Derby Grammar School is delighted to announce Mrs Sarah Flear as its new Chair of Governors.

After five years of service as a Governor and latterly Chair of Governors, Mr Tim Wilson recently announced his retirement from the post. At the Annual General Meeting earlier this week Sarah was unanimously voted in as the new Chair with the full support of the governing body.

Sarah joined the governors over a year ago and since her appointment has played an integral part in working with the Head, Dr Norris, and other governors as they develop a long term vision to grow and develop the school.

Commenting on Mr Wilson’s retirement, Dr Norris said: “It is with real sadness we see Tim leave. Myself, the staff and governors are incredibly grateful for his leadership, advice and support as the school has moved in to a new era.”

Sarah is a qualified chartered accountant and partner at Smith Cooper, with over 25 years of experience of providing audit, assurance and advisory services to a wide range of businesses. Prior to joining Smith Cooper she worked for PKF Nottingham and then Ernst and Young.

At Smith Cooper she is Head of Audit and notably leads their education team which provides assurance and advisory services to schools.

Being Chair is a key role in the leadership and management of any school and requires a person to be prepared to work proactively with the Head to promote and maintain high standards of education and achievement as well as setting a clear vision and strategic direction for the school.

The Chair and wider governing body play a vital role in holding the school to account for its overall management and performance.

Throughout her professional career Sarah has been involved in advising many boards of directors, trustees and governors of businesses, charities and schools. Through this she has gained the necessary credentials for the Chair of Governors role and has specifically demonstrated her understanding of what is required for strong governance, and the significant commitment of both time and effort this involves, as well as providing sound business advice and an understanding of how schools operate.

As a result of her professional role, she also understands the need to build relationships and the importance of team building which are vital parts of the chair’s role.

She has two sons who keep her busy outside of work, both are pupils at Derby Grammar School.

Commenting on her new role, Sarah said: “I am very proud to be appointed as Chair of Governors for Derby Grammar School. I have been involved with the school as a parent for the past four years and was appointed to the Board of Governors in late 2017.

This year saw the appointment of our fantastic new Head, Dr Norris, and I have been working closely with her and the wider governing body in setting a new strategic vision for the school.

Her leadership has already made such a positive impact on the school and I am very excited about working alongside the wider Derby Grammar School team as we enter a new chapter, particularly as we celebrate our silver anniversary in the coming academic year 2019/20.

As we look back at the past 25 years there is a real cause for celebration in the achievement of our pupils, both past and present, and in how far the school has come on its journey so far.”

Sarah’s appointment as Chair, alongside a team of governors who have an incredible wealth of experience, knowledge and skill, ensures the school is well positioned to continue to thrive.