June 16, 2014
Former Burnham resident knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours

A former Burnham-On-Sea resident has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours, announced on Saturday.

Sir John Dunford OBE has received a Knighthood for his services to education.

Sir John lived with his family in Burnham's Stoddens Road for many years.

He was also a pupil of the former Hill Brow Prep School in Brent Knoll, which is now the base for Somerset Court.

Sir John is a former teacher, head teacher and general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. He has worked with, and represented, a number of educational organisations in recent years, including the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, of which he has been Chair since March 2011.

Sir John paid tribute to his colleagues, past and present, and to his family and friends, who, he said had contributed to his success.

"Nobody can be awarded an honour entirely because of his or her own efforts and it has been my good fortune to have led some exceptional teams of people at Durham Johnston School, the Association of School and College Leaders and the organisations I have worked with in recent years," he said. "These people deserve a big share of the credit and I pay tribute to their skill and commitment to the cause of education."

Alison Rogers, the Chief Executive of the CIEA, said: "We are delighted for John, who has worked tirelessly for many, many years in the education system. This reward is justly deserved and hard-earned, and offers recognition for the outstanding contribution John has made as a teacher, head teacher and in more recent years, as a leading educationalist, champion and spokesman for schools and the education service generally."

"Few people have the depth of knowledge and experience that John brings to education and we, at the CIEA, are thrilled to have him as a colleague and friend. He has guided our organisation through difficult times, and we now have a growing and thriving community thanks to his efforts. On behalf of myself, our Board of Trustees, the staff at the CIEA and our members I would like to congratulate John on this wonderful accolade."


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