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M.B.E Award for our Chair of Governors

Our dedicated Chairman of Governors Anthony Johnson has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

We’re delighted he has been given this honour in recognition of his role as Chairman of both Oaklands Primary and Parcroft Junior Schools and all the fantastic work he has put in over the years.

 

At the request of the local authority Mr Johnson led Parcroft Junior through a period of huge change and growth through difficult and challenging times to success. 

He was instrumental in the bid to merge the old junior and infant schools into Oaklands Primary and remained heavily involved in the planning and build, helping to bring about the amazing learning environment the children have today. 

Mr Johnson’s mantra has always been that all children deserve a good school to learn in - a building that is safe, secure and designed around their needs. 

 

Something you might not know however is that not only does he manage the challenge of leading a governing body, supporting the staff at a large primary school, he has dedicated his own time and physical effort to work on a variety of projects, just a handful of which are:

  • Helping to build the forest school cabin and pond.
  • Installing a toilet so that the children didn’t have to go out in the cold to access the school toilets during forest school lessons.
  • Building an external stairway leading to the forest school to ensure children can access it without a long walk or climbing a muddy bank. 
  • Building a bike rack to support children cycling to school
  • Installing fencing around the path at the rear of the school so children were not at risk of running onto the access road. 
  • Clearing much of the overgrowth at the school’s boundary.

All this was done at his own expense – he says he will not ‘waste’ money that should be spent on the children’s education. 

 

A familiar face in the community to pupils old and new, Mr Johnson has also spent many years volunteering and leading Yeovil Young Farmers as well as the South West Junior Athletics Group as a gymnastic judge.  The nomination was suggested to the school by a local resident who was aware of the far-reaching impact Mr Johnson, and Mrs Johnson have had on the young people throughout the community, many of whom wrote wonderful testaments in support of this award.

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