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Jilbab row school head made Dame
Yasmin Bevan
Head teacher Yasmin Bevan is made a Dame of the British Empire
The head teacher of a school at the centre of a row over a student wearing Muslim dress is made a Dame of the British Empire in the New Year Honours.

Yasmin Bevan, head at Denbigh High School in Luton for more than 15 years, was rewarded for services to education.

The school won a House of Lords ruling when former pupil Shabena Begum claimed she was denied the right to manifest her religion by wearing the jilbab.

Judges at the House of Lords ruled the school's policy respected Muslims.

Sense of affinity

The House of Lords in a unanimous ruling which overturned the Court of Appeal's decision said the Luton school had "taken immense pains to devise a uniform policy which respected Muslim beliefs".

Ms Bevan in a Video Nation film described her love of the school and respect for its pupils.

She said: "I want to get to school every day because the students and staff are so rewarding.

"I have been at three other schools during my career but I feel a real sense of affinity with Denbigh High and its community.

"The students come from all over the world but share a common desire to be successful against some very significant challenges."

Full honours list - Bedfordshire

Order of the British Empire DBE

  • Ms Yasmin Bevan. Head teacher, Denbigh High School, Luton. For services to Education.


  • Professor John Wood. Chief executive, Central Laboratories of the Research Council. For services to Science.


  • Mrs Fiona Denise Knight. (Ms Street), lately Chair, United Kingdom Homecare Association. For services to Disabled People.


  • Kevin Cawood. Formerly Deputy managing director, VT Communications. For services to the Ministry of Defence.

  • Mrs Deirdre Aline Michelle Curtis. For services to the community in Toddington, Bedfordshire.

  • Professor Soraya Dhillon. Chair, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust. For services to Healthcare.

  • Peter Charles Maudlin. For services to the community in Upper Caldecote.

  • Phillip Edward Stephen Morgan. Director, Support Services, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. For services to the NHS.

  • Raymond Harold Parry. Emergency Planning manager, London Underground. For services to Public Transport.

  • Dr Trevor Taylor. Technical and Projects director, MBDA UK. For services to the Defence Industry.

    Full honours list - Buckinghamshire


  • Professor Donald James Jeffries. Professor of Virology and head, Department of Medical Microbiology,St. Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospitals. For services to Medicine.

  • Professor David Peter Lock. Founder, David Lock Associates and Chair, Town and Country Planning Association. For services to Urban Design.

  • Ms Karen Wheeler. Change Programme director, Her Majesty's Courts Service.


  • Garth Michael Guthrie. For services to Charity.

  • Dr Anne Christine McCartney. Director, Regional Microbiology Network, Health Protection Agency, London. For services to Public Health.


  • Miss Cheryl Anderson. Head of Administration, School of Engineering, Cranfield University. For services to Higher Education.

  • George Patrick Constable. Formerly Grade C1, Ministry of Defence.

  • Miss Margaret Mary Bridget McEwen. For services to Children Overseas.

  • Mrs Lillian Jane Ramsay. Founder and director, The Eyeless Trust for Children and Young People Born Without Eyes. For services to Children and Families.

  • Mrs Lynn Maureen Storey. Lead Court manager, Reading County Court, Her Majesty's Court Service.

    Full honours list - Hertfordshire


  • Ms Mabel Davis. Headteacher, Heathlands Special School, Hertfordshire. For services to Special Needs Education.


  • Dr Elizabeth Jane Leese. Senior Medical Officer, Department of Health.

  • Andrew Brian Simmons. Chief executive, Hertfordshire Connexions Partnership. For services to Young People.

  • Ms Irene Ruth Spellman. Chief executive, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. For services to Workplace Learning.

  • Stef Stefanou. Chair, John Doyle Group plc. For services to the Construction Industry.

  • Roy Wilsher. Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Safety.

  • Miss Susan Elizabeth Wolstenholme. Director, British Tennis Foundation. For services to Disabled Sport.


  • David Iain Armstrong. Meteor Multinational Project director, MBDA. For services to the Defence Industry.

  • Mrs Gerda Anneliese Craven. For services to the community in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.

  • Mrs Susan Elizabeth Dungey. For services to the Chaplaincy Team, Lister Hospital, Hertfordshire.

  • Mrs Glynis Mary Farrell. Specialist Music Teacher, Holwell Primary School, Hertfordshire. For services to Education.

  • Wing Cdr Peter Ernest Guiver. For services to the Air Training Corps, London and South East Region.

  • Malcolm Joseph Holmes. Senior Archivist, Camden Library. For services to Local Government.

  • Robert Norwood Marris. For services to the RAF Association.

  • David St John Nasmyth-Miller. Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to the Police.

  • Mrs Nirmala Singhvi. For services to the community in Watford.

  • Ms Liz Snape. Director, Policy and Political Affairs, UNISON. For services to Diversity.

  • Ms Elizabeth Joanna Terry. Managing director, The Leisure Media Company Ltd. For services to the Publishing Industry.

  • William Richard Turnbull. President, Network Russia Scout Fellowship. For services to International Scouting.

  • Ms Faye White. Captain, Arsenal Ladies' Football Club and England. For services to Sport.


  • Peter Hazeldine. Assistant chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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