Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Jenny Clements (1940-2015) - A Tribute

We were very sad to hear of the death of Jenny Clements last Friday. She was a great servant to the Matravers Board of Governors. She was Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of our Every Child Matters committee for many years.

Jenny will be greatly missed by all who knew her at the school. It was her abiding interest in the welfare and wellbeing of the children and young people of the Westbury area that led Jenny to devote so much time and effort to school governance. With friends at Westbury Infants and the Manor School, Melksham we will feel her loss very keenly.

Jenny had a special concern for disadvantaged children and young people. As noted, she was chair of ECM. The committee’s title stemmed from educational agenda of a previous government and there was some talk of renaming it, but Jenny was adamant, Every Child does Matter and so it remained. As a governor Jenny was capable contributing to discussions on school strategy and immersing herself in the finer points of data reports, but she never allowed us to forget that it was all about the children.

Jenny was not only involved in school governance. Amongst other things she was involved in the Hospital League of Friends, Westbury Lions, and the United Reformed Church. It was her faith that inspired her to spend her life in service of the people of the Westbury area. Jenny wasn’t a great one for email. My correspondence with her was decidedly one sided, but her email address was ‘JennyWestbury’, which kind of says it all.

It’s difficult to imagine governance at Matravers without Jenny’s steadying presence, but she would want us to press on with our quest to ensure that the school provides the outstanding education that the young people of our area deserve. I for one will miss Jenny’s wise counsel, forthright manner and good humour. It was a privilege to have know her and worked alongside her.