New Year’s Honours: Education champion among those recognised in Norwich

Rachel de Souza. 
Photo: Bill Smith Rachel de Souza. Photo: Bill Smith

DAVID BALE AND EMMA KNIGHTS
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
8:32 AM

Former Ormiston Victory Academy executive principal Rachel de Souza has been made a Dame of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List.

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Professor Shirley Pearce.Professor Shirley Pearce.

Mrs de Souza, who received the honour for services to education, was in charge at the Costessey school for three years and led to it to an outstanding Ofsted judgment.

She is now chief executive of the Inspiration Trust, a federation of seven schools across Norfolk.

She said: “It was a bit of shock when I found out, but it was a delight as well. It was like 10 Christmases coming at once.

“From my point of view, the focus on education in Norfolk has been on the problems, but this is about turning the corner.

Peter Clifford Grover, a Cub Scout Leader of 8th Norwich Sea Scout Group, who has been made an MBE for services to children and young peoplePeter Clifford Grover, a Cub Scout Leader of 8th Norwich Sea Scout Group, who has been made an MBE for services to children and young people

“It has made me feel even more motivated to make sure the kids in schools get the best education. It has spurred me on.

“I am a passionate member of Team Norfolk, absolutely committed to raising our education standards.”

Professor Shirley Pearce, CBE, has been made a Dame of the British Empire for services to higher education.

Mrs Pearce, from Surlingham, was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the UEA from 2001 to 2004.

Richard Jackson.Richard Jackson.

She led the bid for the medical school at the UEA and then oversaw its implementation. In June 2005 she was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the NHS.

She said: “It’s a tremendous honour and overwhelming. I have worked with some fantastic teams and it’s very much a team achievement. It’s unfortunate that it cannot be shared with other people.”

Peter Grover, a cub scout leader for the 8th Norwich Sea Scout Group, has been made an MBE for services to children and young people. Seventy-three-year-old Mr Grover, who lives in Taverham Road, Taverham, has been involved in the scout movement for about 60 years.

He said: “I got involved in the scouts in the early 1950s. I joined the 8th Norwich as a Sea Scout and went through the various stages and became a leader in the 1960s.”

About being made an MBE, he said he was very grateful and that it had come as a complete surprise.

Richard Jackson, founder of Drayton-based Mancroft International, has been made an MBE for services to development and corporate training services.

Mr Jackson formed Mancroft Training in 1984 with Barry Stiff, after the pair spent a number of years researching what made some people perform at a higher level than others. This research led to the development of the programme The Winning Edge, which aims to inspire people to achieve greater things. Mancroft Training became Mancroft International in 2007, and Mr Jackson has presented The Winning Edge programme to blue-chip international companies and SMEs throughout the UK, mainland Europe, Russia and the United States.

Clive Leslie Gritten, JP, a Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme volunteer for Norfolk has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to children, young people and the community in Norfolk.

And Michael Blakey has been made an MBE for voluntary services to young people and to the community in Norfolk.

18 comments

  • ......"There are terrific head teachers who have given 20-30 years of service to education".......Oh come on, most head teachers just hide behind their office doors and keep their fingers crossed that the teachers turn up and do a days work. Anyone could do it.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • These gongs are getting ridiculous they are given to people for doing a job they get paid for. Time they were scrapped

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Whenever you tried to get a appointment to see De souza she was always in london, sucking up to david cameron another waste of space. A lot of children were left to rot, she was never there.

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    ARBJDB

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Once again we witness the macabre show of the ruling classes dishing out rewards, the seasonally adjusted and depressing dishounour stakes. ABOLISH!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • If the tide ever turns against these self serving education trusts and academies and someone investigates and asks the questions Ofsted should have asked, this honour for one of the poster girls could look even more absurd than it does at the moment.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • I don't know why this lady became the EDP's cover girl. I have to say I've read very little of the others who have done just as well. Let's see some new mouthpieces in 2014, ed!

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • She ain't nothing like a Dame.

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    guella

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Chief Executive of the Inspiration Trust of seven (7?!) schools eh? Sounds like a sinecure for one of Dave's mates.

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    Johnboy

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Incidently, "team Norfolk" ......popular sound bite but she is anything but a team player. Good to see some deserving people honoured which partly helps to redress the balance.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • De Souza, David Prior. All end up rewarded for staying loyal to the PM. Even the Mail see it as rewards for his cronies.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Well education in Norfolk is a pantomime so there has to be a dame. And she is an appropriate candidate

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    alecto

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Just a person that has learned how to tick all the boxes to the OFSTED crew without giving the pupils and real sense of learning.

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    Marigold

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Really Popeye.....your clear respect for the excellent work that head teachers do needs no further comment.....how sad you feel this way.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Very interesting to read these comments. A suggestion that rapid significant improvement of a school's results should be 'looked into'. Makes sense, from a best practice aspect as well as with an enquiring mind. Shouldn't detract from the students' though who had to deliver the results for whatever subjects they were put in for - perhaps some subjects being more meaningful than others.

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    Meds

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Whenever you tried to get a appointment to see De souza she was always in london, sucking up to david cameron another waste of space. A lot of children were left to rot, she was never there.

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    ARBJDB

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • See if this one gets shown, gongs are a waste of time

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • These stories soon disappear off the homepage if the comments don't sing to the tune of the article....

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Unbelievable ....... a damehood for doing her job for just 3 years. There are terrific head teachers who have given 20-30 years of service to education who aren't even awarded an MBE. She has gone off to very rich pastures earning a fortune, doing nothing of worth and sucking up to the PM. Will she be another Sir Bruce Liddington?? I expect so!! This really devalues the whole honours system and shows how totally out of touch the Government is with what is really happening in Norfolk schools and who is really bringing about change rather than the 7 schools (out of 420) that she has cloned.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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