Thank you Mr Knightsbridge
Mr Knightsbridge has stepped down as Chair of Governors
The role of the Chair of Governors is a difficult one and requires a certain skill set. Governors in general are there to act as a critical friend to the school, to challenge and support. This can be hard at times. Governors are there to help with the strategic direction of the school, to check that policies are in place and to resist the temptation to get caught up in the day to day running of the school.
The Chair of Governors has no real individual power but is there to help steer the Governing Body in the right direction. They can also be a sounding board for senior leaders and frequently can be someone that the Head Teacher can go to in order to talk things through when the right course of action is not instantly apparent. This is something that Richard Knightsbridge has done for me. He has been connected with the school for 30 years, been Chair of Governors for 14 (he thinks) years and generated a wealth of experience from his own professional career. He has a wisdom that I have relied on and a patience that has helped us to make (hopefully) good decisions. He has seen most things happen before and so, between us, we have been able to deal with a vast range of situations and act in the best interests of children, staff and parents. This week he has stepped aside as Chair and Mrs Rawson has taken over. I would like to thank him for his huge contribution for the school but, in particular, for all that he has done for me. He has welcomed me to the school, challenged me and supported me and I appreciate his honesty, wisdom and integrity. Thank you Mr Knightsbridge.