Luton (PRWEB UK) 24 November 2012
The Chief Executive of the Barnfield Federation, Sir Peter Birkett, is among one of the newest entrants in the latest edition of the renowned biographical reference book – Who’s Who. Published annually since 1849, this most famous and respected work of reference salutes professionals who have ‘shaped the society we live in’ and made a real difference to the lives of many thousands of people across the UK through their achievements.
Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Further Education and the Academy Movement, the pioneering education supremo is unrelenting in his passion and innovation for delivering an excellent education to all.
In September 2007 - led by Pete Birkett- Barnfield broke new ground by becoming the first Further Education College in the country to sponsor two significantly underperforming secondary schools, create academies and form a federation.
Since this point GCSE results have more than quadrupled in both academies and from a position of special measures, they are now judged as ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ by Ofsted. This summer both academies recorded their highest ever GCSE results.
Sir Peter and Barnfield again made history in 2010 by opening the UK’s first 14 – 18 studio school, Barnfield Skills Academy, and again in 2011 when converting a primary fee-paying school into a Free School.
As the only Further Education College Chief Executive to be awarded National Leader in Education (NLE) status, he is a driving force behind improving standards and opportunities for all and a real believer that disadvantage need not be an excuse for failure. His achievements across the Academies and College within the Barnfield Federation are testament to his view.
With an international reputation as an implicitly reliable source of reference, the Who’s Who entry summarises education history and career achievements, alongside the more personal elements of recreational interests, names of parents and details of marriage.
Sir Peter Birkett said of this latest honour “To be listed in such a famous publication is really quite humbling – so many high achievers and influential people are listed in Who’s Who that it’s a real privilege for my name to be in there too! To even be considered for inclusion in this historic book is wonderful for me and for Barnfield. So to actually appear in ‘print’ is even more special. It is something I will treasure forever.”
As well as the Academies the College also achieved its highest ever results in 2011/12, with an 89% success rate across all courses.