Dame Joan McVittie

Former Leytonstone head made a Dame in New Year’s Honours

A former Leytonstone School headteacher has been made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours List.

Joan McVittie, now Dame Joan McVittie, has been recognised for improving Leytonstone School, and then Woodside High, in Tottenham.

Full story: BBC

Profile of Dame Joan McVittie

Joan McVittie is the highly-regarded Headteacher of Woodside High School in a deprived area of Haringey. She took the school from the brink of closure to achievement of an “outstanding” grading in the 2011 Ofsted inspection. Nationally, she has contributed to the wider school community through her participation in the Secondary Headteachers Forum, as President of the Association of School and College Leaders and as a governor of the National College.

Source: Cabinet Office

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