An Executive Headteacher has dedicated her OBE to staff, parents and pupils at her schools.
Georgetta Holloway was given the OBE in recognition of services to education over the last 20 years –in particular the role she has played at Heath Park School.
The Prestwood Road school is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and recently moved into state-of-the-art accommodation created as part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s £270m Building Schools for the Future programme, which has transformed secondary education in the city.
Georgetta, who is Executive Headteacher at Heath Park and Moseley Park schools, said: “I was overwhelmed to be given this award, and at the same time immensely proud.
“It is recognition of everything that Heath Park has achieved over recent years – but these achievements are not the result of one single person’s efforts and endeavours and instead are down to the collective hard work and commitment of everyone connected with the school; the staff, the parents, the community we serve and especially our young people.
“I am hugely privileged to be in the position of leading Heath Park, and more recently Moseley Park, and recognise that I would not have received this award if it were not for the relentless drive for excellence that pervades everything we do in our schools and to which we all sign up.”
She added: “The Investiture at Buckingham Palace was a truly wonderful experience, meeting others and hearing about their courageous and inspirational work.
“Prince Charles presented me with the honour. He took the time and interest to ask about education and the range of opportunities available to our young people, and was also interested in extra-curricular programmes and out of hours learning for students.
“To be honoured for my work is fantastic but I feel equally honoured every day to be Executive Headteacher at Heath Park and Moseley Park – our young people are amazing.”
Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I would like to congratulate Georgetta on this honour – it is well deserved and testament to the dedication she has shown to the young people of Wolverhampton over the past two decades.”
Georgetta, who was born and raised in Bradford, started teaching at Heath Park in 1995 and became headteacher there in 2008.
She is also director of the Central Learning Partnership Trust, the academy sponsor of Heath Park and Moseley Park, which is also responsible for Westcroft Sports and Applied Learning College, Wolverhampton Vocational Training College, Woden Primary School and three primary schools in Rotherham.