The Queen's New Years Honour list has recognised two head teachers for their outstanding contribution to education on a national level.
Joan McVitte will receive the honour following her efforts in transforming Leytonstone School and the infamous Woodside High in Tottenham, previously known as 'the worst school in London', which has attained an 'outstanding' Ofsted rank despite facing closure just five years ago.
She joins Sally Coates, who will be made a dame after overseeing huge improvements to the Burlington Danes Academy on the deprived White City Estate in north London.
"The thing to remember is that everyone wants things to work. The teachers want to work in a good school, the parents want the school to be good and the children want to be in a good school," she told BBC News.
Around 10 per cent of those included in the New Years Honour list will be recognised for their work in the field of education, with 31 head teachers set to be rewarded.
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