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
Our Upton Court Grammar School Open Evening will take place virtually this academic year on Wednesday 30th September 4.00-7.00pm. Information about the range of virtual activities available on Open Evening can be found here. If prospective parents and/or students would like to ask Headteacher Mr Pritchard and Deputy Head Mr King a question about our school please submit your question through the Open Evening information page. We look forward to welcoming prospective parents and students to our virtual Open Evening!

For details of the full opening of Upton Court Grammar School for all year groups in September please click here.

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 2019/20 6 out of 6

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 2019/20 6 out of 6

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 2019/20 6 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 2019/20 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 2019/20 5 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

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by the Governing Body.

Meetings Attendance 2019/20 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 2019/20 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.

Historic Governors (Last 12 Months)

Ms Kiran Garcha

Date of Appointment : 24 January 2019

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by the Governing Body

Meetings Attendance 2019/20 0 out of 6

Mrs Ramandeep Kaur 

Date of Appointment: 9 April 2019

Date stepped down: 25 September 2019

Term of Office: 4 years

Appointed by the Governing Body

Meetings Attendance 2019 1 out of 2

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

 

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Pioneer Register of disclosures of interest - Governors 2020