As we were unsure of what it meant we ‘Googled’ CBE to discover what a real honour it was. The shock and surprise was also tempered by the fact that I was told it was to be confidential until the 1st January 2009! A couple of times we nearly slipped up and told friends but we did manage to keep the secret.
Everyone who receives an award such as this makes the same speech about it is down to the team and represents the work of many. It is true and that is what I felt, but more than that I was proud for my family and for my friends outside of my school life who have always supported me. Naturally the award has great benefits for the schools and is really a reflection of the high standards at both Ashton on Mersey and Broadoak.
With a wife, mum and 3 daughters the trip to the Palace was fraught with issues relating to what to wear, where to dine, who we might meet and where to stay.
The most difficult decision was who should go to the Palace with me as I was only allowed 3 guests! In the end after my wife and mum, my eldest daughter became the third guest. However by a stroke of luck at the photo shoot at the end of the ceremony the police felt sorry for us and sent an escort to the Palace gates to bring in my 2 youngest daughters who also happened to be dressed for the occasion – so it was a memory for all the family and something which will remain with me forever.
Thank you to all parents, staff, pupils and governors who have made this special honour possible.
Tarun Kapur CBE
Chief Executive and Academy Principal