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Governance Update

Leon De Costa formally stepped down as Chair of Governors on 18th July having served the
Compass School community since July 2014. As a Lawyer and Chief Executive of Judicium Education, Mr De Costa brought a broad range of expertise to the role together with a passion to ensure the young people in our community could achieve their potential. Behind the scenes, Mr De Costa has supported the leadership of the school and helped steer the school to its successful Ofsted inspection in June 2017.
 
Leon De Costa said, “It has been a pleasure to serve such a deserving community. Compass School was set up to provide a unique education offer for this community. I’m proud to have played a role in retaining our small school ethos, broad enrichment provision and the unshakeable belief that every pupil can achieve their academic potential. I am confident  these will continue to flourish as Martin Deutz takes up the mantle as Chair of Governors.”
 
Incoming Chair of Governors, Martin Deutz, is already well known to our community. He was a founder of the school and has been a governor and Chair of the Finance Committee since the school opened in 2013.  He has since been closely involved in supporting the Principal and the business team during our expansion to our present scale.  Prior to working on the founding of the school, Mr Deutz was a partner at KPMG UK, specialising in infrastructure financing, and was latterly the commercial director of the Department for Energy and Climate change, working on the financing of low-carbon energy.
 
Mr Deutz said: “I helped set up the school because I believe strongly in the power of education to transform lives – as it did mine.  The school’s values, mission and staff can make a huge difference to our students and our community, and I look forward to helping all at the school to ensure that we do.  I have the advantage of being able to build on Leon’s impressive legacy.  The governors and I thank him warmly for all that he has done for us and we wish him well for the future.”  
 
Mr Deutz will be supported in his role by a highly qualified team of governors from a range of backgrounds and professions. As always, Compass Schools is keen to engage parents in their work and would welcome interest in joining our body as a parent governor.