A Guiseley School pupil who left after his A-levels in 2016 to embark on a legal apprenticeship at law firm Gordons has been appointed as a co-opted governor by his alma mater.

Dan Western, fully qualified as a chartered legal executive specialising in commercial property-related matters last December.

During his apprenticeship, he experienced mentoring from Gordons’ partners and experienced hands-on training to develop him professionally and personally. This has proved instrumental in providing Dan with the confidence and skills to become a school governor.

He accepted the co-opted governor role offered to him after discussions with headteacher Paul Clayton with whom he stayed in touch with after leaving.

In his role as governor, Dan will help the school implement its strategic vision whilst also being involved in decisions around performance, resourcing, and personnel.

Guiseley School has 1,450 pupils and a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. Having undertaken an extensive re-build programme over the last four years, the school now benefits from two new three-storey buildings.

Head teacher, Paul Clayton, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Dan to our board of governors. He has always been an advocate of the school and came and spoke to our students on a number of occasions about his legal apprenticeship at Gordons.

“We look forward to Dan bringing his energy, enthusiasm and insight to the role and helping further develop Guiseley School for the benefit of its pupils, parents, carers and the community it serves.”

Gordons launched its pioneering legal apprenticeship in September 2011. The firm was the first in the legal sector to offer an apprenticeship taking its chartered legal executive lawyers to the maximum Level 6, which is an honours degree equivalent.

Commenting on his appointment, Dan Western said: “It is a privilege to become a governor of any school, but to become one for a school you attended is particularly special.

“I am grateful for the education that Guiseley School provided me with as it created the opportunity for me to pursue a career in the law.

“There is no doubt that my apprenticeship at Gordons gave me the confidence to accept this role and developed my acumen as an adviser, which are both key to being a good governor.

“I will be working hard to ensure the school continues to develop young people both academically and personally to enable them to make the most of any opportunities in life.”