Dr Nicholas Capstick, CEO and co-founder of The White Horse Federation, was awarded the OBE, Order of the British Empire “For Outstanding Services to Education” in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
The WHF is a Multi-Academy Trust which supports primary, secondary and special schools in the south of England.
Dr Capstick is also headteacher of Drove School, the first in the town to receive a perfect Ofsted report where every category was judged as 1. The same was true of the children centre, which, under his leadership, was the first centre to be graded as outstanding in all categories. The impact of this achievement continued to be felt when he took on and transformed Mountford Manor School and then further when he co-founded the White Horse Federation, Multi Academy Trust, which to this day remains one of the highest performing Trusts in the country.
Lauren Costello OBE, Managing Director TWHF said: “We are delighted and exceptionally proud that the impact of Dr Capstick’s work in education, locally, regionally and nationally has been honoured and recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. It is a fitting testament to a career spent genuinely making a difference for young people.
“Dr Capstick has a track record that is second to none when it comes to working collegiately to improve outcomes for children in Swindon and beyond. He is recognised as an expert in the development of Multi Academy Trusts and his work on The Regional Head Teacher Board has seen him support primary, secondary and special schools from Cornwall to Manchester and he remains a trusted adviser for national policy.
“Colleagues who have worked with Dr Capstick have especially valued the personal touch and guidance he has given to their career development and how he has always encouraged them to flourish, to take chances and to believe in themselves as exceptional practitioners. He has time for everyone and values the contribution that every colleague makes to the ongoing success of the WHF and it is this humanity and humility that makes him an outstanding school leader and a worthy recipient of a royal honour.”
Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner said: “I am thrilled that Dr Nicholas Capstick has been recognised in the New Year Honours. Awards like this recognise fantastic public service and Nick’s work as a leader and teacher for many years has benefitted the lives of hundreds of children. I could not be more pleased that his work has been valued in this way.”
Dr Nicholas Capstick said: “ I am extremely honoured and flattered to have been given this recognition but also so very grateful for the support and selfless efforts of my colleagues at the WHF, who day in and out work tirelessly for the good of our pupils and their families. This is a testament to the fact that if you surround yourself with great people they end up making you look better than maybe you really are. This is as much for my friends and the WHF family as it is for me and I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been given by just being part of the organisation.”
Joss Jarvis, Chair of the Board of Directors, The White Horse Federation. “I am very proud to be associated with such an inspirational leader. I have known Nick for many years and witnessed his drive and professionalism in his transformation from Headteacher of Federated Swindon schools to CEO of The White Horse Federation Multi Academy Trust. Working tirelessly to provide the best education provision for children across Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucester. This award recognises the immense commitment Nick shows to his pupils, families and colleagues.”