The Autumn Governors’ Forum was held on Tuesday 7 November in London. The meeting was well attended and provided the opportunity for Governors to hear the latest developments in the educational sector, the vision for Roedean and the changes proposed to the Royal Charter to enable this vision to progress.
The Headmaster, Oliver Blond, outlined the Council’s vision for the School. The main areas covered, were to secure Roedean’s position as a first class school for girls, to expand Roedean’s financial position, and its social and community purpose.
This may involve an overseas campus to provide a direct financial benefit to Roedean for its bursary provision, sponsorship of a state funded primary, and support for local independent schools to improve their communities and reach.
The beneficiaries of the vision would range from parents and staff to local state schools and the local community. More children than ever would be able to benefit, both directly and indirectly, from the founding vision of the Lawrence sisters.
The Chair of Council, Anne Whitaker, then explained how the Governors could help Roedean progress its vision in the challenging educational environment, and explained the suggested changes to the Royal Charter for the Governors to consider. It was confirmed there was no intention to reduce Governors’ powers, nor to admit boys to Roedean, Brighton, and any such move would involve full consultation with the Governors first.
The Forum also included a presentation from Mr Durell Barnes (RSAcademics) who explained how the environment for independent schools was harder than ever. Key areas covered were affordability, changing market demands, and the challenges of the current political landscape.
It was a spirited meeting with much engagement. If you would like a full summary of the presentations please contact Mark Taylor via firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01273 667588.