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Awards for governors' outstanding service

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Governors from across Hampshire have been recognised for outstanding service by Hampshire County Council, after being nominated by their governing body.

A total of 12 governors have received the 'Don Allen Award' and seven attended a special reception at the County Council, hosted by the Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, where he thanked them for their dedication to supporting schools.

Award winning governors are:

Alton - Mrs Hayley Wienszczak, Medstead C of E Primary School
Andover - Mr John Cooper, John Hanson Community School
Fareham - Phil Yule, Orchard Lea Junior School
Farnborough - Rod Dowden, Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College
Fleet - Mrs Eileen Bishop, Court Moor School
Hayling Island - Keith Henson,The Hayling College
Holbury - Mrs Margaret Cooper, Manor Infant School
Lymington - Mrs Caralyn Kydd-Coutts and Mrs Nicola Brearley, Milford-on-Sea Primary School
Waterlooville - Mr Andrew Perrin and Ronald Dadd, Purbrook Park School
Yateley - Vivienne Ovington, Potley Hill Primary School

Councillor Edgar commented: "I am delighted to have met this year's award winners and thank them personally for the contribution they make to the quality of children's education. People often forget that behind the scenes there is a governing body both supporting and challenging a school. Governors play a vital role and dedicate much of their free time willingly without remuneration. Ofsted reports continue to show that Hampshire's schools are among the best in the country and that is thanks, not only to the commitment and hard work of our school staff but also to the unique contribution made by governors."

He added: "We are always keen to encourage more people to become governors at their local schools. It is rewarding and a unique way of using personal experiences and skills for the benefit of the wider community."

Hampshire has more than 450 governing bodies with about 7,000 governors who play a crucial role in the strategic direction of schools, representing the interests of the general public in the way a school is run and the educational standards that pupils achieve.

Hampshire's training and support service for governors has been recognised as one of the best in the country. It has been serving Hampshire governors for the past 30 years and is the only service in the country to be awarded seven consecutive national customer service excellence awards.

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