22 September 2017

Thanks to our Executive Headetacher, Mr Baldwin and Chair of Governors, Mr Bavaird the High Sheriff of North Tyneside took the time out of his busy schedule to visit Norham and see for himself how 'Norham is Changing'. After a short welcome by Head of School, Mrs Roderick the High Sheriff was introduced to our year 7 and 8 pupils in assembly and had an amazing question and answer session. He explained exactly what the role of a High Sheriff was and how it had came about. The pupils found out that the Queen needs to appoint a High Sheriff and there are 55 High Sheriffs in England and Wales both male and female. They also found from their questioning that they do not get paid for their role and must fund all expenses themselves.

The High Sheriff then quickly visited some primary pupils who were cooking in our Food Technology area before meeting a group of year 10 and 11 pupils who were interested in the armed forces. Our Chair of Governors then escorted him to Percy Main Primary to meet their staff and pupils before returning to Norham for the final part of a very busy day.

Here are some really interesting facts on the High Sheriff's career.

Robin Brims was commissioned into The Light Infantry in 1970.[1] After various military appointments he took command of 3rd Battalion The Light Infantry in 1989. He then took up an appointment at the Ministry of Defence before taking command of 24 Airmobile Brigade in December 1994 deploying to Bosnia as part of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps the following year.

He went on to be Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland in November 1996 and then Director of Plans & Resources in January 1999. He was appointed Commander of the Multi-National Division (South-West) in Bosnia in 2000 after which he became General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division in November 2000, deploying to Iraq in 2003. For his service in Iraq he was given the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). He became Deputy Chief of Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood before being deployed as Senior British Military Representative and Deputy Commanding General, Multinational Force, Iraq in April 2005. He became Commander of the Field Army later that year and retired from active duty in January 2008.

He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear[7] and, in 2017, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear.


To find out more about the role of a High Sheriff click on the link below