The chairman of governors at a high achieving primary school has been made an MBE.
Twelve months ago the school was one of the few in the country to score top marks in Ofsted’s tougher new inspections.
It not only improved from ‘good’ at a previous inspection in 2010 to ‘outstanding’, putting it in the top 5%, but all five main aspects of the school were also said to be exceptional.
Governors at the primary school, which now has 420 pupils on roll, were said to be ‘extremely well informed and bring out the best in everyone’.
Mr Haworth was designated a national leader of governance by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in 2013.
Appointed to assist another primary school placed in special measures, he said: “This means I provide support for chairs of governors in other schools.
“I am also a lay inspector of schools in Wales, working especially in areas such as safeguarding, behaviour, pupil well-being and the physical environment of the schools.”
He also has significant experience as a governor and chair of governors across the primary and secondary sector in three schools and academies over the last 10 years.
Mr Haworth describes his background as being in industry, becoming a senior manager in a multi-national company in the chemical sector before spending 12 years working on a self-employed basis as a recruiter of senior managers.
He first became involved in the school governors as his three youngsters attended Woodfall and he felt it would be good to give something back , becoming chairman in 2012.
'Excited, humbled and honoured'
Mr Haworth said of his honour: “In total there are more than 300,000 voluntary school governors in England. Through my association with Woodfall Primary School, Neston High School, Ysgol Sandycroft Primary School, the National Governors Association and others I have been privileged to work with many governors who all deserve the award I have been given.
“I am excited, humbled and honoured to accept the MBE as recognition of the voluntary work that all school governors in England carry out. I have been recognised in making my contribution to this invaluable work but I could not have achieved this without the support of my wife, my family and every other governor that I have worked with.
“To them I say thank you and I accept this award with humility and intense pride.”
Married to Ann, he is now semi-retired and concentrates on his education related work.
When the letter dropped through the door, he added: “I did manage to keep it quiet and so it came as an enjoyable extra Christmas present to be able to tell the family about my award.”