The headteacher of a school in Ladbroke Grove which has gone from the threat of closure to receiving glowing recognition by the government and Ofsted has picked up his OBE from Prince Charles.
David Sellens, who has been at the helm of the Thomas Jones Primary School since 2001, received his gong from the Prince of Wales at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace on February 11.
The school in St Mark’s Road scores highly in national ratings and was recently entered into the prestigious Mayor of London’s London Schools’ Gold Club.
And speaking after picking up his medal he said: “This a superb accolade for myself, the community I serve and the exceptional staff team, in particular deputy head Lindsay Johnson.
"It is especially pleasing if one considers the fact that a very short time before I was appointed head teacher, Thomas Jones was threatened with closure.
“We have enjoyed over a decade of great success and are one of the most highly achieving and oversubscribed schools in the country.”
Parent and school governor Robin Garton said: “Across the road from one of the poorest estates in the country is a state school that shines like a beacon above them.
"It produces well-educated, well-spoken and well-rounded children. Proud, confident, interested and interesting.”
Over the years Thomas Jones has received praise from Ofsted and the government, which often uses it an example of how a school can be successful.