simon knightThe retirement of Simon Knight as Chair of Governors at St Mary’s Calne and St Margaret’s Preparatory School after eleven distinguished years as Chair and twenty-one years as a Governor was announced today.

As a result of Simon’s retirement at the AGM on Saturday 17th March 2018, Vicky Wilson was elected as Interim Chair and Hedley Ringrose as Interim Deputy Chair, while a permanent replacement is sought.

The Governors and Headmistresses would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for his enormous commitment, support and guidance. His passion for the schools was clear for all to see and he personally oversaw developments at both schools which have been key to the excellent reputations St Mary’s and St Margaret’s continue to enjoy. His contribution will be marked by both schools later this academic year, providing an opportunity for our school communities to recognise Simon’s achievements publicly.

Headmistress of St Mary's Calne, Dr Kirk, commented, “Simon has been a tremendous Chair to work with and an unfailing source of advice, support and good humour. He has worked tirelessly, with huge success, for the benefit of the whole school community”.

Headmistress of St Margaret's Preparatory School, Mrs Cordon, commented, “Simon’s commitment to St Margaret’s has been significant and valued throughout his time as a governor and its current excellent standing as a school at the forefront of preparatory education is testament to this. We could not be more grateful for his encouragement and support and very much hope that he will remain a close friend for many years to come”.

The Governors have started a formal process to appoint a permanent Chair, which will be led by a Nominations Committee of Governors. We will update you further on our progress with this process over the coming months.

St Mary’s and St Margaret’s are thriving and have had very successful starts to 2018 and we look forward to continuing to take the schools forward, building on Simon’s and his predecessors’ legacy.