Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise the contribution of teachers, foster parents and carers.
More than 90 people are today recognised for their service to education, children and families in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Six of those involved in education received knighthoods or damehoods, while nine have been given the British Empire Medal, a historic award revived for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, said:
Congratulations to everyone working across the gamut of education and children’s services who have had their endeavours recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Their impressive contribution is helping every child realise their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Those honoured today include teachers, carers and foster parents from across England.
Susan Stamp, of South Ockendon, Essex, is awarded a British Empire Medal for services to education.
A former primary teacher at Bonnygate Primary School, in South Ockendon, her colleagues say she is convinced that any child, irrespective of their home circumstances, can thrive if shown love, trust and belief.
She put this into practice by spending countless hours before, during and after school, coaching young people and building up their confidence and self-esteem.
While teaching she took her Grade 1 violin exam alongside her pupils in order to demonstrate to them her own aspirations for self-improvement.
Retiring in 2008 to care for her mother, she returned to the school in 2010 to teach and mentor pupils voluntarily.
Andrew Carter, of Tilford, Surrey, is knighted for services to education.
As headteacher of South Farnham School for the last 24 years, Mr Carter has helped make it one of the best schools in England. Almost every single one of its pupils has achieved at least the expected level in both English and maths for the last five years.
In 2010 he became a national leader of education and the school was designated a national support school. Since then he has helped improve more than 20 schools. Many of the teachers Mr Carter has recruited have gone on to become outstanding teachers and headteachers themselves.
He is also chair of the Primary Academies Group in Surrey, supporting schools to convert to academies. He has written ‘School to Academy’, a guide to the conversion process.
Barry Day, of Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire, is knighted for services to education.
As chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), Barry has experience managing 21 open academies. Prior to this he was the headteacher of Greenwood Dale School from 1991 to 2009.
GDFT specialises in taking on challenging projects, including sponsoring Sinfin Community School, in Derby.
He was appointed a National Leader in Education in 2007 and was awarded an OBE that year. He ran the SSAT’s aspirant headteachers programme for six years, helping 1,800 aspirant senior leaders to become successful headteachers.
Miriam and Victor Bennett, of Leeds, Yorkshire, are appointed MBEs for services to children and families.
Over more than 40 years, the Bennetts have fostered hundreds of children, including those on short- and long-term stays, and emergency and pre-fostering children. Many of the children, now grown up, return to the Bennetts for visits with their own families.
In 2007 Mrs Bennett was named Carer of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards and also received a Local Heroes Pride of our Nation award from ITV Yorkshire. Ruth Diver, of Sheringham, Norfolk, is made an MBE for services to education after teaching at a special school for severely disabled children for nearly 40 years.
At Sheringham Woodfields School, she teaches children with severe learning difficulties or autism. She also runs and personally subsidises school trips and raises funds for the school.
She has raised more than £100,000 for Friends of Woodfields, which pays for extra equipment for the school’s pupils. Her colleagues say she constantly strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for her pupils, who face major barriers to their achievement.
Beth Smith, of York, North Yorkshire, is made an MBE for services to education.
For the past 7 years Beth has taught and inspired early years special educational needs pupils at the Forest School in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. Beth has also been an outreach worker for autism for North Yorkshire County Council, supporting mainstream schools within the county to educate students with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
|Knight Batchelor||Sir Andrew||Carter||Headteacher, South Farnham Community Junior School, Surrey. For services to education|
|Knight Batchelor||Sir Barry||Day||Chief Executive, Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and The Greenwood Academies Trust. For services to education|
|Knight Batchelor||Sir John||Dunford||Education Consultant. For services to education|
|DBE||Dame Nicola||Nelson-Taylor||Headteacher, Beech Hill Primary; Executive Headteacher, Walbottle Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne. For services to education|
|DBE||Dame Erica||Pienaar||Lately Executive Headteacher, Leathersellers Federation of Schools, Lewisham. For services to education.|
|Knight Batchelor||Sir Anthony||Seldon||Headteacher, Wellington College, Berkshire. For services to education and to modern political history|
|CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath)||Claire||Johnston||Director, Legal Adviser’s Office, Department for Education. For services to the Department for Education and to voluntary work with Home-Start UK|
|CBE||Elizabeth||Allen||Lately Headteacher, Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington, London. For services to education|
|CBE||Linda||Garbett||Headteacher, Priory School, Shrewsbury. For services to education|
|CBE||Sylvia||Jones||Headteacher, Valentines High School, Redbridge. For services to education|
|CBE||Peter||Mitchell||Education Adviser, Edge Foundation and Senior Education Adviser, Baker Dearing Educational Trust. For services to education|
|CBE||Susan||Snowdon||Chief Executive Officer, Beal Multi Academy Trust. For services to education|
|CBE||Robert||Sykes||Headteacher, Thornden School, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire. For services to education|
|OBE||Lorna||Bertrand||G7, Head of International Evidence and Partnerships Team, Department for Education. For services to education|
|OBE||Gillian||Cartwright||Headteacher, Old Park School, Brierley Hill West Midlands. For services to education|
|OBE||Roger||Easthope||Lately Headteacher at Cheam Common Junior School, Surrey. For services to education|
|OBE||Cherry||Edwards||Headteacher, Bourne Abbey Primary School, Bourne, Lincolnshire. For services to education|
|OBE||Michael||Firth||G6, Senior Advisor, Funding Allocations and Student Support, Education Funding Agency. For services to education and to the Scouts in South Yorkshire|
|OBE||Katharine||Frood||Headteacher, Eleanor Palmer Primary School, Camden, London. For services to education|
|OBE||Stephen||Goodman||Director of Morning Lane Associates. For services child protection|
|OBE||Angela||Harding||Co-Founder and Trustee of Christopher Place, Speech, Language and Hearing Centre for under 5s. For services to children|
|OBE||Lesley||Hastie||G7 Team Leader, Local Government Pension Scheme and Local Intelligence Team, Department for Education. For services to the Department for Education and to the TS Rebel Trust|
|OBE||Neil||Hopkins||Lately Principal, Peter Symonds Sixth Form College, Winchester, Hampshire. For services to education|
|OBE||Barry||Huggett||Headmaster of More House School and Chair of the Special Needs Committee of the Independent Schools’ Council. For services to education|
|OBE||Pamela||Jones||Lately Headteacher, Ifield School, Gravesend. For services to education|
|OBE||Marion||Layberry||Lately Managing Director at Safehouses Fostering Agency. For services to children and families|
|OBE||Gordon||Lee||Lately CEO, Malachi Community Trust (MCT). For services to children|
|OBE||Thanos||Morphitis||Director of Strategy and Commissioning for Children’s Services, London Borough of Islington. For services to children and families|
|OBE||Elizabeth||Morris||Headteacher, Netherton Infant & Nursery School, Huddersfield. For services to education|
|OBE||Kendrick||Morris||Executive Principal, Hamstead Hall Academy, Birmingham. For services to education and community cohesion|
|OBE||Jonathan||Owen||Co-Founder TeachFirst, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders. For services to education|
|OBE||Yvonne||Powell||Principal, Walworth Academy and lately Headteacher, Little Ilford School, Newham. For services to education|
|OBE||Vivien||Randall||Headteacher of Colmore Infant and Nursery School, Birmingham. For services to education|
|OBE||Alan||Rushton||Lately Chair of Board of Trustees, PAC (Post-Adoption Centre), London. For services to adoption and children|
|OBE||David||Shemmings||Professor of Social Work, University of Kent. For services to child protection|
|OBE||Frances||Stevens||Chair, Birmingham Governors’ Network, and Chair of Governors, Stanville Junior and Infant school. For services to education|
|OBE||Margaret||Walls||School Governor of Chobham Academy and Kay Rowe Nursery School, Newham, and lately Headteacher, Oliver Thomas Nursery School, Newham. For services to education|
|OBE||Alan||Yellup||Executive Headteacher, Wakefield City Academy, CEO Wakefield Regional Teaching School Alliance, CEO, Wakefield City Academies Trust. For Services to education|
|MBE||Mark||A’Bear||For services to school governance in Wokingham and schools in Reading|
|MBE||Hedi||Argent||Volunteer and Lately Trustee, PAC. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Susan||Beaman||Headteacher, Red Gates SEN School, Croydon. For services to special needs education|
|MBE||Miriam||Bennett||Foster Carer, Leeds. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Victor||Bennett||Foster Carer, Leeds. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Christine||Burditt||Foster Carer, Sheffield City Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Harry||Burditt||Foster Carer, Sheffield City Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Margaret||Byrne||Lately Chair of Governors, Mousehole Primary School, Cornwall. For services to education|
|MBE||Maurice||Chappell||For over 40 years of services to adults and children with severe learning disabilities and their families in South Holland, Lincolnshire|
|MBE||Sheenagh||Davis||Manager, HOPE Family Center, Bromyard, Herefordshire. For services to children and familes|
|MBE||Ruth||Diver||Teacher, Sheringham Woodfields School, Norfolk. For services to education|
|MBE||Christine||Eyden||Lately Primary School Teacher, Charlton Church of England Primary School, Dover. For services to education|
|MBE||John Bruce||Glover||Head of Humanities & Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, Knights Templar School, Baldock, Hertfordshire. For services to education|
|MBE||Kenneth||Green||Manager of Care Management Activity Service. For services to young people with special needs in Manchester|
|MBE||Avril||Head||Foster Carer, London. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Ronald||Head||Foster Carer, London. For services to children and families|
|MBE||John||Hegarty||Teacher and Vice Principal, Budmouth School, Weymouth. For services to education|
|MBE||Edwin||Jackson||Lately Head of Highfurlong Special School, Blackpool. For services to special needs education|
|MBE||Eileen||Keeling||For services to Children with special educational needs in Timperley|
|MBE||Michael||Lees||Campaigner and Founder, Asbestos in Schools Group. For services education|
|MBE||Evelyn||Lyons||Governor at Garston CE School. For services to education and to Girl Guiding|
|MBE||Herman||Martyn||Governor at North West London Jewish Day School. For services to education|
|MBE||Richard||Masters||Lately EO, Ministerial and Public Communications Division, Department for education|
|MBE||Shelagh||Moore||Deputy Head, Rugby High School, Rugby. For services to education|
|MBE||Thomas||Morkill||School Governor, Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar. For services to education|
|MBE||Keith||Page||Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader and Co-ordinator, Cowplain Community School, Hampshire. For services to education|
|MBE||Marie-Antoinette||Peakes||Assistant Headteacher, Miles Coverdale Primary, Shepherd’s Bush, London. For servies to education and to charity|
|MBE||Simon||Platford||Deputy Head, High Arcal School, Dudley. For services to education|
|MBE||Edna||Pratt||Foster Carer, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Edward||Pratt||Foster Carer, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Margaret||Rhodes||For services to the community and children and families in Newhaven, Sussex|
|MBE||Peter||Rhodes||Foster Carer, Newhaven, Sussex. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Emlyn||Roberts||Local Authority Leader of Education Advisor, and lately Headteacher, Oakmeadow CofE Primary and Nursery School, Bayston Hill, Shropshire. For services to education|
|MBE||Kay||Saunders||Senior Teaching Assistant, Our Lady Catholic Primary School, Hitchin. For services to education|
|MBE||Perdita||Sawbridge||Foster Carer, Northamptonshire County Council. For service to children and families|
|MBE||Ronald||Sawbridge||Foster Carer, Northamptonshire County Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Fauziah||Scarisbrick||Head of the Department of Mathematics, Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet. For services to education|
|MBE||Barbara||Smith||Fundraiser for Action for Children. For services to Children|
|MBE||Elizabeth||Smith||Early Years Teacher at The Forest School, Knaresborough. For services to education|
|MBE||Kathryn||Smith||School Volunteer, Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School, Barnsley. For services to education|
|MBE||Robin||Steere||School Volunteer, Alder Hey Hospital School, Wirral Hospitals’ School and Calday Grange Grammar School, Mersyside. For services to education|
|MBE||Anthony||Tarrant||Foster Carer, Slough Borough Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Sarah||Tarrant||Foster Carer, Slough Borough Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Jonathan||Ullmer||Principle at CATS Canterbury and Director of Education at the Cambridge Education Group. For services to education|
|MBE||Barry||Welck||Lately Founder and Chairman of the Langdon Foundation. For services to education|
|MBE||Ann||Whalley||Foster Carer, Warrington Council. For services to Children and Families|
|MBE||Warren||Whalley||Foster Carer, Warrington Council. For services to children and families|
|MBE||Janferie||Wilton||Chairman of Governors, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Longlevens, Gloucester. For services to education|
|MBE||David||Yates||Lately Engineer and School Volunteer, Church Lench CE First School, Evesham. For services to education|
|MBE||Patricia||Young||School Administration and Finance Officer, Atkinson Road Nursery School, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne. For services to education|
|BEM||Barbara||Brook||Lately School Caretaker, Lowerhouses Junior, Infant and Early Years School. For services to education|
|BEM||Christoforos||Cartoudis||Principal of the Greek School of St. Andreas, Birmingham. For services to education|
|BEM||Rosamond||Dommett||Founder, Ashcott Parent and Toddler Group, Somerset. For services to children and families|
|BEM||Rose||Milton||Child and Family Liaison Officer, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, East Folkstone. For services to education|
|BEM||Martin||Needler||Volunteer, and Former Trustee and Chairman, The Sailors’ Children’s Society. For services to children|
|BEM||Derek||Phillips||NSPCC Volunteer, Finchley and Potters Bar. For services to vulnerable children|
|BEM||Susan||Stamp||Primary School Teacher and Volunteer, Bonnygate Primary School, Ockendon. For services to education|
|BEM||Helen||Warren||Lately Parent Teacher Association Volunteer, Poole Grammar School, Dorset. For services to education|
|BEM||Marjory||Young||School Governor, Kirk Smeaton Primary School, West Yorkshire. For services to education|
The full Queen’s Birthday Honours list is also available.