YJA meets the High Sheriff

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Recently, I interviewed the High Sheriff of Rutland and gathered some very interesting facts for you to read. I hope you enjoy my mini series!

Andrew Brown, who runs a farm at Caldecott, is coming towards the end of his yearlong spell as High Sheriff of Rutland. Luckily for us, he visited the school before his term of office came to an end.

Chatting to me outside the school reception, he says, “It’s always good to come and talk to schools and tell people a little bit about this ancient role.”

I’m keen to find out how he was elected but he quickly corrects me: “The High Sheriff doesn’t get elected, he gets asked by the Queen!”

Apparently, there’s a committee in each county that tries to identify people who they thing might be able to take on the job. “I was very surprised to get a letter through the door, asking me if I could be the High Sheriff,” he tells me.

“I was very honoured to get that letter, and now here I am in my full regalia being interviewed by you!”

I want to know from Andrew what personal qualities the committee look out for.

“It needs to be someone who’s good at speaking to large groups of people, and you’ve got to like being the centre of attention because when you’re dressed like this, people all stare and wonder, why?” he admits.

I ask him how it felt to be the High Sheriff and am not too surprised by his answer: “It felt very honoured and humbled, because people thought I was good enough to be the High Sheriff, with sufficient quality and character to take on the role.”

Andrew, who is a very busy farmer, was once asked why he accepted this unpaid role. He was quick to respond: “Well I don’t imagine they’re going to ask me twice, and it would be a bit rude to refuse, wouldn’t it?”


Look out for my next article all about a sheriff’s wardrobe! (If you can’t wait you can always hear my full interview on the school website by clicking here.)


Georgia, Year 6

Cottesmore Millfield Academy

6 Responses to YJA meets the High Sheriff

  1. Mrs Rachel Thomas March 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Well done Georgia, this was such a professional interview and I am sure the High Sheriff will have been very impressed with you.

  2. admin March 1, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I thought your interview was excellent, Georgia. You were very calm under pressure – especially as this was your very first interview with a mic.
    Who knows, when you are grown up and you get that job with the BBC perhaps you’ll look back and have very fond memories of this day.

    YJA Senior Editor

  3. Nick johnson March 5, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Great job little dude
    Really good story to follow up a great interview

  4. isobel March 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Well done Georgia. Can’t wait to see your next article.

  5. Maddie Stacey March 8, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Great job Georgia! I really enjoyed reading this superb article because it is very, very interesting and very good!!! Well done!

  6. High Sheriff of Rutland March 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Excellent article well done.