‘Honour and privilege’ as new £2m school building is named after governor

Graham Baird speaks at the opening ceremony (Photo by Chloe Chamberlain)
Graham Baird speaks at the opening ceremony (Photo by Chloe Chamberlain)

A former school governor said it was a “great honour and a privilege” to have a new building named after him.

The £2million Graham Baird building was opened at Collyer’s College, in Hurst Road, on Friday (March 11).

Mr Baird, has been part of the Collyer’s family since he started serving on the PTA in 1982.

He was appointed as a governor in 1986, serving in many roles over the years, including chairman of governors.

He was joined at the opening of the Graham Baird building by Horsham MP Jeremy Quin.

The building was funded by government Demographic Growth Funding and the Mercers’ Company – the Premier Livery Company of the City of London which makes substantial grants to support education, welfare, churches, arts and heritage.

Mr Baird said: “It is a great honour and a privilege to have a building named after you, especially as it is following in the footsteps of such illustrious forbears as Dr William Duckering, Christopher Buckle, Dr John Dew and Rosemary Cowley.

“I am very proud of my association with Collyer’s and it has been marvellous to see it develop to cater for the widening needs of our young people.”

After cutting the ribbon, Mr Quin said: “Thank you to Graham for serving this fine institution for 30 years and congratulations to him for having this wonderful building named after him.”

Mr Baird retired from his governance role at the start of the year.

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