Simon Flowers, the Executive Principal here at Carr Manor Community School, has received an OBE in the King’s Birthday Honours list announced on 17th June 2023.
Mr Flowers has pioneered inclusive practices both in Carr Manor and beyond, which has encouraged exemplary inclusive practice in Leeds. Here at Carr Manor, we have informed the work of the DfE in developing character education and inclusion and regularly support visitors from schools and education experts in this country and abroad for our pioneering work.
Nationally, Mr Flowers has led on the development of restorative practices in education, leading study visits developing the underpinning theory of the practice and informing the implementation of inclusive practice in schools across the country.
He is also the CEO and founder of the Leeds Learning Alliance. The focus of this alliance is to promote inclusive education, peace education and restorative practice as well as to work collaboratively to share best practices across the city and beyond, including a commitment to create ethical educational leaders of the future.
Andrew Tidswell, Chair of Governors at Carr Manor Community School said: “I have had the pleasure of working with, and getting to know, Simon Flowers over the last 16 years; in my capacity as the father of 2 children who attended CMCS, a parent governor and, for the last 9 years, as Chair of Governors. During this time, I have been inspired by Simon’s dedication and commitment to inclusive education.
Simon is a humble man, with a strength and clarity of vision, who strives every day to provide truly inclusive education by empowering those around him to deliver this to children and families from diverse backgrounds, many of whom face complex challenges.
As a Governing Body, we are proud to support Simon in his work with our school, other schools and education establishments, numerous community organisations, as well as with local and national government. We truly believe that his leadership and vision have an ongoing impact on the lives of thousands of young people, their families and the wider communities they belong to. It is our belief that his work at Carr Manor Community School and beyond is truly worthy of this recognition from His Majesty, and will also serve to further inspire those whose lives he continues to have impact on”.
Mr Flowers commented, “I feel deeply honoured to be recognised, and thank all those colleagues, governors, children and families whom I have had the privilege to work with and to serve. This award is recognition of our commitment to providing opportunities for all. My parents were passionate and committed advocates of public service and I am tremendously grateful for the drive and dedication to endeavour to support others that they instilled in me.”