Out of the room I must withdraw
While others undertake the poll
(Though no-one else – as I foresaw –
Is willing to contest the role).

As the outcome is shared aloud
I do not wince nor shed a tear.
I try to look as if I’m proud
To be voted in for another year.

The performance of the school’s not great –
RAISEonline shows mainly blue.
Behaviour’s poor, children come late,
The head is bloody-minded too.

It matters not how keen we are;
Making an impact’s what will count
Michael Wilshaw has raised the bar –
How well have we spent each amount?

The challenge set by the DfE
Is to raise achievement year on year.
I thank whatever gods may be
For all the governors who volunteer.

Beyond the best of our endeavours
Looms but the prospect of The Grade
And yet the menace of special measures
Finds, and shall find, us unafraid.

We do our work without reward,
This load we’ve volunteered to bear.
And I am the captain of our board –
I am the governing body’s chair.


NB When the election of chair of governors takes place, any candidates must leave the room, because they are deemed to have a conflict of interest. This applies even if only one candidate puts themselves forward. Candidates for election do not have a vote. Only if the person chairing that section of the meeting – who will probably, by tradition not law, be the clerk – is a governor will they have a casting vote.

Based on ….


Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

 William Ernest Henley

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