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School leadership

Mr D Kearns - Principal

Mr D Kearns, Principal, has arrived at Nishkam High school following a journey that has seen him work in three different schools set in three very different contexts. Damien has also spent time in the private sector, spending three years in sales and marketing as well as setting up his own business in the mid-1990s. That business allowed him to travel extensively and those experiences helped nurture many of the values that prompted his desire to come and work within the Nishkam Trust. ‘I am delighted to be the Principal at Nishkam High School. I am excited at the prospect of helping to shape the next phase in the development of both the school and the Trust. I am passionate about helping children (and adults) to be the best that they can be and I include in that my own development. I am clear that I want Nishkam to provide the best opportunities for students to fulfil both their academic and personal aspirations.’


Mr C Deeks - Interim Vice Principal

Mr C Deeks, Interim Vice Principal, is a teacher of business and has held a number of positions including Head of House at Windsor High School with a remit for the well being and progress of 280 pupils; Chris has also served as leader of an extensive Gifted and Talented programme; while at Windsor, he was also in charge of setting up and implementing the UCAS process in a brand new set up sixth form. Chris graduated with honours in Sport and Business management from the Sheffield Hallam University and gained his teaching qualification at the University of Worcester. Before becoming a teacher, Chris worked in the design and construction sector, assisting in the development of multi million pound projects. He believes avidly in helping every student reach their full potential and is passionate that the ethos at Nishkam can help students to be the best that they can be, both with regard to achieving academic excellence but also in their endeavour to flourish as human beings.


Mr A Brown - Assistant Principal

Mr A Brown, Assistant Principal, has joined Nishkam High School from North Birmingham Academy, as part of the Senior Leadership team. During his tenure Andrew held a number of positions including Head of Year and NQT mentor. Andrew graduated with honours in Sport Science and Management from Loughborough University before gaining his PGCE at the University of Bedford, where he passed as Outstanding. Andrew has a strong interest in learning and teaching and will be looking to develop the already excellent practice at Nishkam High School. When asked, Andrew stated that he was particularly drawn to the school by the values based approach and the role the school is having in developing the students into respectful members of the community. Andrew is passionate about giving every student at the school the platform to thrive and go on to succeed in whatever pathway they choose to explore.


Mrs V Chatwin – Associate Principal / Pastoral Lead & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs V Chatwin – Associate Principal/Pastoral Lead & Designated Safeguarding Lead, joined Nishkam High School (NHS) in September 2015 from her previous post as Head of House at Hall Green School.

She joined NHS as the Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead bringing with her 16 previous years of knowledge and expertise in her field, and a desire to ensure that every child feels supported, listened to and understood. She is responsible for student welfare, whole school attendance, behaviour and achievement and is supported by other Heads of Year and form teachers. Victoria believes that all children can and will achieve, and will work to break down any barriers to a child’s learning or social development as well as creating pathways for every child to succeed both socially and academically. When asked “Why Nishkam?”, Victoria stated, “A multi faith school offers a platform for all faiths to come together and create an understanding and respect for all, something that the world needs more of in the present day. The multi faith approach coupled with the Sikh ethos enables children and adults to learn spiritually together, helping toward a more harmonious future and I wanted to be a part of that.”




Mr A Ruhe, Interim Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form

Mr A Ruhe, Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form, qualified with a PGCE in Secondary Education in Business and Modern Foreign Languages (German) from Warwick University. A background in languages allowed Adam in his undergraduate years to live and study abroad in Germany for a period of time, before securing a graduate job with the global food retailer, Lidl. His teaching career to date has focused on combining enterprise and education, developing international school links and providing educational opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. ‘As the Head of Sixth Form, I have the privilege of working closely with the oldest members of our community at a poignant time in their academic and personal development. Ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary skills, tools and values for the world beyond Nishkam lies at the cornerstone of what we do as a school and sixth form. It's what makes us unique.'