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Dagenham headteacher made OBE

PUBLISHED: 12:18 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:00 17 June 2015

Mr Peter McPartland OBE was made an OBE for his services to special educational needs

Mr Peter McPartland OBE was made an OBE for his services to special educational needs

2015 Dan Dennison

It’s been a week to write home about at a special needs school in Dagenham after its headteacher was made an OBE by the Queen.

The music department at Trinity School with their award. From left to right: Helen Churchill, Gwyn Reeves & Liane Porter. The students are a small representation of the very large amount of students involved in music (Picture: Alan Porter)The music department at Trinity School with their award. From left to right: Helen Churchill, Gwyn Reeves & Liane Porter. The students are a small representation of the very large amount of students involved in music (Picture: Alan Porter)

Peter McPartland, headteacher of Trinity Special School, has been named amongst the honoured in the Monarch’s 2015 Birthday list for his services to special educational needs.

Headteacher at the Heathway school since 2007, his award comes after 39 years of dedicated service in education.

He said he was “pleased, proud and a little embarrassed” to be crowned with the title adding: “I know that an OBE also reflects the strength of the many people who have supported my work.

“In accepting the award, I do so on behalf of the pupils, their parents and staff at Trinity. I would also like to say thank you for the support and encouragement that my colleagues from other Barking and Dagenham schools and officers from the local authority have given me over the years.”

Under his leadership the school has achieved three successive Outstanding Ofsted inspections in 2007, 2009 and 2014 and he has been behind many initiatives that have been pivotal in improving the life opportunities of many vulnerable youngsters.

But the good news didn’t end there as Trinity cleaned up at the London Music Awards, winning recognition of the school’s “excellent” music department.

The award was presented to Mr McPartland at the Roundhouse on Thursday, June 11, by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP.

“Music is an extremely popular subject at the school and it’s a vehicle by which we promote communication,” Mr McPartland said.

“It’s an excellent music department and they thoroughly deserve their award and all our pupils receive access to a brilliant music education here.”


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