Groundbreaking educators named in New Year Honours

7th January 2011 at 00:00
Schools celebrate bumper share of awards for special contributions to improvement

A school caretaker, 17 heads, three lollipop ladies and seven school governors were among the education figures who represented 11 per cent of the 2011 New Year Honours list.

Susan John, head of Lampton School in Hounslow, becomes a dame following her west London comprehensive's inclusion in a 2009 Ofsted report called Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools - Excelling against the Odds.

The watchdog told how Dame Susan took over an unpopular secondary where standards were low, with a #163;280,000 deficit on a #163;2.5 million budget.

Instead, she created a "climate of expectation and accountability" and a school rated "outstanding" by Ofsted - both for the way it educates its own pupils and for helping other schools through the London Challenge.

Allison Crompton, head of another of the 12 outstanding secondaries highlighted by Ofsted, was honoured with a CBE.

She helped the proportion of pupils achieving benchmark grades at GCSE in Middleton Technology School to rise from 9 per cent to more than 85 per cent.

When she took over the secondary - which serves a relatively deprived area of Greater Manchester - in 2004 Mrs Crompton immediately acted to keep street culture out of the school.

After noticing 30 boys had the same distinctive markings on their shoes, she barred the footwear and any other dress or hairstyle that could signify gang membership.

"We determine the culture of the school," said Mrs Crompton, who made national headlines two years ago when she chased and confronted a knife-wielding youth.

"Inside these gates there are no gangs, no shaved heads, no shoes with white flashings. I can't stress how much difference it makes.

"Uniform and discipline are key. If you win with those small things, the big things happen."

Julie Stamper receives an MBE for the work she has done as head of the Schoolgirl Mums' Unit in Hull.

Since Mrs Stamper founded the unit - where all girls take a minium of five GCSEs - in 1989 it has been rated "outstanding" by Ofsted twice in a row.

The watchdog's latest top-rated report said the unit, with space for 35 pregnant schoolgirls and teenage mothers and an onsite creche, has "a transformational effect".

It was engaging "vulnerable students in learning and building their confidence during what is for many an emotional and difficult period in their lives as they have their babies".

The report, published in 2009, added: "The excellent leadership and management of the unit, and in particular that of the headteacher, who also founded the unit, underpin the transformation."

Elizabeth Hollins, who patrols a road outside Galley Common Infant School in Nuneaton, is one of three lollipop ladies made MBEs. Their recognition comes just after TES research suggested a quarter of councils were planning to cut back on crossing patrols.

Mrs Hollins told the Coventry Telegraph she had fallen in love with the job, but thought she had been sent a parking ticket when first notified of the honour.

"I've never been so surprised in my life," the 55-year-old grandmother said. "I can still hardly believe what has happened and it has been really difficult to keep it a secret."

Sir David Normington, permanent secretary at the Department for Education 2001-05, received a second knighthood making him a Knight Grand Cross.

Award highlights

Gongs among the throng

Knight - GCB

Sir David John Normington KCB, permanent secretary, Home Office.

Dame Susan John, headteacher, Lampton School, London borough of Hounslow, for services to local and national education.


Sheila Audsley, formerly headteacher, Clifton Green Primary School, York, for services to local and national education.

Howard Cooper, director of children's services, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, for services to local government.

Allison Crompton, headteacher, Middleton Technology School,

Rochdale, for services to local and national education.

Howard Goodall, national ambassador for singing, for services to music education.

Dr Ambrose Smith, principal, Aquinas Sixth Form College, Stockport, for services to local and national education.

Sheila Taylor, headteacher, Annette Street Primary School, Glasgow, for services to local and national education in Scotland.

For a full list of all MBE and OBE winners, see

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