Long-serving Springwood High School governor steps down

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A governor who has served at Lynn’s Springwood High School since the governing body was first formed has stepped down after 29 years.

David Ferra, 76, was first put forward by other parents to be the founding chairman of the school’s parent teacher association in 1979.

Then, when the role of parent governor was established he was elected to that. At the time his son Stephen, now aged 51, was at the school.

Mark Ballman, associate headteacher, said: “David brought a huge amount of wisdom and knowledge and dedicated hours and hours of his time.

“These kind of public servants are hard to come by. He was always available and always had the interests of the school, pupils and staff at heart.

“He never came in and told us how to run the school, was always sympathetic to the aims of the school and just wanted to help and assist.”

In addition to his voluntary roles, Mr Ferra, spent five years as site manager at the school, in Queensway, Gaywood, in the 1990s.

He said: “I recall being at the presentation of the first ‘computer assisted learning room’. It had 15 computers in it back in the ’80s or early ’90s.

“I was told the other day that the school now has 1,500 or 1,600 computers. It just shows you the changes there have been.”

The highlight of his time with the school has always been annual presentation evenings where the achievements of pupils are celebrated, Mr Ferra said.

On his retirement, Mr Ferra was presented with an aerial photograph of the school site.

He still retains some links with the school, as he now has two grandchildren there.