On Friday we say goodbye to a governor, Seona Ford. This is a heartfelt and warm goodbye from governors and heads alike. Seona’s 8 years have been characteristic of governing today – a far cry from the disengaged, great and good, turn up twice a year school of governing that may have happened a while back but certainly doesn’t now.
During her 8 years Seona, who has also been holding down a senior position in the maintained educational sector, did these things: oversaw education in the junior schools, advising and supporting the heads of Dunannie and Dunhurst, and being a regular observer of lessons in both Dunannie and Dunhurst; was the governor with a particular responsibility for Child Protection/Safeguarding and therefore needed to be entirely up to date with current training, meeting regularly with the schools’ Child Protection Officer; sat on the Education Sub-committee that meets three times a year in addition to the Full Board meetings; and finally (and perhaps most arduously) undertook to hear some complex appeals (Governors’ Reviews), which required both a considerable amount of preparation and difficult hearings that she dealt in a professional, calm and humane way.
So, hoorah for Seona, and for that impressive reservoir of goodwill and expertise which enables schools like ours to benefit from such high quality governor commitment, all given on an entirely voluntary basis.
By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.