The Foundation Governors of Ormskirk School, also known as the Foundation Trustees, were instituted in 1612 to provide education for young people in the town. Initially the Foundation (a registered charity with the Charity Commission) related to Ormskirk Grammar School and when that school closed and merged with Cross Hall High School in 2001 the Foundation transferred to become the Foundation Trustees of Ormskirk School.
The Foundation Trustees are appointed from several bodies. West Lancashire Borough Council and several Parish Councils appoint members as do the local justices, the Peter Lathom Charity and Edge Hill University. The link with the initial trust is maintained by having the Earl of Stanley, Lord Derby as an ex-officio Foundation Trustee along with the vicar of Ormskirk Parish Church.
The Foundation Body has the function of providing the local children with the best possible education. It was in that clear knowledge that the Body took the brave and far-sighted decision in 2000 to reconstitute itself and to promote the fine new school that is now built and occupied on the former Cross Hall High School site.
The Foundation Body meets once per term and has two highly important jobs:
- It appoints five of the school’s Governing Body. Often these appointees will be Foundation Governors themselves but on occasion they have not been so.
- It takes strategic control of the management of the assets of the Trust. These assets have significantly appreciated since the Formation of Ormskirk School with the sale of the land on the former Grammar School site. The assets provide a substantial and regular source of income for the school which allows significant improvements to be made in departments around the school and allows the young people to apply for funding for expensive educational opportunities, such as foreign visits, that would otherwise be out of their reach.
The Foundation also donates the highly prized annual Foundation Governor awards for the students at the school who distinguish themselves each year, overcoming adversity and supporting others.
The Foundation Trustees celebrated their 400th anniversary on September 28th 2012. The occasion was marked by numerous events such as a gala dinner, a Founders’ Day concert with fireworks and a church service. The events allowed the Trustees to re-emphasise their relevance to the pupils, staff and parents at the school today.
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Mrs R Halsall
Term of Office: 6th June 2015 - 5th June 2019
Mrs Hilary Rosbotham
Peter Lathom's Charity
Term of Office: 18th August 2014 - 17th August 2018
The Earl of Derby DL
Lord Derby (Edward) was born on 10th October 1962. Continuing a long family tradition, he was educated at Eton and was then commissioned into the Grenadier Guards (1981 – 1985) before attending the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
In November 1994, he succeeded his uncle as the 19th Earl of Derby and, the following October, married the Hon. Caroline Neville, daughter of The Lord Braybrooke. They have three children: Henrietta, Edward and Oliver.
He joined Robert Fleming & Co Ltd in 1987 where he worked in the private client investment management business and became Head of Private Banking. He still spends some time in London, where he continues his investment banking interests on a part-time basis, having recently been appointed Chairman of Fleming Family & Partners Trustee Company Limited.
Most of his time is spent running the Knowsley Estate which is part agricultural and part commercial. It also includes Knowsley Safari Park, home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe; and Knowsley Hall, a stately home which, following its restoration, is now an established venue for private and corporate entertainment with a very high quality catering operation. It is Liverpool’s only 5 Star accommodation and the only stately home in the country to be so graded.
Lord Derby was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 1999 and has become increasingly involved in recent years with some 100 organisations predominantly in the North West.