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School leadership

Mr D Kearns - Principal

I joined Nishkam High School in 2014 and have seen the first cohorts of the school go through and achieve superb outcomes as a consequence of our ‘faith inspired, virtues led’ approach to education. The school’s vision has been beautifully crafted to reflect our commitment to developing each child within their faith and in their understanding of those virtues that unite us all as people; equally as important, it reflects our commitment to securing academic excellence. These appear to some to be two significant challenges but we view it as one opportunity because we believe everything can be accomplished through the lens of a ‘faith inspired, virtues led’ approach to education.

My journey to Nishkam included working in three different schools set in three very different contexts. I also spent time in the private sector, spending three years in sales and marketing as well as setting up my own business in the mid-1990s. That business allowed me the luxury of travelling extensively around the world and those journeys helped nurture many of the values that prompted my desire to come and work within the Nishkam family. It is a privilege to be the Principal at Nishkam High School. We have a very hardworking, talented staff leading well behaved, well-motivated students within a shared vision; we are all passionate about helping children (and adults) to be the best people that they can be. 


Mr C Deeks - Associate Principal 

I joined Nishkam High School in 2015, originally as Assistant Principal, I have subsequently been Vice Principal and was very proud to be appointed Associate Principal in September 2021. I am responsible for the construction of the school timetable, the GCSE and 6th form options processes, the extensive Quality Assurance that underpins all functions within the school and anything data related. My role also allows me to work alongside our teaching and support staff to ensure that all our students make the best possible progress during their time at Nishkam High School. I also oversee the day to day running of the school.

Before coming to Nishkam I taught at Windsor High School and Sixth Form holding a variety of different roles that included pastoral responsibilities for the wellbeing and progress of 280 pupils. I graduated with honours in Sport and Business Management from Sheffield Hallam University and gained my teaching qualification at the University of Worcester.

 I really value the supportive school community we have at Nishkam which encourages all our students to strive for excellence. It is a privilege to work with our dedicated staff who maintain our fantastic school ethos, ensuring our students develop both academically, morally and spiritually.


Mrs E Wilks - Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching

I joined Nishkam High School in September 2020 bringing with me 20 years of experience in three very different schools, serving three very different communities. I left my home in Northern Ireland to begin my training as a teacher at Newman University, specialising in Secondary English and graduating with honours in 2000. In the years that followed, I have taken on many different roles, qualifying as an Advanced Skills Teacher and then moving into school leadership. Most recently, I worked as a Deputy Headteacher in South Birmingham. I am passionate about life-long learning and working with young people and adults alike to become the very best they can be.

From my first visit to the school, Nishkam felt very familiar to me; it reminded me of my own secondary school experience due to its faith inspired, virtues led approach. I firmly believe that children educated with care, respect and compassion, by talented and dedicated staff, will enjoy happy, fulfilled and successful lives. To witness this happen here at Nishkam on a daily basis is a real privilege.


Mr A Ruhe - Assistant Principal, Head of Sixth Form

I qualified with a PGCE in Secondary Education in Business and Modern Foreign Languages (German) from Warwick University, after securing a BSc in Business and German (First Class honours). My background in languages allowed me to live and study in Germany for a period of time during my undergraduate years, before securing a graduate position with the global grocery retailer, Lidl. My teaching career to date has focused on combining enterprise and education, developing international school links and providing educational opportunities in and outside of the classroom. As the Head of Sixth Form at Nishkam High School, I have the privilege of working closely with the oldest members of our community at a poignant time in their academic and personal development. As a school and Sixth Form we ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills, tools and values for the world beyond Nishkam. Our vision is to empower our children with the virtues that allow them to excel academically and spiritually. It's what makes us unique.


Mrs S Voutsinou - Assistant Principal, Pastoral

I am delighted to have joined the Nishkam family in September 2020 as the Assistant Principal. My role is based around the fundamentals of behaviour, attendance, virtues and personal development.  I am also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and I am supported in this role by a number of experienced pastoral colleagues who are also DSL trained.

My role at the school fully supports my educational philosophy that all young people, regardless of their starting points, have the potential to be successful. I believe that all students can thrive when we create the right conditions. We must look past their current status; we must create an ethos of care for each other coupled with high expectations for all and we must focus on potential.

Prior to joining Nishkam High School, I spent 13 years at Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre. I joined the school as a newly qualified teacher and saw my role evolve as time went on which enabled me to develop many skills along the way. I have spent the majority of my career in pastoral roles as Head of Year 12, as the Seconded Assistant Head in charge of Key Stage 3 and Transition and also a Teacher of the Deaf. I am a Physical Education teacher by trade.

I have decided to join Nishkam High School not only because of the excellent reputation it has in the city of Birmingham as a place of excellence and outstanding education but also because I value the ‘faith inspired and virtues led’ approach to education. I believe that approach to be an exceptional moral foundation which will enable our students to flourish and become successful citizens of the world.

I am very excited to be continuing my teaching career at Nishkam High School!


Mr P Blackburn - Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching

I joined Nishkam High School in 2015 as Faculty Leader of Humanities and Subject Leader of Geography, before being appointed Assistant Principal in May 2021. My role involves supporting the Vice Principal in executing the whole school vision for learning and teaching; every child can and will achieve. My primary focus is Key Stage 3, where I am responsible for curriculum review and monitoring, in addition to assessment, data and reporting. 

I completed my PGDipEd in Secondary Geography at the University of Birmingham, having secured degrees in Geography (BSc with honours) and Air Pollution Management and Control (MSc) from the same institution. During my second year of teaching, I completed an MA in Teaching Studies, which focused on the role of pupil voice in curriculum design. 

I strongly believe in the transformative power of education as a driver of social mobility and feel that Nishkam High School is ideally placed to nurture global citizens, through our ‘faith inspired, virtues led’ approach.