School mourns Forest Gate headteacher

TRIBUTES have poured in for Forest Gate head teacher Margaret Wheeler who died from breast cancer.

The 59-year-old had been in charge of Forest Gate Community School in Forest Street for ten years before retiring due to ill health in August.

She leaves behind husband Terry, a Waltham Forest councillor, son Thomas, 31, and daughter Abina, 33.

Acting head teacher Dr Sophina Asong told the Recorder that Mrs Wheeler was responsible for doubling the number of students gaining good grades in their GCSEs.

Under her leadership the school picked up several awards including High Performing Specialist School Status two years running.

Dr Asong said: “She was the most successful head teacher this school had in a generation.”

A tribute posted on the school’s website read: “The students, staff, parents and governors join the Wheeler family to mourn the loss of and celebrate the life, work and achievements of our most successful head teacher, who passed on peacefully on Saturday, October 2 after a brief illness.

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“Her passion for education lives here with us. For that we feel very grateful. Thank you Mrs Wheeler.”