Governing Body


The Governing Body


The governing body consists of:

  • Seven governors appointed by Members of the Trust

  • One governor appointed by Members of the Trust specifically to represent the Sikh faith

  • Two parent governors elected by parents of children at the school

  • Two staff governors elected by school staff

  • The Headteacher

The governing body meets at least three times a year. It operates three main committees, which meet at least once a term and usually more frequently:

  • Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare

  • Finance and Human Resources

  • Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety

The governing body also operates a Pay Committee, a Headteachers’ Appraisal Committee and task groups as needed.



Board of Governors 2020/2021


Name Appointed By Role(s) Committee Membership Term of Office
Paramjit Kaur Trust Members Chair of Governors Finance & HR 06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Navjot Kaur Virk Trust Members Joint Vice Chair of Governors Safeguarding Governor 06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Daljit Singh Virk Trust Members Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare
Finance & HR
06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Sarbjit Bitter Trust Members Finance & HR (Chair) 20/09/18 to 19/09/22
Rod Dubrow-Marshall Trust Members Joint Vice Chair of Governors Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety
Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare
09/09/19 to 08/09/23
Vicki Kavanagh Trust Members Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 04/12/18 to 03/12/22
Elaine Bowen Trust Members Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Shagun Trust Members Sikh Faith Finance & HR 22/07/20 to 21/07/24
Parmjit Singh Bilan Elected by Parents Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety 07/03/19 to 06/03/23
Jayprakash Joshi Elected by Parents Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 02/04/20 to 01/04/24
Heather Carr Elected by Staff Assistant Head Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare 25/09/18 to 24/09/22
Matthew Hallam Elected by Staff Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety 07/03/19 to 06/03/23
Julie Fellowes Ex Officio Headteacher All Committees 01/09/17

Governors Whose Term of Office Ended in 2019-20


Name Appointed By Role(s) Committee Membership Term of Office
Maninder Singh Purewal Elected by Parents
(term of office expired 30.11.19)
Safeguarding, Premises & Pupil Welfare 01/12/15 to 30/11/19
Tirath Singh Dhatt Trust Members
(resigned 22.7.20)
Sikh Faith Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 06/12/16 to 05/12/20

Governor Pen Portraits (Internal Link)



Governors' Attendance Information


Name 2017-18 (FGB Only) 2018-19 (FGB Only) 2019-20 (All Meetings)
Daljit Singh Virk 3/4 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance & HR)
Paramjit Kaur 4/4 4/4 4/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance & HR)
Navjot Kaur Virk 4/4 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety)
Sarbjit Bitter 3/4 3/4 4/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance & HR)
Rod Dubrow-Marshall 4/4 3/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare)
Vicki Kavanagh N/A 2/3 4/5 (FGB)
0/2 (Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare)
Elaine Bowen 2/4 3/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare)
Shagun N/A N/A N/A
Parmjit Singh Bilan N/A 2/2 4/5 (FGB)
2/4 (Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety)
Jayprakash Joshi N/A N/A 0/3 (FGB)
1/1 (Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare)
1/1 (Finance & HR)
Heather Carr N/A 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare)
Matthew Hallam N/A 2/2 5/5 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety)
Julie Fellowes 4/4 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
1/2 (Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare)
4/4 (Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety)
6/7 (Finance & HR)
Maninder Singh Purewal 3/4 4/4 2/2 (FGB)
0/1 (Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety)
Tirath Singh Dhatt 4/4 4/4 2/5 (FGB)
1/2 (Education, Standards and Pupil Welfare)


Governors' Business Interests


Name Business Interest
Daljit Singh Virk 26/09/20 - Father-in-law of Navjot K Virk, Governor at Akaal Primary School
05/01/21 - Appointed Member of the Sikh Academy Trust, Slough
Paramjit Kaur 08/09/20 - None
Navjot Kaur Virk 26/09/20 - Head of Post Graduate Provision at University of Derby
Parent Governor (from 23/09/19) at Derby Grammar School
Daughter-in-law of Daljit S Virk, Governor at Akaal Primary School
Director of J Virk Properties
Sarbjit Bitter 29/09/20 - Director, Finance Support (Midlands) Ltd & Director, MC2 Ltd
Rod Dubrow-Marshall 02/11/20 - University of Salford
Director/Trustee, Northern Schools Trust, Liverpool
Governor, North Liverpool Academy
Trustee/Director, Preston Guild Link Charity
Director/Trustee, International Cultic Studies Associatio
Director - Re-Entry Therapy Information and Referral Network (RETIRN UK)
Vicki Kavanagh 29/08/20 - Vice Chair of Governors, St Martins C of E Primary, Tipton Sandwell
Elaine Bowen 31/08/20 - Director, The Rowley Trust Ltd
Shagun 08/10/20 - Director, SK Developers Ltd and Director, Harnest Ltd
Parmjit Singh Bilan 25/09/20 - None
Jayprakash Joshi 14/10/20 - None
Heather Carr 27/08/20 - Daughter of Catherine Arundel, teacher at Akaal Primary School
Step-daughter of Steve Arundel, Clerk to the Akaal Academy Trust Derby Ltd
Matthew Hallam 02/09/20 - None
Julie Fellowes 02/09/20 - None
Maninder Singh Purewal 28/11/19 - Director of Punjab Times Trust Ltd
Son of Rajinder Singh Purewal, Member, Akaal Academy Trust Derby Ltd
Tirath Singh Dhatt 03/09/19 - Brother-in-law of Sarbjit Bitter, Governor at Akaal Primary School
Steve Arundel - Clerk to the Governors 05/11/20 - Husband of Catherine Arundel, and Step-father to Heather Carr (both teachers at Akaal Primary School)