What is the role of the governing body?
Governing bodies are responsible and accountable for all major decisions about the school and its future. Governors have a legal responsibility to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors work in partnership with the head teacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.
The governing body has 3 main roles:
- To set strategic direction
- To monitor and evaluate performance
- To ensure accountability
What do governors do?
School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to parents and the community. The responsibilities of the governing body include:
- promoting high standards of education and achievement
- planning the school’s long-term future
- setting the school’s aims and values
- appointing senior staff including the Head teacher
- budgetary allocation and control
- deciding on the number of staff to be employed
- making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced
Sally Thompson - Chair of Governors
Sally has recently retired from a post as Vice Principal of an Academy in Sandwell and therefore brings a wealth of educational knowledge and experience to the governing body. Sally's aim is to work towards a vision that the children at the school will get the best possible education, that they will be happy and safe and enjoy their time at school. Sally's role is to support the head teacher and the SLT, but also to challenge rigorously where necessary to ensure the above outcomes.
Ragbir Singh - Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee
Education is about vision: a vision for the future of young people, a vision to help young people to succeed and a vision to inspire and engage them to achieve their full potential. It is evident that The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton has a clear vision to raise standards of education, in order to provide students with opportunities to achieve. Throughout my career my skills as a teacher and a leader have been recognised by Ofsted and the schools that I have worked in and I have expertise in a range of areas including curriculum, data and school systems that I feel would help the school on its continued journey towards excellence.
I am an experienced manager and teacher of English and have helped several school in terms of raising attainment. The school I currently work in is on its journey out of special measures and a great deal has been achieved over the course of the last year, including the highest attainment in English Language since the school’s opening. Prior to this role, I have helped secure outstanding progress at attainment at my previous school, Broadway Academy, including moving results in English from the fifties to 69% A*-C in English Language and 84% A*-C in English Literature. I also helped move Stuart Bathurst from the bottom quartile of the League Tables (Sandwell) to the third highest achieving school in terms of GCSE attainment.
Major Singh Rana - Chair of Finances and Resources Committee
Major is Head of Tax for Müller Dairy UK and has been with the business for over 14 years. Prior to joining Müller Major was with Ernst & Young and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Corporate Treasurer and Chartered Tax Advisor. Major joined the Board of Governors in May 2016 and Heads up the Finance Committee. Major is married with two sons and is also on the board of a local Football club. He enjoys jogging in his spare time and holds a season ticket at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jaswinder Kaur Sangha - Principal and Staff Governor
It is my passion for the learning of languages that brought me into education. After studying for my ‘A’ levels in French, Spanish, and English, I went on to study for a BA Joint Honours degree in Modern Languages. This gave me a sound grounding for pursuing a career in education and I went on to undertake a PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London, which equipped me to teach French and Spanish from beginner to ‘A’ level.
My career as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, enabled me to achieve the positions of: Head of Department, Assistant Head, Deputy Head teacher and now Principal. I have successfully led MFL Departments through several OFSTED inspections and engaged with a further four as a senior leader.
One of the highlights of my career was attaining Language College Specialist Status for one of my former schools which then led me to become Director of Specialism. This gave me the foundation to set up a Comenius exchange project; establish Community links, set up adult classes, teach Languages at KS2 as well as deliver whole school CPD; focussing on Teaching & Learning and data driven school transformation, with a view to raising whole school attainment.
As a Senior Leader, I have had responsibilities for working predominantly with Year 11 students to assist them in preparing for their end of KS4 exams by developing new rewards programmes, Risk Registers for monitoring their achievement, Assertive Mentoring programmes and Year 11 interventions, as well as ensuring the accuracy of all external examination entries and checking Performance Tables for Key Stages 4 & 5 prior to the publication of the annual Raise reports.
Furthermore, I have set up school PTAs to fundraise for charities, organised whole school events such as the Year 11 PROM and staff awards evenings, as well as line managed academic and curriculum support areas. I have also successfully managed a split site school.
I therefore believe, that with my 30 years of experience in education, I am ideally placed as Principal and Staff Governor at TBSS to assist in moving our school forward in its exciting journey to achieve outstanding status.
Palwinder Singh Chatha - Governor
I consider it an honour to serve The British Sikh School as one of the Founding Governors. Coming from a working class background, I realised the importance of education and its impact on local community.
I left St. Peters Collegiate School with A levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Punjabi to study Pharmacy at De Mont Fort University. After attaining a B.Sc. honours in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPharm), I worked in Research and Development within the Pharmaceutical sector for several years.
After leaving a Senior Managerial role in production I attained a P.G.C.E. in Secondary Science and became a Science Teacher. In over 11 years of teaching, I have worked in a wide ranging Secondary Schools such as Free Schools, Voluntary funded Schools, challenging schools as well as high achieving schools. I have taught Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry up to and including A level.
It is therefore with great passion and vigour I supported the development of the school, along with its ethos. I say this as a Teacher, Founding and current Governor to this school, Citizen of Wolverhampton but also as a Parent. My motivations for being a Governor remain the same as ever since the day of the school’s conception: to contribute my skills, experience and time to support schools and school leaders in doing the very best job they can for our community, and our children.
James Morris - Governor
James is a director of a IT company in Wolverhampton that provides services to schools. James’s extensive experience in this field will ensure that The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton develops an innovative ICT strategy and solutions that enhance the learning process.
Charlotte Harding - Staff Governor
I have been in education for over 20 years. I trained in English at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster University. I then completed my PGCE in English. I started teaching in various inner city schools in Birmingham in 1996, and have seen many changes in the way teachers and students need to work together.
Governance is an area of school life that has always interested me and I relished the opportunity to join the board of Governors for TBSS. I enjoy knowing how things work and also the opportunity to suggest my own ideas. I have been described at ‘passionate’ and I suppose that when it comes to enabling students to thrive academically and personally, then there is some truth to it.
I have recently taken on the role of Governor with responsibility for SEND which I consider to be a real priority. Students should be given every chance to excel, regardless of their starting point.
On a more personal level, I sing and perform with Harlequin Pantomime Productions. Last year the pantomime was ‘Puss in Boots’. This year we are starting to prepare ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ which I help to write. When I’m not performing in shows, I take part in various running related activities. I have completed 3 half marathons and I am training for my first full marathon; The Birmingham International Marathon, later in October 2017. I will run this to raise money for TBSS and also Cancer Research UK. I welcome sponsorship. 26.2 miles is a long way to run.
Harpreet Kaur Dhillon - Staff Governor
I am a charismatic individual with a thirst for knowledge from people in all different fields and diverse backgrounds. Before becoming a teaching assistant, I have 4 years of helping manage the family businesses (newsagent, fish and chip shop and a hairdresser). I work closely with the EAL students and support the Punjabi enrichment programme at TBSS, as I have GCSEs and A levels in Punjabi. I am responsible for inducting the children and assessing their English skills.
I completed my GCSEs at Bruntcliffe High School, as well as completing my 5 A levels at Bruntcliffe 6th form. I studied History, Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics, English language and Punjabi. From this I then moved onto Huddersfield University where I graduated in 2011 with a Law degree. I have also completed various online courses such as data management, office management, first aid course, advanced safeguarding children level 2. I have also spent 2 years at the Gurdwara on a voluntary basis teaching the first classes Punjabi every Saturday and Sunday. I am currently finishing off my level 3 and level 4 teaching assistant course. I would like to move on from being a teaching assistant to become a qualified English teacher.
Working in this unique environment has given me an appreciation for the day to day working of the school, not just in the classroom but also in the wider sense of whole school needs and the position of the school in the wider community. I am proud to work at TBSS and believe that the school will provide a fantastic academic and pastoral experience for our students and our community.
Jatinder Singh Sandhu - Parent Governor
Jatinder Singh Sandhu – Parent Governor
Kasturi Rishi - Parent Governor
Kasturi Rishi – Parent Governor
Manjit Kaley - Governor
Manjit Singh Kaley was educated in the Netherlands as an electronics engineer. Manjit has worked in the USA and has over 10 years experience in building management systems. He currently helps manage buildings systems for over 30 blue-chip organisations, including the BBC and special schools. Manjit was a parent Governor for Khalsa Primary School and is now supporting new schools within the Multi-academy trust through the pre-opening phase.