Gosport kids are particularly fabulous

St John's School governors 

Julie Renn, left, and the Rev Carrie Thompson, chair of governors.
St John's School governors Julie Renn, left, and the Rev Carrie Thompson, chair of governors.

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Our columnist Rev Carrie Thompson is vicar of St John’s Church, in Forton Road, Gosport. Here she talks about the joy of being a school governor.

ONE of my favourite things about being a vicar is the time I get to spend in schools.

I like children in general – and I think Gosport kids are particularly fabulous, always lively and full of interesting things to say, not to mention a few difficult questions which keep me on my toes.

But it’s not just the children that make schools such fun – it’s also the people who work there.

Teachers and support staff in Gosport are hugely dedicated to our children, and really go the extra mile to give them the best possible education and experiences.

You don’t have to be a parent or a teacher to realise that education is going through a challenging time at the moment.

There are lots of changes to curriculums and assess ment, budgets are shrinking, and there’s a real shortage of qualified teachers in Hampshire.

But schools are also fun, energising and exciting places to be.

Every every single one of our schools in Gosport is a real asset to our town, our children and our wider community.

One of the ways I and many other church people try to support our local schools is by being a school governor.

Governors have an integral role to play in enabling our schools to help children learn and our whole community flourish.

If you would like to help our schools, why not think about becoming a governor yourself? You can learn more at bit.ly/2dKfZ2y.

If you would particularly like to be a governor in a Church of England school go to bit.ly/2e0A83n.