Dr Nicholas Capstick, CEO and co-founder of The White Horse Federation, was presented with the Order of the British Empire ‘For Outstanding Services to Education’ by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held at Windsor Castle on Wednesday 13 April 2016.
Dr Capstick said: “What a great day and what a great honour both personally and also for the colleagues and families, pupil and students who are part of our family of schools. To be presented my award by the Queen herself was just perfect.
“The whole day was wonderful from start to finish, but most importantly because it reflects the hard working team that supports all that we do at The White Horse Federation (WHF) to make a difference for every child in our federation.
“On a personal note, to have my family around me to see me meet the Queen and to receive the OBE was the icing on the cake. I’m very grateful for the opportunity for them to share it with me. I also want to thank my friends and colleagues within the WHF and wider who also helped to make my day so special through their good wishes, tweets, emails and other social media contacts.”
Dr Capstick, as headteacher of Drove Primary School, the school was the first in the town to receive a perfect OFSTED report, where every category was judged as a 1. The same was true of the associated 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, managing directorThe White Horse Federation, who received the OBE for education in 2015, commented: “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.”
Pictured top, Dr Capstick in conversation with the Queen, having had the OBE medal pinned to his formal Scottish dress uniform