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A great opportunity to get involved in your child's school

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Parent governors are vital members of the school’s governing body, making a real contribution to the strategic direction of your school. They are able to help the rest of the governing body see things from a parent’s (and student’s) point of view.

There are currently two vacancies for parent governors at Sprowston Community High School, and we would like to encourage you to consider becoming part of an enthusiastic, hard-working and knowledgeable team of governors. It is a very rewarding role which will give you a real insight into how a big high school works, and will also help you to develop a wide range of skills.

Training is available through the Norfolk County Governor Services, but the most important attributes are enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

I asked three of our parent governors to write a few words about what being a parent governor means to them:

Jane Sexton:

I decided to be a school governor as I wanted to help make a difference and to ensure that every child was getting the education that they deserved. I had never been a school governor before but the rest of the governors were very friendly and helpful. After going on some short courses with other new governors I felt more confident in what I was doing. I have now been a school governor for 6 years and I feel that I have learnt so much in that time. I really enjoy going into the school for awards evenings and seeing the things that the children have achieved and I feel very proud to be part of it.

Iain McNaugher:

I became a Parent Governor because I wanted to give something back to the school that launched me into working life, maybe as a way of saying thanks.

Being a Parent Governor is like making an investment in the school that educates your own children. You take care of that investment and have a stake in ensuring the school delivers the best education it can in a safe learning environment, for the benefit of all children, including your own. You get a real understanding of the issues out there and can directly influence change for the better. You have a responsibility to understand all points of view, including those of other parents, to raise issues that come to light, but equally to highlight the good work done. Volunteer for a good cause and you can bring a little piece of you to the school.

Sally Porter:

My reasons - I wanted to be involved with my child’s education, by being a Governor you understand the workings of the school so much better and can have an influence on decisions made, no matter how small they are. Also, it is not as much time taken as expected - you give what you can for which the school is always grateful. The meetings are interesting and thought provoking – a counter balance to use my brain cells in a different way to my usual work situation.

If you would like to learn more about being a parent governor, please contact the chair of governors, Sally Porter, through the school, for an informal chat, or you can talk to any of the parent governors. Their names and photos are all on the school website in the Governor Zone.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Norfolk Governors Honoured at Norwich Castle

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The nominees pictured outside Norwich Castle
Sprowston High's Governor Janet
Mayes (far right), Chair of Teaching &
Learning pictured with other nominees.
Photo: Bill Smith, EDP

Outstanding governance from around the county was celebrated at a ceremony at the Castle Museum on the 26 June 2012.  Awards were presented to governors and clerks for their contribution to schools in Norfolk...Read related article on Evening News website


Sprowston High Governors awarded for their work

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Jane Sexton and Sheila Tuffield pictured at the Annual Norfolk Governors Award Ceremony
From left, Jane Sexton and Sheila Tuffield
at the Awards Ceremony

Two of our governors Jane Sexton and Sheila Tuffield were recognised at the second annual Norfolk Governor Awards ceremony organised by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Governors Network (NGN). The event which was held at Castle Museum in Norwich on the 21 June aims to highlight the valuable role played by the county’s 5000 governors.  The Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson was the guest of honour who also presented the awards.

Jane Sexton was identified as having made an outstanding contribution to governance in a Norfolk School. Fiona Hardman (Chair), Angela Capper (Vice chair) and Andrew John..Headteacher said, “Jane is a dedicated governor who is fully involved in school life and is tireless in ensuring that parent voice is heard at a strategic level….Jane leads by example, being both supportive and challenging, and organising the work of the committee effectively and efficiently.

They also said of Sheila Tuffield, who received a Certificate of Recognition for good service at the school, “She is a truly dedicated governor who gives of her time to the school without question….She is an active member of two governor committees and makes a considerable contribution to both, assisting discussions with considered and perceptive insights.

View related article on the Norwich Evening News website

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