Hertfordshire governors go for gold at long service awards

Years of dedicated service by Hertfordshire's school governors have been honoured at a presentation ceremony in Stevenage.


Years of dedicated service by Hertfordshire's school governors have been honoured at a presentation ceremony in Stevenage.

An impressive 165 governors were eligible to receive an award for 10 or more years service to their schools, with 22 volunteers achieving a gold award after clocking up more than twenty years each in post.

Special award winner Edd Banister joined the governing body at The Leventhorpe Foundation School in Sawbridgeworth as a young teacher and has served there since 1968. He was presented with a pair of engraved crystal glasses in a ceremony hosted by Executive Member for Education and Skills, Richard Thake.

Mr Banister, from Bishop's Stortford, said, 'As a young teacher at the school, I thought it was important to serve on the governing body so that the other governors would be better informed about the grass roots running of the school.

'Now there are many more opportunities for governors to get involved with day-to-day activities and to use the skills they have gained in their professions to benefit their local school communities. I have enjoyed being part of the growth and success of The Leventhorpe and although I have retired as a teacher, will continue in my role as Health and Safety co-ordinator on the governing body.'

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Hosting the awards, Richard Thake, Executive Member for Education and Skills said, 'School governors are vital to the success of Hertfordshire's schools. From hiring the headteacher to managing multi-million pound budgets, your involvement is absolutely essential. You underpin educational excellence. I want to thank you for everything that you do to give Hertfordshire's children and their teachers the support they need to thrive.'

Governors come from all sections of the community: parents, staff at the school, the world of business, representatives of local councils and churches and local residents. There are always opportunities for enthusiastic and committed people to serve as governors. You don’t have to be an education expert, but if you have skills in areas such as human resources or finance and can work with others in a team, you would be particularly welcome. You will also need some spare time.

For more information about becoming a school governor in Hertfordshire, go to www.hertsdirect.org/scholearn/supporting/governors/become/ or call 01438 843082. The post is typically up to 50 hours a year – to go to meetings and read papers. There are plenty of training opportunities available at no cost to the volunteer, to help you fulfil your responsibilities.

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