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Leadership - English Principals Hit the Heights: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Leadership - English Principals Hit the Heights: News

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Five receive top accolade in Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Being visited by inspectors is one of the most stressful parts of the job for any school leader, but if one inspection is gruelling, how about four in the space of two weeks?

That is what happened to David Carter, executive principal of the Cabot Learning Federation of schools, based in Bristol in the South West of England. Three of his 10 schools were visited by England's school inspectorate Ofsted on the same day last week.

Fortunately, there was some good news. As well as coming through the inspections unscathed, Mr Carter became Sir David, having been appointed to a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, published last Friday.

"I had a letter from the Cabinet Office about the knighthood and I've been bursting with this secret," Sir David said. "My family is delighted. It's wonderful to get this after teaching for 30 years."

About 10 per cent of the honours announced last week are for work in education. Other knighthoods went to Greg Martin, executive headteacher of the Durand Academy in South London, and Kenneth Gibson, executive headteacher of Harton Technology College and Academy 360 in northeast England. …

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