Longridge School marks retirement of Lady Caroline

LADY Caroline Douglas Home, vice-chairman of governors at Longridge Towers School, retires at the end of this term, after 15 years service to the governing body.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:09 am

As a thank you for her hard work, dedication and commitment the School's Head Boy and Head Girl presented her with a painting of the school by local artist Annabelle Milne during the Founder's Day Service.

Lady Caroline was appointed a governor in 1995, shortly after the death of her father, the former Prime Minister, Lord Home of the Hirsel, who was the first chairman of Longridge Towers School.

Longridge Towers, a day, weekly and termly boarding school is the only independent school in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders offering education for boys and girls aged between 4-18 years. The governing body work very closely with all of the teachers and staff to ensure that the school offers children the best possible start in life, both educationally and socially.

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In her role as a governor, Lady Caroline served four years as chair of the school's Estate and Fabric Committee, overseeing the completion and commissioning of the Stobo Building and overall development and improvement of the junior school.

In this time, she has thoroughly enjoyed being able to contribute towards the successful running of the school. She has also seen many changes in the features of education.

Lady Caroline said: "My years with Longridge have been very rewarding with many improvements being made, for the junior school with the Stobo Building andimprovements to the Jerningham Building and their surroundings, the relocation of the music schooland many other improvements throughout the school.

"I have greatly enjoyed working with the Longridge team and being one of those enabling these things to happen. I know that the school is in excellent hands and will go from strength to strength into the future."

Speaking at the school's Founders' Day, Ian McCreath, one of the founders of the school and chairman of the Governors wished Lady Caroline well, and added his own personal thanks.

He said: "In her own quiet and unassuming way she has shown total commitment to the interests and wellbeing of the school throughout her period of office. She has never been short of an appropriate word of encouragement and support to me during my period as chairman."