Chairman stands down from the helm of Sunderland school governors

Peter Gibson has retired after being chair of governors at Farringdon school for 30 years.
Peter Gibson has retired after being chair of governors at Farringdon school for 30 years.
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A DEDICATED governor has stepped down after 30 years.

Councillor Peter Gibson has decided it is time to retire from the unpaid post as chairman of governors at Farringdon Community Academy.

The 72-year-old volunteered for the very first board of governors at the school and remained there.

However, after working with six different headteachers, he felt it was time to let someone else take over.

Coun Gibson said: “The government at the time, it was Margaret Thatcher’s government, decreed that every school had to have a board of governors and letters were sent out asking people if they were interested.

“At the first meeting of the new governors at Farringdon, I was elected as chairman and have had the post ever since.

“The school has just become an academy, which I wanted for it, so is starting a new chapter.

“I thought it was a good time for me to retire. But I will be keeping a very close eye on things.”

Coun Gibson, who has also been a governor at Thornhill School, New Silksworth Infant and New Silksworth Junior over the years and is currently a governor at Portland Academy, said he is very proud of all the achievements and improvements Farringdon has made.

He said: “Each head has brought new ideas and the school has gone from strength to strength. I have told them next time there is an Ofsted they better get outstanding.”

The councillor, who lives in Silksworth with his wife, Betty, and has two sons, David, 50, and 47-year-old Neil, said being a school governor is not something to take on lightly, but he has always “thoroughly enjoyed it.