A long-standing Merton headteacher, Celia Dawson of Cricket Green School, Mitcham, was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the King’s New Year’s Honours list.
Dawson, who has been head of Cricket Green school for 22 years and helped create Mitcham Town Community Trust, was recognised for “outstanding and exemplary lifetime services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs”.
Mitcham Town Community Trust is a thriving schools co-operative consisting of nine primary schools, two special schools and one secondary school. As a chair, Dawson has lead projects and supported all member schools in raising standards in teaching and learning.
She has also made a significant contribution towards improvements in Merton’s special education provision as a consultant, mentor and trainer. Working with other school leaders, charities and the business community across Merton, she has contributed to many positive changes and outcomes for children and families.
Dawson describes her work as “the best job in the world” and said “I’m humbled and proud of the incredible work of my team and local community who have helped me shape Cricket Green School into the ‘child-centered’ school that it is today. This award is shared with everyone with me on the journey.”
Cllr Sally Kenny, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m so delighted that Celia’s work at Cricket Green has been recognised.
“In addition to more than two decades leading the school there, her work in helping to set up the Mitcham Town Community Trust and leading projects around special educational needs is the epitome of public service and her honour is richly deserved.”