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Arise Sir Peter! Education Supremo Knighted


Pete Birkett is Knighted for Services to Further Education and the Academy Movement.

Luton (PRWEB UK) 15 November 2012

Barnfield Federation Chief Executive Pete Birkett has been honoured in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

The pioneering education supremo was recognised with a knighthood for outstanding service to further education and the academy movement.

Sir Peter Birkett, who is also founder and chairman of the Barnfield Education Partnership Trust, has said he is “humbled” by the prestigious accolade.

He said: “I am extremely privileged and excited to receive such an honour, it was both a wonderful surprise and also a real shock! It has always been my ambition to create great schools and colleges so that, all young people have the very best opportunities to be successful in life. I believe there is no excuse for failure and it's wonderful to see the excellent results being achieved within the Federation. Seeing education and training change lives is the most rewarding element for me. I am humbled to be given this esteemed public recognition.”

The honour is richly deserved. In September 2007 - led by Sir Peter - Barnfield broke new ground by becoming the first Further Education College in the country to sponsor two significantly underperforming secondary schools, create academies and form a federation.

Since this point GCSE results have more than quadrupled in both academies and from a position of special measures, they are now judged as ‘outstanding' and ‘good' by Ofsted. These are the highest grades achieved in their lifetime as schools.

Barnfield again made history in 2010 by opening the UK's first 14 – 18 studio school, Barnfield Skills Academy, and again in 2011 when converting a primary fee-paying school into a Free School. In September 2011 our studio school was graded by Ofsted (section 8) as making outstanding progress.

Sir Peter is also the only Further Education College Chief Executive to be awarded National Leader in Education (NLE) status.

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