The headteacher of Haringey's outstanding Brook Special Primary School, Margaret Sumner, has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Ms Sumner, who has been at the helm of the school since it opened in 2011, received the accolade for services to special educational needs and disabilities.
She has spent more than 20 years championing a “Campus for All” on Broadwater Farm, moving towards more and more inclusion for children with special needs and disabilities.
The vision for a Campus for All eventually became the Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Campus, with Haringey Sixth Form Centre, Riverside Special Secondary School and Broadwaters – which brings together the Brook Special Primary, the Willow mainstream primary and Broadwaters Children's Centre.
Broadwaters launched six years ago in a brand new state-of-the-art building where a group of children, including those with profound and complex needs come together learning, living and belonging together.
Ms Sumner said she was “delighted” to accept the OBE, adding:
“It wasn’t always easy, but people united around the challenge overcoming significant difficulties and now The Brook has been judged an Outstanding special school; the Children’s Centre is Outstanding and only last week we heard that The Willow had gained an Outstanding Ofsted judgement – that “Campus for All” has really arrived and now we have an OBE which recognises the outstanding work of this amazing community, which has so much to be proud of!”
Chair of Governors Marilyn Francis said:
“Margaret's contribution to this community is significantly important; her OBE is an amazing testament to all her outstanding work. This recognition comes at a time when Margaret winds down her Headship of The Brook Special Primary School and is a wonderful reward to the close of a long and exciting career in special education.”
Cllr Elin Weston, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“My heartfelt congratulations to Margaret; her OBE is huge testament to the great work done by herself and the entire school community. The positive difference they have made to the lives of so many of Haringey’s children cannot be understated, and this award is the icing on the cake of so many fantastic achievements for the Brook and Broadwaters.”