At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils At the forefront of education for over 100 years Education at Upton Court is about inspirational teachers and aspirational pupils
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  • Meet the Governing Body

    The governing body supports the head of school and staff of Upton Court Grammar School in delivering a world class education to the students. The governors come from a variety of backgrounds, and add to the diversity of the school by supporting it in a number of ways. The governing body consists of external, parent and staff governors; more information about each member can be found below.

    Governors have a term of office of 4 years, but may be re-appointed; the dates indicated below show commencement of the latest term of office.

    If you wish to get in touch with any member of the governing body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Ms Louie Murphy.

     

    Mr Rajesh Sharma Chair of Governors

    Date of Appointment: 4 December 2017

    Term of office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 5 out of 5

    Email : Chair@uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk

    Rajesh is a former student of the school.  After leaving, Rajesh studied for degrees in Politics, Economics and Law, culminating in being called to the Bar.  His experience spans the fields of manufacturing, business, technology and law at a senior level.

    Rajesh credits the high quality and inspirational teaching and guidance he received at this school for much of what he has achieved and for enhancing the quality of his daily life. 

     

    Mr Vinay Dhir Vice Chair of Governors

    Governor responsible for: Safeguarding

    Date of Appointment: 4 December 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 5 out of 5

    Vinay Dhir has been working in higher education for seventeen years and currently heads a team of senior network and communication engineers. Vinay has delivered large scale secure IT infrastructures and has extensive experience with Data, Voice and IT Security. Vinay is a key technology innovator and believes that as schools become more autonomous IT is essential to underpin teaching and learning. Vinay is committed to providing more opportunities for the next generation of young adults by sharing his experience from Academia.

     

    Dr Alex Blanchard

    Date of Appointment : 27 September 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body.

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 2 out of 6

    Alex Blanchard joined the governing body 8 years ago. Alex is a Section Head of R&D Microbiology at Procter and Gamble. Alex was awarded a Research Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Microbiology at the University of Brighton, a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath and a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter.

     

    Mr Kav Benepal

    Date of Appointment: 15 November 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 6 out of 6

    Kavanjot Benepal is a graduate of the school who went on to study Mathematics at the University of Warwick and now works in actuarial analytics in the insurance sector. With a strategic mindset and a passion for skills-development, he brings to the board a range of teaching experience in school classrooms, youth clubs, and individual mentoring across all ages. Kav is committed to push the school to build links with professional organisations and support the students in pursuing the highest career aspirations.

     

    Dr Nas Basra

    Date of Appointment: 15 November 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 6 out of 6

    Narinder Basra is a Staff Governor and teaches Maths at UCGS.  He retrained as a teacher in 2014.  Prior to this he earned a PhD in Applied Maths from the University of Cambridge, carrying out a research project for the Ministry of Defence, and also worked in Financial Services for eleven years.  Narinder grew up in Slough and is an alumnus of the school.  He believes in the value of a broad curriculum which develops the whole pupil.

     

    Ms Kiran Garcha

    Date of Appointment : 24 January 2019

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body.

    Kiran Garcha grew up in West London and gained an MSc in Health & Disease from Birkbeck College, London and an MA in Marketing Communications from Westminster Business School, London through part-time study whilst working for a healthcare consultancy in London. Kiran is a qualified and award-winning marketing professional with over 10 years experienced gained from various roles within the pharmaceutical industry and is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Institute of Digital Marketing, London. Kiran has a keen interest in personal development, coaching and is an advocate for utilising acquired marketing and commercial skills to contribute and make a difference to the local community, in particular children’s education and women’s wellbeing.

     

    Mr Neal J Grayston

    Date of Appointment : 27 September 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body.

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 3 out of 6

    Business Interest : Director of Class Technology Solutions Ltd, provider of ICT to Upton Court Grammar School

    Neal Grayston is the Managing Director of a leading technology company based in West Sussex. He has been a Governor since November 2002 and is dedicated to public service and to the teaching and learning objectives of the school.

     

    Mr Steve Hermes

    Date of Appointment: 8 June 2017

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 4 out of 6

    Stephen Hermes attended his local comprehensive school in Sunbury-on-Thames before going up to Magdalen College, Oxford where he gained a masters’ degree in chemistry. Afterwards, he completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has worked in secondary education for the last thirteen years. He is currently a House Master at Eton College. Stephen is passionate about education inside and outside the classroom. He is particularly interested in the development of evidence-based practice in education and is a Teacher Fellow working on cutting-edge research on ‘Growth Mindset’ and prosocial attitudes in partnership with colleagues at Harvard University’s Education School.

     

    Mrs Ramandeep Kaur 

    Date of Appointment: 9th April 2019

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2019 1 out of 2

    I was born and raised in a town called Jabalpur, which resides in the central state of India called Madhya Pradesh.  My schooling is from St. Joseph’s Convent girl’s school, something I am very proud of.  My school has been the best part of my life and has helped me grow, groom develop in numerous ways.  I studied Maths and science in my senior school as majors and then completed a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi University, Jabalpur in 2003.

    It was then when I entered the real world and was introduced to the corporate work and culture.

    My first job was of a call centre agent but working for Microsoft, supporting MSN messenger made it worthwhile. This really helped me to develop communication and personal skills, something which I learnt and carried forward in every industry I worked for.

    I moved to England in 2006 after I got married and soon started seeking opportunities within the IT world. I was fortunate to find my first opportunity as a Business Analyst with IBM one of the big names in IT.  I switched from one role to the other and ended up working with  Marks and Spencer’s for few years as a Project coordinator helping to setup the IT Infrastructure for new stores.  I then moved my way up as Junior PM & PM and worked for reputed organisations like Linklaters, Marks and Spencer’s again,  Kuoni Travels,  Fujitsu and now with KMPG.  The journey has been challenging, yet very satisfying as I achieved and accomplished what I had targeted for.

     

    Historic Governors (Last 12 Months)

    Mr James Conlon

    Date of Appointment: 5 December 2017

    Date stepped down: 19 January 2019

    Term of Office: 4 years

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 4 out of 5

    Mr David Pearson

    Date of Appointment : 13 November 2014

    Date stepped down: 12 November 2018

    Appointed by the Governing Body.

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 4 out of 6

    Mr Nigel Miller

    Former Chair of Governors

    Date of Appointment : 1 October 2015

    Date stepped down : 20 July 2018

    Appointed by the Governing Body. 

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 2 out of 6

    Dr Ammara Ashraf

    Date of Appointment: 15 November 2017

    Date stepped down : 20 July 2018

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 5 out of 6

    Ms Laura Bellerby

    Date of Appointment : 23 November 2016

    Date stepped down : 20 July 2018

    Appointed by the Governing Body. 

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 2 out of 6

    Mr David Maitland

    Vice Chair of Governors

    Date of Appointment : 14 September 2016

    Date stepped down : 31 August 2018

    Appointed by the Governing Body. 

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 2 out of 6

    Mr Russell Ford

    Governor Responsible for: Safeguarding

    Date of Appointment : 25 March 2014

    Date stepped down: 24 March 2018

    Appointed by Parents.

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 2 out of 4