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OBE for inspirational teacher

Camden headteacher Kate Frood has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for more than 30 years’ service in education

Kate has been head of Eleanor Palmer Primary School, recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, for 11 years and has been in teaching for 31 years - with a total of 27 years spent in Camden. In between headships at Kentish Town CofE Primary School and Eleanor Palmer, Kate was a mathematics consultant at Islington for several years. Building on the huge success of maths teaching at Eleanor Palmer, Kate has established important relationships with key national maths organisations. Commenting on the OBE, Kate said: “Receiving an OBE is both a tremendous honour and extremely humbling - I’m accepting it on behalf of all Camden’s amazing headteachers. I love my job and always have! Headship is extraordinarily busy and challenging but I’m sure what keeps me sane and focussed is that I still manage to teach maths twice a week.

"As well as the day-to-day running of school, I’m also proud to have helped Eleanor Palmer achieve Teaching School status and to therefore bring staff from Camden’s fantastic schools together to pool their expertise, get inspired, keep on learning and keep on growing as teachers.”  Sarah Hodgetts, chair of governors at Eleanor Palmer School, said: “Kate has worked in Camden as a dedicated teacher and head for most of her career. She is an influential part of the culture and standards of education across the borough, and spent several years chairing Schools Forum, which brings together all of the borough’s heads. “She has built Eleanor Palmer into an outstanding school which has achieved Teaching School status  - with our school at the centre of a group of schools providing training and support in teaching excellence across the borough and wider. We are honoured to have her as our headteacher!” Kate’s career began at Fleet Primary School in 1983. She then moved to Kentish Town School as deputy head before becoming headteacher from 1993. She has been head of Eleanor Palmer School since 2003 and led the school to Ofsted ‘outstanding’ status in 2011. In March 2013 Eleanor Palmer School was awarded Teaching School Status and Kate leads the Camden Primary Partnership Teaching School Alliance.

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