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Monday, 31 December, 2001, 00:00 GMT
'Outstanding' teachers honoured
The honours reward those at the cutting edge
The vital work carried out by lecturers, teachers and crossing patrol wardens has been recognised in the New Year's Honours List.

A Downing Street spokesman said the awards reflected the government's commitment to education.

"Nothing we plan is possible without the skill and determination of the people who work in our public services."

The honours aimed "to reward those who work at the sharp end, people who have really changed things or have given outstanding service to others in difficult situations", the spokesman added.

Professor Bernard Crick
Professor Crick receives a knighthood

Among those recognised is emeritus professor of politics, University of London, Bernard Crick.

A prolific author specialising in American politics and biographer of George Orwell, Professor Crick receives a knighthood.

Another new knight is vice-principal and professor of medicine, King's College London, Graeme Catto.

Elected president of the General Medical Council in November, the 56-year-old says he wants the council to do "fewer things better" and intends to reform the National Health Service complaints procedure.

Warden's reward

Also knighted are headteacher at Parrs Wood Technology College in Manchester, Iain Hall, and vice-chancellor, University of York, Professor Ronald Cooke.

Headteacher of Davison High School for Girls in Worthing, West Sussex, Mrs Sheila Wallis, is made a dame.


I just want to see the children safely across the road

School crossing patrol warden, Patricia MacArthur

A school crossing patrol warden receives an MBE for services to the community

Patricia MacArthur has been helping children get to Bridgend Primary School in West Lothian for 31 years.

The 66-year-old said the honour had left her speechless and "wanting to laugh".

Mrs MacArthur added that her dream would be for the children at Bridgend Primary to see her meet the Queen.

She concluded: "People ask me if I am frightened doing this job, but not at all - I just want to see the children safely across the road."

A car park attendant at Leeds Metropolitan University, James Watson, has also been awarded an MBE.

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