Bancroft's School, founded in 1737 by the Drapers' Company as trustees of Francis Bancroft's will, is today a highly successful co-educational independent school. See http://www.bancrofts.org/ for further details.
The close links between the between the school and the Company continue on many levels. One small manifestation of these ties is that two governors' meetings a year are held at the Hall. Traditionally the Master is in attendance at these meetings. In the past the Master was styled as the Visitor. However when Professor Graham Zellick was Master last year he pointed out that this title raised some interesting and probably unresolvable legal issues. So this year I attend in an untitled, and possibly a little uncertain, capacity.
The Chairman of Governors, who is always a Draper, is currently Past Master Stephen Foakes. I was chairman of governors from 2003 to 2008 immediately before him. Caroline Bonnor-Moris, Dr Colette Bowe and Craig Tallents are also Drapers' governors out of a total of some fifteen also drawn from London Borough of Redbridge, Essex County Council, the Old Bancroftians and the local community, some of whom have sent children to the school.
I had not attended a Bancroft's School meeting since November 2008 when I stood down to devote my time to Drapers' Academy. It was heartening to see that the school still makes excellent progress under the leadership of the Head, Mary Ireland, and a whole range of intiatives that will continue to improve the school are being actively and enthusiastically developed by the governors and the senior leadership team.