Arise Sir Berwick! School principal leads list of Bromley New Year Honours

PUBLISHED: 05:05 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:33 31 December 2012

Prof George Berwick will be knighted for services to education.

Prof George Berwick will be knighted for services to education.


The executive principal of Ravens Wood School, Prof George Berwick, is to receive a knighthood for services to education.

The 63-year-old was one of 18 names selected for the honour and is joined by children’s illustrator Quentin Blake and Met Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Previously awarded a CBE in 2007, Prof Berwick has maintained an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted since 1993 for the school in Oakley Road, Bromley.

Others awarded in the New Year honours list include Dr Geetha Nagasubramanian, 62, of Orpington who will receive an MBE for services to women and young people.

The consultant gynaecologist for Barts Health NHS Trust says she is “amazed” by the news which she first received whilst on holiday in India.

She said: “I did not have the faintest clue that this could ever happen. I have a humble background and for the past month I have not stopped thinking about it.

“My mother is 88 and lives in India, I would really love her to be there to see me receive the honour.”

Dr Nagasubramanian organised mutli-cultural events at St Olave’s Grammar School, in Orpington, for five years which she believes was partly the reason behind her nomination.

Head of internal events at 10 Downing Street, Carol Kempton, of West Wickham, is also in line for an MBE for services to the Prime Minister’s office.

Former headteacher at Babington House School, in Bromley, Deborah Leek-Bailey will receive an OBE for services to education, as will Dean Creamer for prepatory services to the London 2012 Games.

Basketball coach John Ashworth, of Bromley, will become a medallist of the Order of the British Empire for his services to community in Bromley.

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