The 2011 Medway Governor of the Year was announced at a ceremony on Saturday, 26 November.

Diana Smith, Vice Chair of Governors at the Barnsole Schools Federation scooped the winning title for her dedication and commitment to the governing body. Diana was also praised for going the extra mile as a governor, regularly going into school to listen to children read, helping with the school snack shop and supporting staff.

In a closely contested award, David Clay, Chair of Governors at Swingate Infant and Nursery School, was awarded runner up at the ceremony held at Hundred of Hoo School. David, who joined the Governing Body in 2005 and rapidly progressed to Chair, was commended for his proactive and personal approach to school life, particularly his support to the headteacher and staff who say he’s always happy to help and has an excellent relationship with fellow governors and school staff alike.

First prize at the awards, which are sponsored by the Pentagon Centre, Chatham, is a weekend for two in Paris and £100 to spend on books for their school library. The runner up will also receive £100 worth of books for their school. The annual Medway Governor of the Year Award, sponsored by Medway Council and The Medway Governors’ Association, honours the work of school governors who go that extra mile to improve schools around Medway.

School governor’s work closely with headteachers and staff to raise the standards and aspirations of a school and approve the school policies, budget and objectives.