Yasmin Bevan

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Dame Yasmin Bevan, DBE (née Prodhan; born 3 December 1953) is an influential figure within the UK education system.

Bevan was the Executive Principal and Headteacher of Denbigh High School[1] in Luton, Bedfordshire from 1991 until her retirement.[2] She contributed to policy development through the Expert Group on Assessment and the Practitioners Group on School Behaviour and Attendance. She has also chaired the Department for Education's Secondary Heads Reference Group from March 2010.

In 2007 she was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire for services to education[3] and in 2013 she appeared in Who's Who.[4]


  • Teaching Awards Special Commendation in 2003
  • Teaching Awards Headteacher of the Year in 2005
  • Awarded honorary doctorate in April 2008
  • Became a National Leader of Education in 2009 (NLE)
  • In 2009, Denbigh High School won the Times Educational Supplement's 'Secondary School of the Year' Award.[5]


  • DCSF Secondary Education Adviser in June 2007
  • Former member of DfEE Race Education and Employment Forum
  • Former governor Luton Sixth Form College
  • Member, governing council of the National College of School Leadership and Corporate Plan Reference Group (2000–04)
  • Member, DfES headteacher reference group that advises the DfES Practitioners’ Group on Pupil Behaviour and Attendance
  • Member of the DfES headteacher reference group that advises the Department for Children, Schools and Families
  • Member of DfES citizenship education working party
  • Member of the DfES Practitioners Group on School Behaviour and Discipline
  • Headteachers' representative on a regional consultative head’s group for the School Improvement Partners Programme
  • NCSL Secondary Director (temporary secondment)
  • DfES Ten year childcare strategy stakeholder group
  • Advisory Group on National Leaders of Education 2006


  1. ^ "Home - Denbigh High School". Denbighhigh.luton.sch.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Farewell from Dame Yasmin, 19 December 2014; retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ "The complete New Year Honours lists". BBC News. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ ‘BEVAN, Dame Yasmin (Prodhan)’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2012; online edn, Nov 2012 Profile, ukwhoswho.com; accessed 25 March 2013]
  5. ^ "Denbigh wins Secondary School of the Year award - Latest News - About the School - Denbigh High School". Denbighhigh.luton.sch.uk. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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