POSTPONED: School governance honoured at national awards

24/05/2017

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UPDATE: THE AWARDS CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY 25 MAY AT THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE INCREASED NATIONAL SECURUTY THREAT LEVEL. WE WILL BE REARRANGING THESE AWARDS FOR A LATER DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. WE'RE SORRY ABOUT ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE YOU. 

Governing boards and clerks from around the country will attend an awards ceremony at the House of Commons
on Thursday 25 May where the winners of NGA's Outstanding Governance Awards 2017 will be presented by the
Rt Hon. David Laws.

Our finalists will also be joined by NGA’s president, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, and NGA’s chair, Ian Courtney MBE,
as well as invited guests from the education sector.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association, has said: “At NGA we value
the commitment and skill of all those governors and trustees who give up their time to volunteer in schools.
The collective hours of their voluntary service to their communities makes life better for the children of this
country.

"Our finalists for the Outstanding Governance Awards 2017 all demonstrate how good governance
and clerking can be. They show how they make a real difference to the achievement of and opportunities
for children and young people. It takes commitment, skill, teamwork and clarity of direction to do what
these people do and we are proud to celebrate them at the House of Commons.

“We wish all our finalists the best of luck and thank you to all those who entered. These awards are vital in
helping to celebrate the work of volunteers.”

Our seven finalists for outstanding governance in a single school are:

  • Brooklands School, Surrey  
  • Fairfield Park Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Holmes Chapel Primary, Cheshire East
  • Millennium Primary School, London
  • Redland Green School, Bristol
  • Sir John Barrow School, Cumbria
  • Torquay Academy, Devon

Our three finalists for outstanding governance in a multi academy trust or federation are:

  • The Active Learning Trust, Cambridge and Suffolk
  • CORE Education Trust, Birmingham
  • The Spring Partnership Trust, Kent

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Our two finalists for outstanding vision and strategy are:

  • Hiltingbury Infant School, Eastleigh
  • Nexus Multi Academy Trust, Rotherham

Our five finalists for outstanding clerk to a governing board are:

  • Sally Wood, Holsworthy Area Federation, Devon                                                                                                   
  • Steve Vale, Reading School, Reading
  • Fiona Stagg, Glebe Academy, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Angie Marchant, Colham Manor Primary School, Uxbridge
  • Sylvia Baldwin, The Bligh Federation, Kent

These awards are held every two years and are open to any government funded school in England.
The aim is to celebrate good school governance and examples of best practice throughout the governance
and clerking community.

The event at the House of Commons will be reported in Governing Matters in July and in Schools Week. 

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