A Nottingham head teacher has been recognised for decades of service to communities.
David Stewart OBE, who is also Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, was guest of honour at a special ceremony today (Friday, March 15) to see his name unveiled on the side of a tram.
In receiving the honour, he joins a prestigious list of the city’s leading citizens, celebrities, sports stars and historic figures to lend their names to trams in the NET fleet.
Awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to education, David first arrived in Nottingham in 1972 to study history. Having previously worked in a hospital in Kent and volunteered at a Junior Training Centre, he continued working with young people in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire before training in Leeds to teach children with severe learning disabilities.
After working at a school in south London for a few years, David returned to Nottingham as Senior Master – and later head teacher – at Shepherd School. A decade ago he became head of the new Oak Field School in Bilborough, which has since achieved six ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections.
David was joined at NET’s Wilkinson Street depot by children from the school, as well as Nottingham City Council’s Director of Education, John Dexter, who said David had never lost sight of the needs of children, parents and colleagues.
During the ceremony, David commented: “This is a real honour and one that really recognises the achievements of pupils and staff at the school, and all those who work with children – particularly those with special needs.
“It’s particularly fitting that this recognition comes from NET as trams provide one of the easiest forms of public transport for people with disabilities.”
For nearly 30 years, David has also directed the award-winning College Street Inclusive Theatre Company, taking it on tour both at home and abroad, and is a member of the wider board of Nottingham Playhouse, a trustee of The Mighty Creatives and a keen supporter of Dance4.
The tram naming was part of celebrations to mark the network’s 15th anniversary and NET Marketing Manager, Stephanie Moss-Pearce, added:
“We’re delighted to be able to offer David some of the public recognition he deserves after so many years’ service to education, the arts and children with disabilities. “He joins a number of unsung heroes to have trams named after them, alongside some of the city’s most famous names.”