Children at Diss Primary Academy Partnership Learn About the Role of a High Sheriff

December 3, 2021

Schools in Diss Primary Academy Partnership received a visit from Michael Gurney DL, High Sheriff of Norfolk, on Wednesday 1st December.

His morning visit consisted of a meeting with Headteacher Mrs Jo Cerullo, and with Clive Sinfield, Chair of Governors, where they discussed the community of Diss and briefed him on the school’s challenges during the pandemic, followed by a discussion with the Pastoral Team where they explained the schools’ latest practices around supporting wellbeing for both pupils and their families.


The High Sheriff shared his views on the importance of primary schools and their role in preparing children for adult life. 


He said: “Great teachers change children’s lives for the better.  It has been an honour to visit Diss Church of England Junior Academy and Infants to see how happy, safe and secure the children are.   What a difference these schools are making to their community. Many thanks to all the staff who are working tirelessly for the children.”


He enjoyed a tour of the Junior school where he saw children engaged in their learning before meeting with the School Council where an interesting Q&A session was held.

The High Sheriff was interviewed by the School Council, which he enjoyed despite some challenging and insightful questions. They asked him a range of questions about how he supported the Police, what he enjoyed about being a High Sheriff and whether his job was difficult some days. 


Hannah, Year 6, said: “”I really enjoyed meeting the High Sheriff as I learnt lots about his role.” 

Mabrouk, Year 5 said: “He was really kind and helps our community so much.” 


High Sheriffs are really helpful people, they do so many helpful things” said Bethany, Year 4.


Children at the Infant school learnt about Michael’s role in an assembly and particularly enjoyed seeing him in his uniform: a frock coat, hat and sword.  He then visited the Reception Class as they are currently focusing on special people. A highlight for them was when Maxwell had the opportunity to try on the High Sheriff’s hat. 


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