A Wooton man has been recognised at the House of Lords for his commitment to education in his community.
David Atkinson was commended for his work to establish the successful Caroline Chisholm School, earning the local hero one of the country’s highest accolades – a British Citizen Award (BCA).
Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with InMoment, recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
The seventy-one-year-old received his BCAe Medal from InMoment’s president Lonnie Mayne at the Palace of Westminster, for his involvement with the school during its planning stages joining the governing body in 2002.
Caroline Chisholm is the first school in the county to have students aged from four to 19 and has grown to 2,000 students and David was also involved in supporting the launch of the district’s sixth form in 2007.
On receiving the medal, David said: “It’s an honour being awarded a BCA for something that has given me so much joy over the years.
“It’s a humbling experience being in a room with the other medalists who are being recognised for doing such inspiring things for their community.”
He has continued to volunteer in the community since retiring from his professional role with the County Council, supporting and volunteering for the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, a programme that helps provide music education to young people who cannot afford it.
To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk