I recently attended the Awards Evening for former Year 11 students and I felt that so much about that occasion summed up what being part of the School community has come to mean for so many people who consider themselves to be a part of The Chantry ‘family’. There was a great atmosphere from the offset and as the students were reunited there were genuine whoops of delight as they connected, bantered and caught up! They cheered and applauded one another as they received their awards, in both the academic and non-academic realms. The relationships between teachers and pupils were mutually respectful and laced with good humour. The members of the local community and former parents who presented specific awards, which they had sponsored, were obviously relaxed within the atmosphere and enjoying the occasion. I could go on, but my main point is that, in my association with the Chantry over the last 5 years (a comparatively short time when compared with many of my fellow Governors, and certainly my predecessor!), I can genuinely say that this is how you will find The Chantry most of the time ie good humoured, welcoming, mutually encouraging and helpful, highly motivated and striving for excellence, both inside and outside the classroom. It is a privilege to take on the role of Chair of Governors and to serve alongside my Governor colleagues in partnership with the highly professional and dedicated staff team, as we seek to see every student achieve their full potential.
As a former teacher and now a leadership mentor and coach, I am all about investing in the few for the sake of the many and, as I have visited with each individual Governor in their homes or places of work over the last few months, I can safely say that we are all on the same page. There are many challenges ahead for The Chantry School I’m sure, but we face them together and are united in the view that…
‘Education is far more than an instrument for creating an effective and productive workforce; it exists to open the way to abundance of life and serve the interests of the country, especially in equipping people to cope with change and providing a clear sense of identity.’
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Chair of Governors