In 1920, a Company called Roedean School, Limited, was formed to own the School, be responsible for its liabilities and to control, through its Council, the general policy of the School.
Members of the Company were called Governors (a unique use of this term in English schools).
The Royal Charter
In December 1938, King George VI awarded Roedean the Royal Charter.
Writing at the time, Sir Paul Lawrence (brother of the founders) said, “The grant of a Royal Charter to a Public School proclaims to the world that it is a first-rate school in every respect. It behoves everyone interested in its success to redouble his or her effort to keep up its high tradition and good name and make it more successful than ever.”
A Corporation replaced the original 1920 Company when the Charter was awarded, and this now controls the School through a Council of Trustees. The role of Governors, like many aspects of the constitution, remained unchanged in the transition.
All Governors, as defined in the Charter, are either Old Roedeanians or members of Council. In fact, members of Council are effectively governors of Roedean in the traditional sense.
The current President of Governors is Lady Patten of Barnes, and her Vice-Presidents are Dr Jean Peacey and Mrs Sheila Fowler-Watt. The Governors have an AGM each year, usually held in London.
Royal Charter and Bye-Laws
Governors' AGM 2018
Further to the Annual General Meeting held at the Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR on Monday 19th February 2018, it is confirmed that the following were elected to Council, each by a majority on a show of hands with all other Governors in attendance abstaining:
Governors' AGM 2018 Update
The 2018 AGM Minutes and Governors' FAQs are now available from the Clerk to the Corporation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correspondence from Council
A copy of letters sent to Governors and supporting documentation can be read below.
Roedean Group of Schools FAQs
Roedean Journey Brochure 2013-18