TWENTY-THREE school governors with a combined service to education of more than 460 years have been recognised at an awards night.
The governors – who have all served at schools in Hartlepool for over 20 years each – were commemorated for their dedication and hard work at the event at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.
The men and women, who have all given their time to primary, secondary and special schools in the town, were each presented with a certificate and engraved glass award by Councillor Chris Simmons, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services committee.
He said: “The role of school governors should not be under-estimated as they have a vital role in overseeing the management and leadership in individual schools.
“It is their job to hold headteachers to account and they have a major part to play in ensuring that children get the best possible start in life.
“Being a governor requires people giving up their time voluntarily and it’s right and proper that the council acknowledges such sterling local service.”
Some of the award-winners recognised for their long service have actually been governors at more than one school.
The full list of governors with over 20 years’ service is: Michael Kay, Stephanie Hayes, Councillor John Lauderdale, Alderman Arthur Preece,
Christine Brown, Patricia Brotherton, Christine Patton, William Gibson, Councillor Carl Richardson, Judy Thompson, Eileen Foreman, Patricia Carroll, David Hammond, Christine Lamb, Pamela Maughan, Maurice Brown, Paula Gouldburn, Councillor Sheila Griffin, Dr John Moore, Ken Shepherd, Peter Olsen, Marian Agar and Alan Gill.
Ken Shepherd, who has served on two governing bodies over a 29-year period and is currently a governor at High Tunstall College of Science, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my role as a governor and it does give me some satisfaction that I’ve made a small contribution to helping the children of our town reach their full potential.
“Local children are so vital to the town’s future and as a governor you are given the opportunity to ensure that they get off to a good start in life.”
Christine Brown, who is chair of governors at Grange Primary School, said: “The role of a governor is really important and it provides the opportunity to play your part in the whole school community. You get to meet and work with lots of dedicated people and you are appreciated for what you do.
“There is lots of support for governors from the local authority to help you make a real difference to children’s lives and their education.”
Gill Alexander, the council’s director of child and adult services, added: “Being a governor is a very responsible role and we do appreciate those that give up many hours of their time to support schools and in particular, the children and young people of our town.”
For more information on becoming a governor, contact Ann Turner at the council on (01429) 523766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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