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, HR, Audit & Risk

  • Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Estate Management

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



Board of Governors 2021/2022


Name Appointed By Role(s) Committee Membership Term of Office
Paramjit Kaur Trust Members Chair of Governors Finance, HR, Audit & Risk 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, Audit & Risk
06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Sarbjit Bitter Trust Members Finance, HR, Audit & Risk (Chair) 20/09/18 to 19/09/22
Rod Dubrow-Marshall Trust Members Joint Vice Chair of Governors Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Estate Management
Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare
09/09/19 to 08/09/23
Vacancy Trust Members
Elaine Bowen Trust Members Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 06/07/18 to 05/07/22
Shagun Trust Members Sikh Faith Finance, HR, Audit & Risk 22/07/20 to 21/07/24
Parmjit Singh Bilan Elected by Parents Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Estate Management 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, Health & Safety and Estate Management 07/03/19 to 06/03/23
Julie Fellowes Ex Officio Headteacher All Committees 01/09/17

Governors Whose Term of Office Ended in 2020-21


Name Appointed By Role(s) Committee Membership Term of Office
Vicki Kavanagh Trust Members (Resigned 19/08/21) Education, Standards & Pupil Welfare 04/12/18 to 03/12/22

Governor Pen Portraits (Internal Link)



Governors' Attendance Information


Name 2018-19 (FGB Only) 2019-20 (All Meetings) 2020-21 (All Meetings)
Daljit Singh Virk 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
4/4 (FGB)
6/6 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
4/4 (Education, Standards & PW)
Paramjit Kaur 4/4 4/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
4/4 (FGB)
6/6 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
4/4 (Education, Standards & PW)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
Navjot Kaur Virk 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
4/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
Sarbjit Singh Bitter 3/4 4/5 (FGB)
7/7 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
4/4 (FGB)
6/6 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
Rod Dubrow-Marshall 3/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards & PW)
4/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Education, Standards & PW)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
Vicki Kavanagh 2/3 4/5 (FGB)
0/2 (Education, Standards & PW)
1/4 (FGB)
3/4 (Education, Standards & PW)
Elaine Bowen 3/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards & PW)
4/4 (FGB)
3/4 (Education, Standards & PW)
Shagun N/A N/A 4/4 (FGB)
3/6 (Finance, HR, Audit & Risk)
Parmjit Singh Bilan 2/2 4/5 (FGB)
2/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
2/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
Jay Joshi N/A 0/3 (FGB)
1/1 (Education, Standards and PW)
1/1 (Finance & HR)
2/4 (FGB)
1/4 (Education, Standards and PW)
Heather Carr 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
2/2 (Education, Standards and PW)
4/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Education, Standards and PW)
Matthew Hallam 2/2 5/5 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
4/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Safeguarding, H&S, E/M)
Julie Fellowes 4/4 5/5 (FGB)
1/2 (Education, Standards and PW)
4/4 (Safeguarding, He&S, E/M)
6/7 (Finance & HR)
4/4 (FGB)
4/4 (Education, Standards and PW)
3/4 (Safeguarding, He&S, E/M)
6/6 (Finance & HR)


Governors' Business Interests


Name Business Interest
Daljit Singh Virk 27/07/21 - Father-in-law of Navjot K Virk, Governor at Akaal Primary School
Appointed Member of the Sikh Academy Trust, Slough
Paramjit Kaur 27/07/21 - None
Navjot Kaur Virk 27/07/21 - Head of Midwifery, Children & Post Reg 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 07/09/21 - Director, Finance Support (Midlands) Ltd & Director, MC2 Ltd
Rod Dubrow-Marshall 16/09/21 - 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)
Elaine Bowen 17/09/21 - Elaine Bowen Educational Consultancy (since Sept 2016)
Shagun 16/09/21 - Director, SK Developers Ltd and Director, Harnest Ltd
Parmjit Singh Bilan 13/09/21 - None
Jayprakash Joshi 27/07/21 - None
Heather Carr 01/09/21 - Daughter of Catherine Arundel, teacher at Akaal Primary School
Step-daughter of Steve Arundel, Governance Professional to the Akaal Academy Trust Derby Ltd
Lives with another member of staff
Matthew Hallam 01/09/21 - None
Julie Fellowes 18/09/21 - 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)