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Outstanding Governance Awards 2017

The prestigious national awards were held this year at the Palace of Westminster, with governing bodies and clerks receiving their awards from Lord Na

Posted by Charley Rogers | September 20, 2017 | Events

The very best of school governance and clerking was celebrated at the Palace of Westminster in London as the National Governance Association (NGA) held its biennial Outstanding Governance Awards 2017 on Tuesday 5 September.

Twelve governing bodies and five clerks, who received awards presented by Lord Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System), were recognised as national finalists. The four award categories – outstanding clerk to a governing board, outstanding governance in a single school, outstanding governance in a multi academy trust or federation, and outstanding vision and strategy – celebrated the achievements of school governors, trustees and clerks. Each of the finalists were recognised and thanked by the NGA, the judges and Lord Nash for their significant voluntary contribution to education and their impact on lives of so many young people.

In the outstanding clerk to a governing body category, winner Angie Marchant of Colham Manor Primary School in Hillingdon was praised for her role in turning the school around from a position of weakness and uncertainty to one of strength and confidence with meticulous organisation skills and effective support for governors.

Judges acknowledged the rising level of good practice in governing single schools by opting for three winners in the category. Each of the winners – Fairfield Park Lower School, Central Bedfordshire; Millennium Primary School, Greenwich; Sir John Barrow School, Cumbria – stood out because of their excellent governance coupled with a focus on long-term strategy and succession planning.

For its outward looking and self-reflective trust board, The Spring Partnership Trust in Bromley, Kent was successful in the outstanding governance in a multi academy trust or federation category. Judges recognised the ambitious strategy of The Spring Partnership Trust which is focused on improving and growing a group of schools and exploiting the opportunities of the group model to develop staff and help other local children.

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. - Emma Knights, Chief Exec., NGA

In the final category, Nexus Multi Academy Trust in Rotherham was lauded for its vision and strategy, and was described as a ‘a truly forward-looking trust’ by judges. In particular, the trust’s clearly stated values, succinct vision, and limited number of key priorities along with working with a range of partners to meet the needs of the most vulnerable local children drew commendation.

The Outstanding Governance Awards are held every two years to celebrate the unique and inspiring contribution that school governors, trustees and clerks make every single day in schools around the country. The national awards were free to enter and open to any state school in England.

Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governance Association, 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.

“Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all those who entered. These awards are vital in helping to celebrate the work of volunteers.” 

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