Lead Governor retires after 28 years' service

Published Tuesday, 25th July 2017
Governor and headteachers of Redscope
Paula Dobbin, Redscope Primary Headteacher; Bronwen Watson; Claire Sneath, former headteacher and Pat Moss, former headteacher

One of the longest serving school governors in Rotherham has retired from the role.

Bronwen Watson MBE has been a Governor at Redscope Primary school for the past 28 years, during which time she worked with three head teachers.

Last week she bid an emotional farewell to the school she has spent the last three decades supporting.

Wishing her all the best in her retirement, head teacher Paula Dobbin said: “I would like to pay immense and sincere thanks to Bronwen for her lifetime of relentless effort to improve the life chances of children in Rotherham. It has been a privilege to work with her. Her wealth of knowledge, honesty and integrity makes her an extremely hard act to follow but an excellent role model.”

She added Bronwen has always been totally dedicated to ensuring that Redscope Primary is “the best that it can be” and has supported the school through several Ofsted inspections. She has also attended many school productions, particularly at Christmas.

“The children of Redscope Primary School and their families have benefitted from her interest and commitment and she has been central to the improvement of our school community,” added Mrs Dobbin. “Parental engagement has greatly improved as a result of her ideas and enthusiasm. Her view that it takes a community to raise a child has been a reminder to so many agencies over the years. It is implicitly true, yet also the hardest, though most rewarding responsibility.

“I wish Bronwen many, many happy and healthy years to come, enjoying her family and relaxing on lots of holidays. She will be greatly missed by her Redscope Family.” 

Bronwen, who was given her MBE for services to adult learning in the Queen’s 2006 New Years’ Honours, is retiring as the current chair of Governors, with a replacement to be announced in due course.

She joined the Governing team at Redscope firstly at the infant school and then, from 2005, at the newly amalgamated primary school where she quickly rose to becoming chair of the Governing Board.

Bronwen has also been a member of other governing bodies, particularly helping schools in special measure, and has also been a member of the local Governors Forum.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement because helping a school ‘behind the scenes’ is a wonderful way of serving the community.

“I have thoroughly embraced and enjoyed the position and was very, very glad to be able to support the school in this way.”

Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council added: “For someone to want to dedicate so much of their own time to such a cause is fantastic to see. I am sure she will be hard shoes to fill.”