Local headteacher receives New Year Honour

Release Date: 03/01/2017

The Council congratulates local headteacher for her recognition in the Queen’s New Year Honours’ list.

Penny Cox, Headteacher of Holy Trinity School in Richmond, has been recognised for her achievements in education, receiving an MBE.

Penny has been a teacher for nearly 12 years. Whilst at Holy Trinity, she has strived to improve the standard of education at the school. Through her leadership, Penny has taken the school from an Ofsted ‘Satisfactory’ rating – to ‘Outstanding’. The school is now one of the most popular in the borough.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“This honour could not be more deserved. Because of Penny’s energetic and visionary leadership, Holy Trinity has transformed.

“Penny always puts the wellbeing of the children, staff and community before any promotion of herself. She is adamant that at Holy Trinity every pupil must experience outstanding teaching and learning every day. She works hard with her staff to encourage high standards and innovation. And, the results show her success.

"I want to see more of our teachers and school leaders recognised for their contribution to our community. So I am thrilled that Penny has been included in the Queen's New Year's Honours list this year.

“I would like to pass on my congratulations to Penny, and indeed her whole school. This accolade represents the hard work of not just Penny – but all her colleagues.”

Robert Henderson, Deputy Chief Executivefor Achieving for Children, added:

“I would also like to add our congratulations on what is a very deserved award. Penny works hard to improve education not just at Holy Trinity – but sets a high standard for the rest of the borough. I am thrilled that she has been recognised.”

Updated: 3 January 2017