• Kia Fullerton

Head teacher youngest to have school rated ‘outstanding’

A 32 year old head teacher, is believed to be the youngest in the country to have her school rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.


Thahmina Begum is head of east London’s Forest Gate School, a secondary school with GCSE results in the country’s top 50 for four years in a row.


Ofsted described teachers as having a “strong sense of social justice” and giving extra support to disadvantaged students.


Head teacher Thahmina said: "The inspection could not have come at a more difficult time. We knew a lockdown was looming so were planning for school closures. We had staff and students at home self-isolating."


Since lockdown teachers at the school have been a service for the community, by delivering food parcels to vulnerable students and the elderly self-isolating.


Thahmina Begum has been head teacher since last September, after being deputy head for two years previously.


Simon Elliott, CEO of the Community Schools Trust which operates Forest Gate Community School, said: “Even in the most difficult of circumstances, against the backdrop of the worst pandemic for over a century, this group of teachers have proven their extraordinary commitment to our students.


“We are extremely pleased with the report not just because we remain an Outstanding School but because it is validation of the exceptional staff we have working here.”


Source: The London Economic

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