To be awarded a Knighthood is an ultimate dream for many people. Sir Theodore Agnew (pictured above) has achieved that dream.
Sir Theodore has carried out remarkable work in both India and here in the UK. Providing education to the poor and regenerating deprived areas has been the main focus for Sir Theodore over the years.
In Hyderabad, India, Sir Theodore has funded schools and offered over 3,000 bursaries to local children in poverty. In Norfolk, he set up and funded Saturday and summer schools in one of the most deprived wards to support improvements in literacy. He chaired the Norfolk Community Foundation and saw its endowment and grant-giving increase 10-fold over five years. In 2012 he established the Inspiration Trust, which is already the leading sponsor of academies in Norfolk, bringing clear improvements to the schools in its care.
Sir Theodore is now a key player on the national education scene. Soon after assisting the Conservative Party with their education proposals, Sir Theodore joined the board of the Department for Education and has now become chairman of its Academies Board.
One of the greatest beneficiaries of Sir Theodore’s giving nature is Greenacre Primary School in Great Yarmouth. In 2011, the local school was named the Country’s 19th worst performing Primary School. However, thanks to Sir Theodore’s work the school was funded with a grant of £50,000 a year for five years and has now opened has an Academy.
This is just a small taste of Sir Theodore’s work, and a perfect example of how the honours system acknowledges those who dedicate themselves to helping others.