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Glittering night for magnificanet governors

Published Monday, 15 April 2013

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.

Throughout the borough there are 1,400 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.

This year, long service awards are going to seven governors who have served schools for 11 plus years and four commendations will be made to governors on the shortlist for outstanding governor award.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services 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 am delighted to be taking part in this event where we can thank all our school governors and applaud our young people who are receiving governor commendations."

Last year’s outstanding governor and Enfield’s first National Leader of Governance (NLG) Matthew Miller from Highlands School, said, “I am looking forward to presenting this year’s award to the outstanding governor. It is extremely difficult to weigh up the merits of one governor against another.

“This has been a difficult task for the panel of judges. 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.”

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."

Two young people aged between 11 and 18 will also be receiving a 'Governor Commendation for Young People'.

These are for young people who have been nominated by either governors or teachers for their outstanding work in the community. They will be presented with a framed certificate.   

All awards will be announced on the night.

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