Royal honour for Ravenscliffe school governor

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A dedicated chair of governers who has dedicated more than two decades of his life to a Halifax school has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

David Peck, of Brighouse, is chairman of governers at Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, Skircoat Green, and has been awarded the MBE for services to education.

Ravenscliffe is Calderdale’s only secondary special school and a great emphasis is placed on students becoming involved in the local community and developing independence skills.

Mr Peck, 73, first became involved with Ravenscliffe in 1994, when his son Nigel was a pupil there, and became chair of governers in 1996.

He will now visit Buckingham Palace later in the year to receive the honour.

He said: “I was really proud when I received the letter, it makes all the hard work worth it.

“You do it because you want to help somebody else, not for the recognition.

“I’m really looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace, it will be a lovely day and it’s one of those things that only comes around once in a lifetime.”

Ravenscliffe head teacher Martin Moorman said: “It was fantastic to see that Dave Peck had received an MBE.

“It is thoroughly deserved and merited. “Dave’s stint at Ravenscliffe is remarkable and he has truly stepped up to make a lasting difference to Calderdale’s most vulnerable young people.”