Junior School Headmaster, Tim Wheeler, honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours List
We are delighted to announce that Tim Wheeler, Headmaster of Stockport Grammar Junior School, has been awarded an MBE for services to charity and to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Mr Wheeler has said:
“The letter informing me that I was to be awarded an MBE came as an enormous surprise and I am still coming to terms with the news. It is both a great honour and a very humbling experience to think that other people consider your contribution to the world to be worthy of recognition.
I have always considered it a great privilege to be involved in education and to play a part, however small, in shaping the lives of children. It has also been a privilege to be able to contribute to the work of an amazing charity, the Little Princess Trust, which not only impacts directly on the lives of children now but is also rapidly developing its research programme in an attempt to find kinder treatments for the future.
We have been working recently with the children at school to identify the values which matter to us most, values such as compassion and kindness, and the award of an MBE will help us to demonstrate further that these are core values which are important not just in our school but also to the Queen!”
A classicist, Mr Wheeler was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and Bath. After beginning his career at Norwich School, he worked for several years as an educational consultant specialising in strategic school improvement and development planning, before serving as Director of Studies at Bilton Grange School, Rugby. He was appointed as Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral Junior School in 2008. In 2014, Mr Wheeler moved to the North West to take up the Headship of Stockport Grammar Junior School.
Mr Wheeler became involved with the Little Princess Trust (LPT) in 2009 and has been Chair of the charity for the past 8 years. LPT provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss, and funds vital research into childhood cancer including the development of more sophisticated drug treatments. LPT was established in 2006 in tribute to Hannah Tarplee, by her parents Wendy and Simon, their friends and Hereford Cathedral Junior School. Hannah loved her hair and her parents knew what a hugely positive effect a suitable wig had for her when she was ill with Wilms tumour.
The charity receives over 4,000 hair donations a month and now spends around £2.5 million per year on research. Mr Wheeler has run 3 full and 2 half marathons to raise funds and awareness of the charity, with the next in Cardiff in the Autumn. Some of these have been run as ‘Scissorman’ – a logistical and aerodynamic challenge!
Mr Wheeler is also a member of the Council of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and has run courses and written education materials for them. He is a Trustee of the IAPS charity, iTrust, which provides bursaries to support children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend independent schools and helps teachers in hardship.