Education solicitor will help Colchester school through academy transition

An education and employment law specialist at Birkett Long has taken on a new challenge by becoming a governor at Colchester County High School for Girls.

Emily Brown, who runs the education department at the law firm in Crouch Street, will use her experience to support the school in its early stages as an academy.  She explained that academy schools are state-maintained but independently run, and that their operations will need to be approached in the style of a private business come September, whilst keeping the students and the school’s ethos at the heart of it all.

Emily said: “This time is a real opportunity for the school, its students and the governing body.  We’ll be strategically planning for the future so it’s useful for them to have someone who has a background in the legal arena.

“I’m really looking forward to my new role at this brilliant school and helping them through this transitional phase and beyond.”

The governing body has also been complimented with the appointment of Marc Albano, Deputy Director of Finance at the University of Essex.  He said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to become a governor at Colchester County High School for Girls.  I am a qualified accountant and prior to my role at the university I spent over 20 years working in Government finance which included school funding.

“It is a privilege to be associated with one of the country’s top schools.”

Headteacher Gillian Marshall welcomed Emily and Marc to the governing body.  She added: “They are both very keen and passionate about their new roles at the school. The key thing for us has been to appoint people who have a skill set that will be useful for the changing educational landscape. It’s a new era of education and it’s very important that we’ve got the right people to help us at this stage in our history.”

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