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Heworth School Governor Honoured After 40 Years Service

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10:34am 15th July 2013

Gordon Davies, 84, is stepping down from his role as a governor at Heworth CE Primary School, after 40 years in the role.  His fellow governors, staff and students will be marking this achievement and saying farewell at the school’s leavers service at Holy Trinity Church, Heworth on Tuesday 23rd July. 

Gordon Davies joined Heworth CE Primary School as a Foundation Governor in 1973, through his links as Parish Treasurer for Holy Trinity Church in Heworth. During his 40 years as a governor, Gordon has seen many changes within the education and governance systems. These have included the introduction of the Local Management of Schools which saw governing bodies taking on more responsibility for the budgetary aspects and financial management of their schools.  At Heworth Primary he has also been closely involved in the financial management of a variety of projects to improve the school building, including a major initiative to create a mezzanine floor which was completed in 1995 and now accommodates the school’s main hall, library, staffroom and class 5.

The Headteacher, Simon Biddlestone said, "Whilst I have only been part of the Heworth school family for a very small proportion of Gordon's time here, I have found his attention to detail, knowledge and expertise immensely valuable. I know that Gordon cares a great deal about our school and the children and works tirelessly in the background. It is remarkable to think how much education has changed since Gordon first became a Governor and it is a great credit to him that he has moved with the times. He has played a key part in many of the improvements that have been completed at the school which has ensured that the school continues to serve the community in today's educational climate. Gordon is an excellent example to us all."

Gordon said, “I’ve enjoyed my role at Heworth CE Primary very much, particularly in dealing with the school’s financial affairs and helping to promote its Christian values.”

“It would be difficult to overstate Gordon’s contribution to our school community,” said Chair of Governors, Judith Mannion.  “He has worked tirelessly to help ensure the school’s financial affairs are expertly managed and wisely administered and our Christian values are cherished and promoted.  We are all enormously grateful for his contribution and send him our heartfelt thanks and very best wishes for his retirement.”

Gordon was born in York and attended the Glen School (part of what is now Tang Hall Primary) before going to Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School in Lord Mayor’s Walk. After completing his National Service (1947 to 1949) he was offered a place, in 1950, at Trinity College, Cambridge to study Engineering and Economics.

After graduating, Gordon returned to York to join British Railways in 1954 as a Management Trainee. His subsequent career was spent in the commercial, operating and finance departments until his retirement in 1993.

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