From The Chair

After many years of loyal service and much hard work, Mark Barnett has stepped down from his position as Chair of Governors and the baton has passed to me, Barry Upton.  Fortunately, we are not going to lose his experience and dedication, as he has agreed to become Vice-Chair, supporting me in this important role and continuing his link with the school.  On your behalf – and on ours as Governors – I thank him for all that he has given to the school and feel certain he will continue to do so. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to follow his leadership – and I feel daunted having to follow him as Chair of Governors.  I shall do my best and carry on the tradition of being a critical friend to Sally and her team.

This year we have also said a sad farewell to two other Governors: Paul Mallatratt, who was Vice-Chair for many years and has now resigned from the Governing Body; and Annabel Brownfoot, the Staff Governor who has left the school to take up a post elsewhere.  We all thank both of them for their dedication and service.

While we have quickly found a replacement Staff Governor in Claire Stallworthy, who I feel certain will bring much of her energy to the meetings, we have not yet been able to replace Paul.  Indeed, there are 3 vacancies on the Governing Body that we hope you will help us to fill in the coming months.  One of these vacancies is from the Parent Body, and we shall be holding information evenings and an election in the near future.  But there are two other places to be filled.  These are so-called “Co-opted Governors”, people who live and / or work in our community who have skills and interests that will help us in our role as critical friends of the school.

Could you become a Carr Hill School Governor?  Of course… simply let us know that you wish to serve on the Governing Body and we can explain the process. Governors will be in attendance at a number of school events to give you insights into the role (and to help twist your arm a little!).  Look out for our posters around the school when you come to visit or to collect your child, your grandchild, or a pupil in your care, or when you call into our new Community Kitchen.  In the meantime, read our page in the Governors section of the School Website headed: Being A Governor where three of our Governors answer questions about their role.

As Chair of Governors I am here to help you in any way I can, and on the contacts page you can find out how to get in touch.  And don’t forget that your first port of call if you have any concerns is at the school itself.  I am confident that all members of the Carr Hill Team will want to help.

Barry Upton
Chair of Governors
Carr Hill School