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Ditcham Park School - Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing body I wholeheartedly welcome you to Ditcham Park School where we look to provide a Ditcham experience that is the richest possible for the successful education of your child.

A message from our new Chair of Governors Mr Chris Pickett

I am immensely proud to be writing to you as the new Chair of Governors of Ditcham Park School.

My association with Ditcham goes back 11 years to the time when we entrusted our son Henry to the school, and although Henry left two years ago following the successful completion of his GCSEs, our daughter Ella is currently in Juniors.

I was elected as a Governor of the school in 2008 and more recently I have taken on the role of chairing the Governors’ Marketing Sub-Committee.

When Mr Bruce Strugnell announced his intention to retire as Chair of Governors I was honoured to be invited to stand for election as his successor and very grateful to receive the full support of my fellow Governors.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Bruce Strugnell for his leadership over the last nine years. He has overseen considerable development within the school even though we have experienced the worst recession in living memory. I am delighted that he will be staying on the Council for another year in order that we can benefit from his vast experience and wisdom.

It is my intention that, alongside my fellow Governors, we will remain focussed on developing the school with particular emphasis on maintaining our treasured ethos. Our aim remains to support our Head Teacher, Mr Andrew Rowley, and his staff, in every way possible, to enable them to continue to provide the very special education that our children enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the South Downs National Park.

Like you, I chose Ditcham as the school which I believed would provide not only educational opportunities, but the confidence and social graces for my children to successfully move forward to further education and beyond. Eleven years later I know these core values are more important than ever and it is this knowledge which gives me terrific confidence as I begin my tenure as Chair of Governors.


I am always available for a conversation about the School and I very much look forward to meeting you at future school events.

With best wishes,

Chris Pickett

Chair of Governors