Retiring Albany Governor recognised by County

After 20 years of volunteering to support one of Chorley’s top secondary schools, Robert Hodgkins, who retired from the role this summer has been awarded the Special Recognition Award by the Lancashire Association for School Governing Bodies.

Robert Hodgkins, who joined what was Albany High School’s Governing Body back in 1998, retired in 2018 having been a Governor for 20 years.

Robert joined initially a parent governor as his children were at Albany, and at that point he had already been a Governor at St Michael’s High School in Chorley and at Adlington St Paul’s Primary School; so brought a wealth of experience with him.

During his time at Albany Academy he has taken on every role possible, apart from Chair of Governors. He chaired many of the committees, been a link governor and also been Vice Chair at Albany for over 8 years!

Robert has been instrumental in influencing the strategic direction of the school throughout this time at Albany, including the push to gain to College status in 2003.

Over the time Robert has spent many hours in school, during the day in various capacities, meeting with student, staff and parent. He is well respected in the school and the Governing Body.

Peter Mayland, Headteacher of Albany, said “This award is well deserved, Robert has contributed a great deal to the school, supported me and my predecessors and been a wonderful advocate for Albany Academy. Above all he has championed the children and helped steer the school through its successes of the past 20 years.”