Award for Fleetwood man

Peter Houten
Peter Houten

A TOP educational worker originally from Fleetwood has been given one of the country’s top honours.

Peter Houten (right), who grew up on the town’s Wingrove Road, has been awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list.

Mr Houten, 55, went to St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s Primary School in Fleetwood and the former St Joseph’s College in Blackpool before attending Salford University in 1974.

After leaving university he went straight into work at the Department of Education.

He said: “I’m extremely proud. It’s partly about my length of service in that I’ve done 32 years and have also done a lot of good things for different Governments over the years.”

Mr Houten has been instrumental in constructing the policy to get 200 failing primary schools across the country converted into academies, which is now taking shape.

The dad-of-two added: “For the past five years I have worked for the Government’s academy programme. It has been very successful and I think my work has gone on to be recognised.”