Head­teacher’s OBE hon­ours whole team

Re­warded for work in spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A ‘PROUD’ Hilling­don head­teacher was awarded an OBE in the New Year Hon­ours list for Ser­vices to Ed­u­ca­tion.

John Ayres is the prin­ci­pal of the Eden Acad­emy, a fam­ily of five schools serv­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple with a range of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs in Hilling­don and Har­row.

In a ca­reer span­ning 30 years in the field, be­gin­ning as head of Grange­wood School, Pin­ner, in 1993, Mr Ayres is also one of the first Na­tional Lead­ers of Ed­u­ca­tion and in­ter­na­tion­ally, where he has pro­moted the de­vel­op­ment of more in­clu­sive school­ing in Hong Kong, Le­banon, Ye­men, Malta and In­dia.

He said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted about re­ceiv­ing this hon­our and the recog­ni­tion that it brings for the Eden Acad­emy as a whole.

“I have al­ways felt both proud and priv­i­leged to work with chil­dren and young peo­ple with a range of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs and their fam­i­lies.

“I think an hon­our of this na­ture is a tes­ta­ment to the hard work and com­mit­ment of the whole of the Eden Acad­emy team.”

Mr Ayres over­saw the de­vel­op­ment of a thriv­ing com­mu­nity for pri­ma­ryaged chil­dren with se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and their fam­i­lies, to en­cour­age in­te­gra­tion and self-de­vel­op­ment and that was recog­nised by Of­sted as out­stand­ing in 2008 and again in 2014.

Grange­wood School be­came part of the Eden Acad­emy in 2012, with Moor­croft School, and were joined by Alexandra School in Har­row and a newly opened free school, Pent­land Field School in Ick­en­ham .

The acad­emy also has a strate­gic al­liance with RNIB Sun­shine House School in North­wood, giv­ing all pupils ac­cess to in­te­grated fam­ily ser­vices and ther­a­pies, as well as ex­cep­tional fa­cil­i­ties and highly-trained and ex­pe­ri­enced staff.

Susan Dou­glas, the CEO of the Eden Acad­emy, said: “John has al­ways sought to en­sure that our chil­dren and young peo­ple can ac­cess the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion.

“We are ex­tremely proud of him and feel this hon­our is richly de­served.”

n DE­SERVED HON­OUR: John Ayres has pro­moted the de­vel­op­ment of more in­clu­sive school­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally

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