New governor takes charge at 'outstanding' Belmont Grosvenor School
Harrogate ‘outstanding’ independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor has a new man at the helm of its Board of Governors.
Former Headteacher Gordon Milne, who has been a governor at the co-educational school for the past decade, has taken over the role of Chairman from Fran Trowell.
Mrs Trowell still remains on the Board of Governors at the Harrogate school.
Married with three grown-up children, Mr Milne is delighted to have been appointed Chairman – and is looking forward to his new role at the independent school.
“We are a very committed governing body, meeting 7 times a year, and we are fully supportive of the school and its excellent Headteacher Jane Merriman.
“I am a great believer in having choice within the independent sector. I believe there is a place for smaller schools like Belmont Grosvenor with the advantages that small brings.
“Belmont Grosvenor School is a family community with family values. Children are known individually by every teacher here at school, every child is given the space to learn, develop and grow in confidence,” he said.
“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to become more involved in the school,” he said.
A highly-experienced teacher and headteacher, Mr Milne was headteacher at Richmond House School in Leeds for many years, before taking a headship in the south of England.
Belmont Grosvenor School was formed by the merger of boys prep school Grosvenor House and girls school Belmont Birklands, both originally based on Harrogate’s Duchy estate.
The co-educational prep school is based in 20-acres of grounds at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, and , along with its Magic Tree Nursery, caters for children from three months to 11 years.
With around 200 pupils, the school is recognised across the region for its academic and sporting achievements. All children at Belmont Grosvenor benefit from the school’s use of its outdoor space, from regular Forest School sessions for the younger children to outside Enrichment Afternoons for the older pupils.
“Our location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a wonderful advantage to us here at Belmont Grosvenor School. We have the benefit of fantastic grounds – the only school in Harrogate with such grounds – yet we are only 10 minutes drive from the centre of town,” he said.
“Once a parent comes here with their child, they know they have made the right choice,” said Mr Milne.
He said during his time as Chairman of the Governors he hoped to build on the successes that Mrs Trowell and her team had achieved.
“She has done a wonderful job during the past 10 years and I am looking forward to developing the school and assisting the Head Teacher and staff in maintaining Belmont Grosvenor School’s excellent reputation and it’s ‘outstanding’ inspection ,” he said.
Headteacher at Belmont Grosvenor School, Jane Merriman, said she was looking forward to working with Mr Milne.