On the board

29th November 2002 at 00:00
Bob Tuck, 78, has been a governor for 26 years at the 380-pupil Greenwood junior school in Nottingham. He has just retired after being chair for 22 years. A keen pigeon racer and ex-Conservative county councillor, he worked as an executive engineer for British Telecom and also taught BT apprentices at night school.

What made you want to be a governor?

I was in my late 50s and wanted to stay active, so I went into local politics and was asked to become a governor of three local schools.

What dodon't you like?

The children are delightful. One recently had been a bit of a nuisance and after an interview I said I wanted to see some blue merit stickers on his card next time, and he came and showed me. Then you think it is all worthwhile. I don't like the paperwork - computers increase it.

What is the biggest, best or worst change you've seen during your time as a governor?

The best was being able to control our own money. It was great to be able to plan repairs, for example. The worst has been dealing with difficult children. The stress they put on teachers is fantastic and they get demoralised. The Government wants these children in mainstream schools but they don't have to put up with the consequences.

What does your family think of your commitment?

They are delighted. Two of my daughters are teachers and so were my two sisters.

If you could wave a wand, what would you wish for the school?

A playground with grass.

And who or what would you make disappear?

The old staffroom.

Your ideal fantasy governor?

Rab Butler, who brought in the Education Act 1944. A great man.

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