Waverley School head teacher appointed OBE

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Kamal Hanif said focussing on standards and teaching quality has helped improve the school

A teacher who turned around a school is among those in the West Midlands to feature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Kamal Hanif, head at Waverley School in Birmingham, has been appointed OBE for services to education.

He said he became one of the youngest head teachers in England when appointed in 2005, aged 33.

Bill Gough, West Midlands Fire Service group commander, has been honoured with the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Mr Hanif said he had turned the school around to feature in the top 100 most improved for the past two years.

'Joint achievement'

"I focussed on standards and the quality of teaching and worked on engaging the community and parents," he said.

"Our first student is going to Cambridge this year so it's about spreading aspirational ideas.

"I'm quite astonished to get this but really, really proud and it's not just me, we all worked for this and it's a joint achievement."

Others to be honoured include a former vice-chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Michael Sterling, who has been made a knight for services to higher education, science and engineering.

Aidan Cotter, coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, has been appointed OBE for services to the bereaved and the coronial system and Gwendolyn Daley was appointed MBE for services to the community in Coventry.

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Yann Lovelock co-founded the Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy

Yann Lovelock, from Sparkhill in Birmingham, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to community cohesion and to inter-faith relations in the West Midlands.

He was vice chair of the West Midland Faith Forum until 2010 and co-founded the Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy Organisation in 1984.

He said: "Birmingham is a beacon for the entire country.

"We have been ahead since the riots in Handsworth in the 1980s when the council decided to do something about it and look at the problems.

"More and more localism is happening, which is a good thing, but we need a hub so all the people in the city know about it each, and the Faith Forum was that hub.

"At first I was thinking 'how did they hear about me?' and was surprised.

"I wanted to make a difference in the community but it's nice to work away in the background, making things happen - if you become the Mr Big then maybe people trust you less?"

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