Headteacher from Manor Park receives OBE from the Queen

PUBLISHED: 15:32 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 07 March 2017

Marva Rollins, OBE

Marva Rollins, OBE

Marva Rollins

A headteacher says she feels "blessed" for having been made an OBE from the Queen for her services to education.

Manor Park resident Marva Rollins has been a headteacher for more than 20 years, five of which she spent at Godwin Junior School in Forest Gate.

She previously helped head up two national development programmes for black and minority ethnic leaders in education and was pivotal in setting up borough community groups such as The Sickle Cell Society and Newham African Caribbean Resource Centre.

The 65-year-old, who believes in giving children in inner city schools an opportunity to excel, received her gong at Buckingham Palace at the end of last month after friends nominated her.

Marva said she “didn’t have a clue” that the OBE was coming until she received her letter.

The modest mum-of-three said: “I was most impressed that a group of people sat down over the course of 18 months and saw it all through.”

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