John Griffiths

Management Consultant

Why did you want to become a Governor at Arthur Terry?
As a past pupil of Arthur Terry and where my two brothers, sister and sons also attended, I am in huge gratitude to the school, its teachers and staff for helping me and my family to prepare for life and for giving us all many opportunities including giving me a route to University and introducing me to my life long love the world of athletics. I was therefore delighted and honoured to have been appointed and help to repay in a very small way to what the school has given to me. However, at first it did seem very strange to see so many familiar faces and for these relationships to change from teacher pupil to teacher governor, but it was so lovely to be welcomed back.

What skills and attributes do you have that you bring to your role as Governor?
Born and now residing in Sutton Coldfield and after successfully attending the school as did my two boys, I am naturally familiar to the area and empathise to the needs of the children, their family and the community. I seek to create as many opportunities as possible to all children regardless of ability and background and this can only be done through a good support structure both at home and at school. Education and extra curriculum activities provide so many opportunities and it is our responsibility to provide excellence in a broad range of subjects and activities as well as guidance, support and protection so that every child finds their own niche in life.

Professionally, I advise and support the Boards of many public sector, not for profit and commercial organisations to provide excellent outcomes at best value. I am therefore pleased to be able to provide some of my knowledge, experience and of course time to the school to help to act as critical friend so that the school can fulfil its objectives of providing excellence as well as an extensive number of opportunities.

What do you enjoy most about being a Governor?
I love to see the school and each and every child progress and see so many positive outcomes they bring. One of the best days of the year for me is the A Level results day, where after all their hard work, most of our children as they become adults fulfil their dreams of attending the University or career of their choice. I am delighted that the school has played its role in making these dreams become reality and for the hard working staff to go home quietly satisfied and enthused for the new academic year ahead.