Scottish education awarded a few gongs

19th June 2009 at 01:00
he Queen has sprinkled a few Birthday Honours across Scottish education this year

From the head of the schools inspectorate to a former school janitor in Stonehaven, the Queen has sprinkled a few Birthday Honours across Scottish education this year.

Graham Donaldson, senior chief inspector of education since 2002, becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) - an honour reserved for senior civil or public servants.

A connection to HMIE led to other awards: a CBE for Brian McAlinden, head of Castlemilk High, which received the best HMIE report among Glasgow schools last year; and an OBE for Lynn McNair, head of the Cowgate under- fives centre in Edinburgh, which has been praised by HMIE and the Care Commission for its work with families.

An OBE also went to Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland since 1995. His fellow Shetlander, Stuart Hay, depute head of Anderson High in Lerwick, was made anMBE for his work in local and international education through the renowned "global classroom.".

Other MBEs went to Hamish McPhee, principal educational psychologist at Fife Council; Lysbeth Ramsay, a school crossing warden in Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire; and Ian Shand, a janitor who has retired after almost 30 years' service at Arduthie Primary in Stonehaven.

The top gongs in the post-school sector were taken by Professor Duncan Rice, principal of Aberdeen University since 1996, who was awarded a knighthood; and Professor Joan Stringer, principal of Napier University in Edinburgh since 2003, who has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Peter Syme, director of the Open University in Scotland, has been made an OBE, which also went to John Gray, chairman of Coatbridge College board of management. Carol MacGruer, study co-ordinator at Ayr College, was given an MBE.

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