VIDEO: Building is legacy of man committed to community

A new school building named after a governor who passed away last year has been officially opened by his family.

Richard Hibberd was the vice chair of governors at Chichester High School for Boys (CHSB) from 2006 until he passed away suddenly at the end of March 2013.

A new state-of-the-art school building named after him was officially opened on Monday night by his wife Ski, daughter Immy and son George.

“It is a great honour to be here this evening, if a rather bitter-sweet one,” said Ski.

“Richard got involved in areas where he felt he could make a difference, where he could use his strengths and knowledge and talents to help others.”

Ski said the building will act as a lasting legacy of a man who was committed to the community.

“I know Richard would be smiling down on us this evening and would want to join me in wishing every young person who crosses this threshold, a happy and successful educational experience.”

The school’s acting head teacher Gary Potter gave a speech to pupils, parents, governors, staff and Richard’s family before the opening and spoke of Richard’s many contributions to the school.

“He always supported and encouraged others to give of their best whilst providing a listening ear and giving wise counsel to those in need.

“Many of the successes and improvements made in the school over the last eight years can be directly attributed to his work as Governor and Vice Chair of Governors.”

Richard was headteacher at Westergate Community School, now called Ormiston Six Villages Academy, before his retirement.

After retiring he joined the PCC of St Nicholas and St Mary’s Church, Lavant.

He was president of Chichester Priory Park Cricket Club.

He established and managed a girls cricket team so Immy could play and he managed George’s hockey team.

The new building houses modern Maths, Drama, Music and Geography classrooms with top-of-the-range equipment.