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Celebration evening thanks school governors

Published Friday, 26 June 2015

Who will be this year’s outstanding school governor of the year? This eagerly awaited award is the highlight of an evening honouring Enfield’s hardworking school governors.

The evening will end with the big award to one governor whose contribution to their school and the work of all governors is outstanding in every way.

Throughout the borough there are 1,200 governors who give up their time to lead the management and policy making in over 90 Enfield schools.

School governing bodies set the aims and objectives for their schools and ensure that there are systems in place to meet them.

They work closely with headteachers and take a lively interest in the children and school activities.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection said, “Public recognition is an important way of saying thank you and it is a great pleasure for me to thank so many people who give up their own time to ensure that our schools are managed responsibly.

“Governors bring their own experience and knowledge to an extremely important role and deserve our wholehearted thanks. I know that it has been a difficult decision for our judges to decide on this year’s outstanding governor – but that is because we have such an excellent group of governors.

“We can thank all our school governors for the endless hours they spend ensuring that our schools meet exacting standards; that budgets are in order; that school premises are in good repair and that our children learn from inspired teachers in safe and secure surroundings.”

Last year’s outstanding governor, Gordon Stubberfield, was invited to sit as a member of this year’s judging panel.

He said, “Faced with such a huge number of excellent people this has been a difficult task for the panel. Judgments are made against a set of criteria based on the way governors work with their schools; the leadership and contribution they make; and the energy and commitment that they have for their work.

“Enfield’s governors all make an enormous commitment – and this has made it difficult to judge the outstanding person – but we finally reached a decision.”

Andrew Fraser, Director of Schools & Children’s Services added, “School governors do a magnificent job. They spend hours dealing with big decisions such as appointing staff, school budgets, behaviour issues and building works.

“We are fortunate that so many governors have been active in our schools for a number of years and can truly be called experts. The awards evening is a time to say thank you to them.”

All awards will be announced on the night.

A special thank you will go to Raymond Barker, chair of governors at Honilands school who was honoured with an MBE in this year’s Queen’s ‘Birthday Honours’ list.

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