School governors from across Hampshire have been awarded for their outstanding service by Hampshire County Council.
A total of 22 governors have received the ‘Don Allen Award’ and 10 attended a special celebratory event, hosted by the Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, where he thanked them for their dedication to supporting schools.
Councillor Edgar commented: “School governors play a vital role in ensuring their schools give children a good education. I am delighted that Hampshire County Council is able to formally acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contribution that they make to the quality of children’s education in this county.
“We recognise that they are volunteers, giving up their time freely to meet the demands of this important role and we are immensely grateful for their commitment and hard work.”
The County Council’s honours for outstanding service by governors were renamed the Don Allen Award in 2005 following the death of the former Executive Member for Education, who first introduced the awards.
Hampshire has more than 450 governing bodies with about 7,000 governors, who play a crucial role in supporting and challenging schools. Governors have an important role in supporting head teachers to ensure pupils receive the best possible education. Governors can become involved in a range of school matters, which can include recruitment, finance and curriculum. They also provide a strong link between the school and the local community, and an independent view to support the school on long term development and improvement.
Councillor Edgar added: “Being a school governor can be a very rewarding and fulfilling role. We always need more governors and I would urge anyone interested to get in touch. To find out more call Governor Services on 01962 845706 or visit the Hampshire County Council website.”