A Hartlepool headteacher has been given a Royal seal of approval as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations.
Andy Brown, head at West View Primary School, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
It’s a special year to be handed an honour by the Monarch, who recently turned 90.
The 59-year-old has been in charge at the school, in Davison Drive, West View, for more than 20 years and his 38-year career in education has seen him teach at schools across the country.
The dad-of-two is a National Leader of Education and was recently appointed chief executive of Ad Astra Academy Trust which will encompass three Hartlepool schools and one in Stockton.
Mr Brown said: “I am very proud and honoured to be made an OBE. However, this award is not just for me; it’s also for the many great people who I have worked with over the years in helping to deliver the best possible education and support to thousands of children.”
Brought up in Darlington and now living in Stokesley, Andy is a former pupil at Eastbourne Comprehensive School and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.
He is also a lifelong Darlington Football Club fan and shareholder.
Mr Brown also undertakes consultancy work on behalf of the Department of Education and is co-director of Transforming Tees, a joint project involving the five Tees Valley local authorities.
Chris Simmons, chair of Governors at West View Primary School and a fellow trustee of Ad Astra Academy Trust, added: “Andy Brown has been an inspirational leader at West View Primary School which has resulted in the school becoming a beacon of care and learning.
“I would like to congratulate him on being appointed an OBE which he truly deserves.”