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Inspirational Enfield Headteacher awarded OBE

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25 January 2017

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An inspirational Enfield Headteacher has been named on the New Year's Honours List 2017.

An inspirational Enfield Headteacher has been named on the New Year's Honours List 2017.

Marva Rollins, Headteacher at Raynham Primary School and Children’s Centre, was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

The gong comes hot on the heels of a special Golden Jubilee Award bestowed on the popular Head by the Barbados Government in recognition of her outstanding service as a member of the Barbadian Community, which was presented by Sir Garfield Sobers, a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder.

Marva has led Raynham Primary for 17 years - the school is also one of the largest primaries in the country, and caters for a very diverse population.

A major part of Marva's role in the last twenty years has also been developing senior leaders in education nationally for which she has been widely commended.

She will travel to Buckingham Palace to receive her OBE on 23 February this year.

Mrs Rollins said: "I was amazed when I was told I had been awarded an OBE - it came as a complete surprise, especially as it comes just after I had received the medal from Sir Garfield, which made me extremely proud.

"But it is not just recognition of my career in education, it is recognition of Raynham’s success, the OBE is not just for me, it is for the highly talented team that I have the privilege to work with."

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: "I congratulate Marva on being awarded an OBE in recognition for the fantastic work she does for her pupils. She is a great ambassador for the borough and an inspiration to all who meet her."