Cecilia Bufton

Cecilia Bufton
Cecilia Bufton

What do you enjoy about being a governor of Sidcot?

It’s a long time since I’ve been in a school so I’m enjoying the learning

What do you do in everyday life?

I spend as much time as possible “playing” outdoors, building a garden in our new home. I’m also Chair of two national charities, Plant Heritage, responsible for the National Plant

What’s most important to you about being a governor?

Young people build the future;  as a governor, I am able to offer my skills, experience and enthusiasm in support of a school dedicated to developing individuals that will have the knowledge and desire want to ensure that future is equitable, peaceful and sustainable

What are you curious about?

Everything – especially people

What surprises you about Sidcot?

When I was able to visit the school, I was certainly surprised by the school food, most especially the fruit that I saw everywhere.  Having been at boarding school myself many years ago, I’m sure we lived off crumble, custard and toast!

Do you think you would enjoy being a student at Sidcot?  And if so, why?

Definitely. There is an energy about the school with its international community and a very distinct approach to learning, encouraging independent thinking, creativity and building resilience.

What does Quakerism mean to you?

I came across Quakerism in the context of business and was impressed with some elements that I have found very helpful. Just one example, the idea that a majority vote leaves those on the “losing” side feeling that they haven’t been listened to has led me to work harder in listening to all views and finding a way to proceed that all can agree on. 

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in (Leonard Cohen)

If you had one word to sum up Sidcot, what would it be?