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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, Mrs Vera Graham.

    Chair for 2018/19 to be elected September 2018

    Email : Chair@uptoncourtgrammar.org.uk

    Dr Alex Blanchard

    Date of Appointment : 27 September 2017

    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 David Pearson

    Date of Appointment : 13 November 2014

    Appointed by the Governing Body.

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 4 out of 6

    David Pearson joined the governing body initially as a parent governor over 9 years ago.  He has lived and worked in the Slough area for most of his life. He fully supports developing new opportunities to enable each student to reach their maximum potential.

    Mr James Conlon

    Date of Appointment: 5 December 2017

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 4 out of 5

    Mr Kav Benepal

    Date of Appointment: 15 November 2017

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 6 out of 6

    Dr Nas Basra

    Date of Appointment: 15 November 2017

    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.

    Mr Neal J Grayston

    Date of Appointment : 27 September 2017

    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 Rajesh Sharma

    Governor responsible for: Safeguarding

    Date of Appointment: 4 December 2017

    Appointed by the Governing Body

    Meetings Attendance 2017/18 5 out of 5

    Mr Steve Hermes

    Date of Appointment: 8 June 2017

    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.

    Mr Vinay Dhir

    Date of Appointment: 4 December 2017

    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.

    Historic Governors (Last 12 Months)

    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