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Guru Nanak Multi Academy Trust

Nanaksar Governance

Please see below Nanaksar Primary School Governors

 Dr Punamdip Kaur Bhullar – Director / Chair of Nanaksar Primary School

 Dr. Punamdip Kaur Bhullar is a Teacher of Science at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy. She has been a Governor at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy since 2010. Prior to this role she was appointed as a  Post-Doctorate Research Fellow at Brunel University, London, where she conducting her research on Lymphomagenesis. During her time at Brunel unversity she was also a part-time lecturer at Brunel University in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences and MSc Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research. Dr. Bhullar has a real passion for excellence in education and is currently training as a Higher Education Associate Fellow. She has previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a quality assurance advisor. Dr. Bhullar brings extensive experience of managing complex projects, quality assurance and most importantly knowledge of education.

Mr Rajinder Singh Sandhu – Director / Executive Principal of Nanaksar Primary School

 As the Executive Principal I lead both Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and Nanaksar Primary School. I am supported in this role by dedicated Senior Leaders and work with the Strategic Board and Governors to set the ethos, vision and values for our schools. We all believe strongly in the Sikh Values encapsulated in SHARE, Service, Humility, Achievement, Respect and Equality. Our ambition is to educate young people to go out into the world and make a difference to humanity through their service to others. We are fortunate in having young people who are eager to learn and parents who support us in educating their children.


Mr Kulvinder Singh Chana – Director

 Kulvinder Chana is an experienced Governor of Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and has seen it grow from a small satisfactory school to a vastly oversubscribed all through Academy. As a successful local businessman he contributes his expertise to the Finance Committee and has developed links with the local community. Through his extensive business contacts he has developed a free medical screening facility at the annual GNSA religious events, to benefit the local community. Ken is also a member of the local Rotary Club and Chair of the International Friendship Foundation. As a parent he is only too aware of the need to provide outstanding education in the Early Years for pupils at Nanaksar Primary School.


Ms Jenny Chadwick - Director

 Having worked in education for many years, at a senior level, I know the importance of providing quality education for young people. As an OfSTED Inspector and National Challenge Adviser I have seen some of the best and worse schools in England. As a Governor I want to work with pupils, staff, parents and the team of Governors at Nanaksar Primary School to ensure we provide outstanding education for our young people. I believe in the Sikh values of service to the community and hard work and regard it as a privilege to be a Governor at Nanaksar Primary School.

Mr Peter Ryerson – Vice Chair

 Having left school at 15 and gone to sea I eventually entered the Teaching profession as a Primary School Teacher. I was elected to Hillingdon Council in May 1988 and during this time I was the Labour Spokesperson for Education, Chair of the Education Committee and finally Chair of the Education Scrutiny Committee. I have been a school Governor in both Primary and Secondary Schools for over 40 years and presently a Governor at the outstanding Guru Nanak Sikh Academy with responsibility for Safeguarding. Since leaving the Council I have been a member of Hillingdon Schools Forum working on the formula to distribute funds to schools. I was also a member of a working party (Hillingdon Children Safeguarding Board) that reviewed policy in practice in Safeguarding in schools.

Mr Jaspal Singh Bhogal - Governor

 I worked as an Account Manager for various large retail companies where I managed their main projects. I have been fortunate to have had the experience where I gained valuable skills in the financial sector which I can incorporate with Nanaksar Primary School. I also have 30 years’ experience in Project Management as a director which will be an asset to the further development towards the growth of the school.





Mrs Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu - Director

 I feel honoured to be part of the Nanaksar Primary School Governing Body and have appropriate experience to contribute towards the school. Being a parent of three primary school age children and currently employed as a Teacher in a local secondary school. Having worked in a secondary school for over 5 years I have good insight in to Personnel related issues, health and safety and the importance of accountability.

I strongly believe in the value of high quality education having been educated in this country and being a teacher further drives me to promote this cause. I have also been a primary school Governor for 4 years in another local primary school which was awarded outstanding by Ofsted giving me much experience and awareness of what the role of a Governor requires. Additionally, I have strong links to the local community and have been involved in organising community related religious events.

Mr Prashant Soneji – Governor / Chair of Standards & Curriculum Committee

 I graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) from the City of London University after reading Economics.  Economics has been the corner stone of many aspects of my professional life and it will no doubt play a significant role in discharging my duties as a Governor of Nanaksar Primary.

Previous responsibilities including Director of Business and Enterprise and Head of Sixth Form at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy exposed me to both the curriculum and pastoral side of school life. This has proven invaluable in my role as a Governor of Nanaksar Primary. My professional responsibilities have enabled me  to take a critical look at Curriculum & Standards in Nanaksar Primary be it learning walks to ascertain the quality of provision in Numeracy or Literacy, data and assessment or the application of School policies in the day to day running of the school.  Challenge and support are the principles upon which I conduct my role as a governor.

Mr Gurdev Banwait

I am honoured and proud to be associated with the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and all the achievements earned over the years to its current form. I joined the governing body of Guru Nanak Sikh School as a local authority governor in 1999.  I have taught in the Further Education sector for over 26 years. I hope that through my understanding of education and the issues it faces I have been able to make a positive contribution to the governing body and the school.

In the past I have been the chair of Guru Nanak Sikh Primary School prior to it becoming a part of the Academy. I have also served as the chair of the finance committee for a considerable length of time. Over the years I have seen the school go through many changes from its old buildings, to the state of the art facilities that the whole community can be proud of. The academic achievements of our students are well documented locally and nationally.

My term as a local authority governor at GNSA came to an end in 2015, at which point I was offered the chance to fill a vacancy at Nanaksar Primary School as part of the MAT, which I accepted. I am currently serving on the personnel committee as a vice chair. Nanaksar Primary School is a very progressive school and is achieving results we can all be proud of.  I live locally and I am keen to make a positive contribution to my local community as a governor. Nanaksar Primary is a truly inclusive school which I am thoroughly committed to, and I look forward to my continued role as part of the MAT.

I have been running my own business since 2011. I also work on a voluntary basis as a Mental Health Act manager with CNWL trust to help people with mental health issues.

Mrs Nicky Virdee

​I have worked within a support role, across many business functions, within some multi-national organisations for nearly twenty years.

After starting my own family, I broadened my interest into education and since then, there has been no turning back.  Once joining Nanaksar, I felt I could utilise my business skills to support the Governing Body team and my colleagues, as staff governor.  I feel I have a mutual interest in the performance of the school and our staff team, as I want them both to flourish.  I have both a staff and parental prespective on education.

I am a good communicator and will disseminate governing body matters to staff and feedback to governors, staff views on pertinent issues.

My vision for the success of our school, from a start up school to a fully functional outstanding school, will require hard work, commitment and drive from all of us involved, which I am keen to embrace.

Mrs Dina Khilnani – Parent Governor      

 I applied to become a parent governor because I have a keen interest in children’s education having been a teacher for 13 years. I am keen for the school to do well by raising standards, improve the outcomes for all children and to create and outstanding school. I am a strong supporter of the school’s vision and values: humility and selfless service to others; every child can achieve their best; creating a nurturing and supportive environment. I look forward to representing the parent voice in building our children’s future. 

Mr Antonio D'Onofrio - Vice Principal / SLT Link

 "All our future pathways combine.  They are written in the actions we demonstrate to our children, if we believe in them they will believe in themselves, they will  then contribute and achieve, and we will all reap the rewards this will bring"

I feel honoured to have been offered the opportunity to be an associate Governor to support Nanaksar Primary continuing to advance and move forward.  My work and experience across senior leadership teams over the last 8 years has enabled me to gain an insight and clearer direction on ways forward in supporting our students, academic and social wellbeing.  My experience is based on my belief that our children are the future and that by improving their opportunities we improve our own.  As a teacher, Head of Department, Pastoral Leader, Director of Student Progress, Head of Inclusion and fully qualified SENCO I have gained a wider insight into unique directions education needs to take to support each students vision and journey.  These journeys may at times be difficult with bitter decisions to take, but the fruit is always flower-full and the nectar it produces always sweet.  I look forward to the opportunities ahead and in positively contributing to the next stage in supporting Nanaksar Primary School's development to be an outstanding primary school.

No information to declare regarding the relationship between members of the Governing Body and staff members

Governors appointed by the Strategic Board of the Multi-Academy Trust

Governors appointed in September 2013