One of the Midlands leading Independent schools, Derby Grammar School, has appointed Sarah Flear, chartered accountant and Partner here at Smith Cooper, as the new Chair of Governors.

Derby Grammar School is one of Derbyshire’s top performing independent day schools and provides an exceptional quality of education which allows pupils to flourish in a friendly environment.

Smith Cooper, one of the largest independently owned accountancy and business advisory firms for owner managed businesses across the Midlands, providing a range of professional services to clients operating in a variety of sectors.

In her role, Sarah principally oversees the Audit operations for all 6 offices across the Midlands, and also heads up the multi-capability academies team, providing compliance, assurance and advisory services to schools and academies, including external and internal audit, complimenting her appointment as Chair of Governors of Derby Grammar School.

Head of Derby Grammar School, Dr Ruth Norris comments “Sarah joined the governors over a year ago and since her appointment has played a fundamental role, working with myself and other governors as we develop a long-term vision to grow and develop the school.”

Sarah Flear comments “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair and look forward to working alongside the governors to develop and implement the school’s strategic vision further, ensuring it is well positioned to thrive.

She continues “I look forward to playing an integral part in the school’s development and the role provides me with a fantastic opportunity to be part of the operation of a school to further enhance my knowledge to advise our clients based in the education sector”.