We are delighted that Dr Janice Howkins, Headteacher of Bentley Wood High School has been awarded an OBE in this year’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of her service to education.
As many of you know, Dr Howkins has been Headteacher of Bentley Wood for fifteen years. In 2014 Aylward Primary School joined Bentley Wood to become a multi academy trust. During 2014/15 Dr Howkins jointly shared the role of Headteacher at Aylward prior to the appointment Clive Westall as permanent Head teacher.
In 2012 she became a National Leader of Education and has worked with a number of primary and secondary schools in Harrow and beyond. During the same year Bentley Wood became the lead school for Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance which provides professional training for 400 plus teaching and support colleagues, across different local authorities, every year. As well as her work for the trust and the Teaching School Alliance Dr Howkins works at a national level advising on policy. She is also an experienced Ofsted Inspector.
Dr Howkins has always been passionate about every child achieving their best. She started her career as a primary school teacher in Hackney and then specialised in Special Educational Needs making the transfer to secondary education in Islington. Following her time in inner London Dr Howkins moved to schools in Harrow and Hillingdon. In 2016 she gained her doctorate in education from Brunel University. She is one of the first in her family to experience higher level education and is totally committed to an equal education for all young people.
Dr Howkins is humbled and very proud to have received this very special award. When asked about her thoughts, she said.
‘I am aware of, and very much appreciate the support and care from students, colleagues, family and friends. Teaching is the best job in the world, being a headteacher is even better. I feel privileged to have worked with so many fantastic young people and teachers.
“I continue to be inspired every day.’