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St John’s Hosts Governors’ Forum

On 18 October St John’s School was delighted to welcome the chairs of governors from 35 schools across the south east for an evening of discussion at the Chair of Governors Forum.

The event provided the opportunity for chairs of governing councils to explore important issues with a panel of experts drawn from different fields of education which included: former Cabinet Minister, David Laws, from the Education Policy Institute; Barnaby Lenon from the Independent Schools Council; Rowena Cole, The Head of St John’s; Ben Collingwood from Barlow Robbins Solicitors; and Nigel Taylor, the retired Head of Amesbury School. The panel was chaired by William Mills of Highfield School and Brookham Co-Ed Prep.
 
Following a tour of St John’s, the panel and guests debated topics as wide ranging as the importance of recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers, developing meaningful relationships between state and independent schools, the political landscape for independent schools and ways in which technology can relieve pressures on teaching staff.

John Willis, Chair of Governors at St John’s, commented: “St. John’s was delighted to host the Forum which provides an opportunity for the sharing of best practice among schools.  It was a useful and informative evening.”