Pupils at St. Luke’s CE Academy in Endon, Stoke-on-Trent, have embarked on a campaign to ensure revered SUAT CEO, Keith Hollins, receives an OBE for his outstanding contribution to education over his career.
Sadly, Keith passed away on 23 September 2021 and his nomination for an OBE is still ongoing. Children and staff from all academies within the Trust wish to honour his memory with an award which represents his extraordinary service to the educational community and the outstanding work he did through the pandemic. His efforts have had a long-term, significant impact on many children, members of staff and the public, and will for many years to come.
Nicky Danylyk, Headteacher of St. Luke’s CE Academy said: “Thirty letters have been written by our pupils in total, which will be sent to the Queen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid and local MPs in hopes to have Keith’s dedication recognised. Each letter truly represents how important it is for us to campaign towards honouring Keith’s memory.”
She continued: “Keith absolutely deserves to receive an OBE, which would be an incredible tribute to a wonderful, inspirational man. Teaching staff at St. Luke’s are overcome with pride at the touching words our pupils have written about Keith and his influence in education.”
Signing off her letter, Evie, year 6 pupil at St. Luke’s CE Academy wrote: “It is with deepest hope that I sign off this letter, as Keith had an effect on education that will remain in this world forever. I beg you to help in our campaign and thank you for reading.”
Keith began teaching in 1976 and worked at schools in London and Staffordshire, dedicating his life to driving up educational standards and turning around underperforming schools. He pioneered innovative ways to enable effective collaboration and excellence in education that has been recognised throughout the sector at the highest level.
Keith has made an immeasurable impact on education in the Staffordshire region which ultimately led to him receiving an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2018.
Rachel Bailye, Interim SUAT CEO and Accounting Officer said: “Keith was instrumental in making this Trust what it is. His passion and vision were remarkable and collectively, those within the Trust will continue his legacy and achieve better outcomes.”
Keith Hollins paved the way to excellence and everyone at the Trust is committed to carrying on his truly inspirational work. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
To read more about Keith’s exemplary career, visit the SUAT website.