Fond farewell to long-serving school governor

Eleanor Dannan with chair of governors Peter Upward
Eleanor Dannan with chair of governors Peter Upward
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Staff and governors at Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy have said a fond farewell to one of the longest-serving governors at the school.

Eleanor Dannan became a governor in February 2000 and has not only worked tirelessly as a governor to support the school, but has also volunteered as a classroom assistant.

During her time she has taken up numerous roles within the school.

These include being an active member of the curriculum committee, playing a particularly important role as a special needs governor, working and monitoring pupils, and maintaining the governors’ gift fund.

She has even stood in to act as a volunteer receptionist in the office.

Headteacher Sara Willoughby said: ‘Eleanor has been a valued member of the governing body at the school and she will be greatly missed by the governors, staff and children at the school.

‘She has generously given up her time to support many children within the school and we have been truly fortunate to have Eleanor as such an active member of the governing body.’

She was known for bringing a good deal of common sense and acute understanding to discussion and decision-making within meetings.

Before she was a governor at Hook-with-Warsash, Mrs Dannan worked as a PA, a youth training manager and a leisure boat insurance manager at a large local boatyard.