A former head teacher who transformed the reputation of a Northampton school has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.
Chair of governors at Northampton School for Girls (NSG) Joan Martin, 78, helped to reverse the decline of the institution after she was appointed in 1999, the BBC reports. She took up her current role in 2002.
Ms Martin trained as a home economics teacher in the 1950s and the skills she learned on the job helped her to control budgets and manage time well. She became involved in school management in 1964 and her final two education jobs were in head teacher roles, controlling a budget of £2 million.
The MBE citation states: "Her drive, enthusiasm and sheer hard work ensured that the school has now moved into the top 100 performing schools in terms of the progress".
Ms Martin claims part of her success was down to being able to assemble a strong board of governors, including people with accountancy, legal, business and communication skills.
Posted by Alan Douglas