22 March 2018

The community came together at Norham this week when the outgoing High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, Lieutenant General Robin Brims held his special farewell reception at our school.

The High Sheriff invited more than 200 distinguished guests from across Tyne and Wear to Norham for the special ceremony to mark the end of his one-year term of office. 

Lieutenant Brims said he selected Norham High School because of the special relationship he’s built with pupils and staff over the past year, and the impressive work he’s seen at our school during that time.

He was joined at his farewell ceremony by distinguished and influential VIP guests including Civic leaders from the region’s Local Authorities, former High Sheriffs of the County, senior representatives from the Armed Forces and Uniformed Services in Tyne and Wear, voluntary groups and local business and education leaders.

The farewell event also showcased great work that’s happening across North Tyneside, including displays by pupils from North Shields schools and students from TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College. There was also displays from sixteen voluntary groups from across the borough that the High Sheriff has worked with during his term in office.  The food for the event was amazing, and it was prepared and served by students from TyneMet College.

As part of the ceremony, pupils from Norham High School and Percy Main Primary School presented Lieutenant Brims with a special piece of photography of the North Shields area, produced by a pupil from Norham.

The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear is a voluntary role and involves undertaking a range of work that benefits the county. The office of High Sheriff is the oldest appointment under the Crown, stretching back over 1000 years to before the Norman Conquest. 

Supporting the work of community groups and their volunteers is a particular priority of the High Sheriff, which includes the Tyne and Wear High Sheriff’s Fund, looked after by the Community Foundation, which distributes around £40,000 a year to help local groups working primarily with young people and children.

Lieutenant Brims, who is a regular visitor to Norham High School, said: “I’ve visited Norham on a number of occasions this year and have been extremely impressed by the work that’s happening in the school to drive up standards. The pupils are an absolute delight to spend time with and I’m always made to feel wonderfully welcome. I hope to continue my relationship with the school after my term of office ends, offering support however I can.”

David Bavaird, Chair of Governors at Norham High School and Percy Main Primary School, added: “It was an absolute honour to host the High Sheriff’s farewell ceremony here at Norham, and the event was a huge success. We were humbled to have the opportunity to showcase this fantastic school to almost 200 distinguished guests and share all that is great about North Tyneside, and particularly Norham. We have built an excellent relationship with the High Sheriff during his term of office and are indebted to him for the interest and support he’s shown in our pupils. It’s been a hugely valuable and rewarding experience for them and I look forward to the relationship continuing.”

More pictures from the event will be added to our gallery very soon.