Since becoming headteacher at Thomas Jones Primary School, off Ladbroke Grove, in 2001, David Sellens has seen the school transform under his leadership.
It has received praise from Ofsted and the Government, and is often used as an example of how a school can be successful.
And it is because of his services to education that the 50-year-old has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He said: “We have been successful in transforming a school that was not setting the world alight, and we keep on delivering. It has turned itself around.”
And he paid tribute to pupils past and present who have made the St Mark’s Road school a success: “The children and their families are inspirational. The children are articulate, they have huge ambitions, they’re tenacious and robust, they have a burning desire to learn. This is for them.
“This has been a very successful school for 10 years and we will continue to grow and be successful. ”
He also paid tribute to the team around him, and in particular to deputy head Lindsay Johnson. He said: “She has been a shining light and part of the community for 20 years and is respected by the community. She has played her part in the transformation of the school and the community.”
A parent governor said the accolade was richly-deserved, saying: “In the turbulent ocean of education, Thomas Jones is a lighthouse that flashes brilliantly over it and David Sellens is its dedicated, rigorous, and enthusiastic keeper. He is a man on a mission.
“His contribution to Britain is twofold. It is in what he does for the children who go through his school, the teachers, the parents and everyone associated with it and it is in what he does for education in general showing what it can and should be.”