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National Governors’ Association awards 2011

National Governors’ Association awards 2011

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NGA Outstanding Governance 2011 Award Winners

Last week at a ceremony at the House of Commons Lord Hill, Minister for Schools, presented the National Governors’ Association awards for Outstanding Governance.

Lord Hill said: “Many school governors and clerks make an outstanding contribution to the job of running their own school and of helping to set the standards for all governing bodies. Today’s winners highlight some of the best and I am delighted to have the chance to congratulate and thank them.   Governing bodies should be the key strategic body for a school. We want to attract more excellent school governors and have more effective governing bodies supported by trained clerks.”

Bishop Cornish Church of England V.A. Primary School in Saltash, Cornwall won the outstanding governing body of the year. Two parents nominated the governing body of Bishop  Cornish Church of England V.A. Primary School for its vision, leadership and commitment that resulted in the provision of an award-winning environmentally sustainable building. Without the governors’ leadership and contributions, the inspirational facilities would not have been possible. However this exciting development did not divert the governing body’s focus from the other needs of the children in the school. The school has been rated outstanding over this whole period of the innovative project, but had gone from falling rolls to being over-subscribed.

Five other finalists also demonstrated superb governance:
Cuckmere House School & St. Mary’s School Federation, East Sussex
Cypress Infant and Junior Schools, London Borough of Croydon
The Duston School, Northamptonshire County Council
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Twickenham
Martin Primary School, London Borough of Barnet

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governors’ Association, said ‘As schools are given more autonomy, the role of governing bodies in determining strategy and holding school to account becomes even more critical.   The work of governing bodies is in the spotlight now as never before. The six finalists in the NGA’s Outstanding Governing Body awards demonstrate the difference governors can make to the experiences of children and young people.’

Outstanding Clerk to a Governing Body in England and Wales:

Sheila Daley, Clerk to Alexandra Park School, won the Outstanding Clerk award for England and Wales, judged by both National Governors’ Association and Governors Wales.

Three other finalists were:
Louise Daniel, Clerk to Hillingdon Primary School, LB Hillingdon
Lydia Morgans, Clerk to Raynes Park High School, LB Merton
Nerys Williams, Clerk to Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Gwynedd

We’ve offered the finalist schools FREE access to Modern Governor e-learning until May 2012 as a ‘thank you’ for their dedication and continued contribution to excellent school governance.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the event – but luckily our good friend Sean Whetstone was there, filmed the speeches and awards and has kindly let us stitch them together for you.  Thanks Sean!

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