Chair of Governors Welcome
Welcome by the Co-Chairs of Governors
Dear Students and Families,
We are honoured to serve as Co-Chairs of the Governing Board of the Leathersellers' Federation of Schools, and are delighted that Sophie Miremadi, one of our Foundation governors, has agreed to become Vice-Chair.
I have been very fortunate in my life largely through the support of my mum, my stepdad and my education. My stepdad was a market trader on Deptford High St and both my parents always emphasised the importance of doing well at school. Thanks to financial support from the Leathersellers' Company, I stayed on to do A-Levels and then to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. After graduating, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and had a 27 year career as a partner at Deloitte from which I retired a few years ago.
I have benefitted hugely from education and I know its power to transform the lives of young people in Lewisham. I am very committed to social mobility. I will ensure we support every student to make the most of their potential in whichever field it lies and to be confident in themselves and with the highest ambition for their future.
As someone who was born and lives in Lewisham, I am very proud of our borough and the Leathersellers' Federation of schools.
My parents and step-parents were all teachers, and I grew up with a strong sense of the value of high quality and inclusive state education. I attended a large comprehensive in Wiltshire, before studying law at Oxford. I worked in the City for most of the 1990s, before retraining as a psychotherapist.
I have many years of experience of leading governance in Lewisham. In 2016 Ofsted said governance under my chairship was ‘rigorous’, and had had a good impact on teaching and on pupils’ outcomes. I am looking forward to using this experience for the benefit of our children, and to being part of the solution to some of the issues facing our schools today.
I am a parent at Prendergast School, and live and work in Lewisham. I was incredibly proud to be part of the team of governors who represented the Board at the recent successful Ofsted inspections at Prendergast Vale School and Prendergast Ladywell School.
The senior leadership team and Governing Board work tirelessly to provide the high standards of education our students are entitled to expect. Each school has its own unique character, and is committed to enabling our young people to take their places in the world with confidence. We strongly believe that schools are part of their local communities, and that it is only by working closely with you that we will do the very best by our students.
We are conscious that we are in a challenging time in education both nationally and in Lewisham, but we hope to deliver on our ambition for each school to be outstanding and in the top 10% of inclusive schools nationally. We are confident that we can succeed, and transform lives in the process. We are very proud of all of our students and staff, and are committed to making them and our community proud of our schools and the Governing Board.
Andy Rothery and Kate Ward, Co-Chairs of Governors
15 October 2019