Rizwana is currently the Head teacher of Carlton Junior and Infant School, serving a community with high levels of deprivation and crime. She joined Carlton in 2008 as deputy when the school was significantly below the floor targets. In 2010 the school achieved OFSTED ‘good’. In the school’s most recent OFSTED 2015, Rizwana’s leadership was noted as ‘exceptional and inspirational’. OFSTED noted the rapid impact on standards, attitudes of pupils and parental engagement and Rizwana was nominated as ‘Head of the Year’ for the National Diversity Award and the Sue Ryder Yorkshire ‘Women of Achievement’ Award. Carlton is now an oversubscribed school and highly rated by the community it serves. As a result, Rizwana works with new heads in helping them to audit and drive key areas of school improvement.
Prior to joining Kirklees, Rizwana earned a reputation of being an outstanding practitioner in various leadership roles. Upon receiving a Best Action Research Scholarship, she carried out research on accelerated learning strategies and social engineering. She has written various CPD programmes for staff. Her recent programme ‘Striving for Excellence’ is currently being used as an example of quality CPD for other schools.
Rizwana’s other roles are Trustee of a MAT in a neighbouring authority, Vice Chair, Coach and mentor to aspiring and new leaders. Rizwana is a member of the YH Diversity Steering Group and is very keen to help promote and develop future women and BME leaders.