% (E/M+3) and 31% to 82% for 5+ GCSE. Kash was also part of the leadership team that secured ‘Good with Outstanding leadership’ in 2012.
Kash became Vice Principal at Leeds East Academy in April 2013, leading on behaviour and safety which had been deemed inadequate. When Ofsted re-visited the Academy in January 2015 they noted “The behaviour of students in classes had been transformed and behaviour was no longer a barrier to student progress.” Due to being highly impactful as Vice Principal, he was promoted to Senior Vice Principal in 2016 and subsequently to Associate Principal in 2017. Leeds East Academy moved from being the worst performing secondary school in Leeds, with a Progress 8 score of -0.74, to a school in the top 9th percentile of schools nationally, with a validated Progress 8 score of +0.33.
During a 15-year career in education, Kash has gained a depth and breadth of leadership experience due to leading on a wide range of high profile leadership roles and has an impressive proven track record of raising standards in behaviour, T and L and outcomes, as well as the experience of developing and coaching colleagues to many middle and senior leadership positions.

He was appointed as Principal of Moor End Academy in March 2018. Kash Rafiq says “I am truly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of educational excellence. As the Principal I am passionate about the belief that all individuals need to feel valued and encouraged and I’m committed to delivering an outstanding education to each one of our students”.

Debbie Kelly - Principal, BPA

I attended Moor End High School in the 1980s, before going on to Huddersfield New College and then The University College of Ripon and York St John, where I graduated with a B.Ed Honours 2:1 in 1993 as a qualified primary school teacher, with a Linguistics specialism.

I taught for 2 years on the North East Coast, living by the seaside before going to live and teach in Barcelona for 4 years. I returned to Huddersfield in 1998 and I have taught in Kirklees schools ever since. Prior to this headship, I worked as a teacher, senior leader and deputy, taking responsibility over the years for all aspects of running a successful school where children thrive. I worked part time for several years, when I had my own children and returned to full time teaching when I took up my deputy post, which I did for 5 years before joining South Pennine Academies.

 Being appointed to open Beaumont Primary Academy, a brand-new school has undoubtedly been the most challenging, exciting, exhausting and satisfying thing I have ever done and a real once in a lifetime opportunity. Beaumont is everything that I learned along the way - it is a school where the well-being of everyone is at the forefront of what we do. A place where we nurture, care, challenge and push so that we can all achieve our potential but done so in a safe space built upon trust and passion. The staff at Beaumont have a strong moral purpose at their core and every one of us acts in the very best interest of our children.

 I am very proud of everything we have achieved so far - Beaumont is a very special place and know that we have much more to do. I am proud to work for South Pennine Academies and have the support of so many amazing people who are part of our organisation.

 Away from school, I still live locally with my partner Steve and my teenage children, Zak and Jess. We have a dog we enjoy walking and I am lucky to be near to my dad, my sister and her family. Family and friends are my very happy place.

 I feel very blessed to still be doing a job I have absolutely loved doing for nearly 30 years and there is not a day, when I do not look forward to the day that lies ahead. Working with children and an amazing community is a real privilege. I truly believe that I have a duty to lead a school which ensures every child reaches their potential and strength, socially, emotionally and academically so that children can move forward and make choices about their future.


Sarah Cunningham - Governor

Sarah is the Primary Improvement Advisor for South Pennine Academies and the Deputy Director of the Huddersfield Horizon SCITT.   

She has worked in Kent, London, Hertfordshire and Kirklees, and has been a Foundation Stage Leader, both a Key Stage 1 and 2 Leader and an Assistant Head/Head of School.   In schools she has lead Literacy, ICT, Early Years, Planning and Assessment, PSHCE, mentored NQTs and tutored teachers and students through various stages of their teacher career and training.  

Sarah has delivered regional training for local authorities, Huddersfield University for the BA QTS course and in-school professional development for NQTs, teaching staff, middle and senior leaders.  

In 2013 Sarah was designated a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Literacy, Planning and Assessment, Behaviour Management and Early Years. Sarah is also a SATs Moderator for Kirklees Local Authority.