A leading figure at Wolverhampton Grammar School has been named the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Headteacher of the Year for her inspirational work leading a large state school in North West London. Evelyn Forde, a Director at Wolverhampton Grammar School, was described by TES as a “decisive leader” and “positive role model”.
Having left school in the 1980s with no qualifications and disillusioned with an uncaring system, Evelyn returned to education in her 20s and, after joining the teaching profession, worked to champion diversity and inclusion and overcome prejudice on her journey to headship. Since 2016, she has been Headteacher of Copthall School, a highly regarded girls’ 11-18 academy with a comprehensive and culturally diverse intake. She is a member of the Council of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). As part of her role with ASCL, she is chairing a new network for BAME leaders in education, setting out to improve the proportion of school leaders who come from BAME backgrounds: currently only 3% of headteachers in the UK do.
Commenting on the award, Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School, Alex Frazer said: “At WGS, we are proud of our association with Evelyn Forde and offer her our heartfelt congratulations for this wonderful achievement. Evelyn is an exceptional leader who is driven by the belief that all young people, no matter what their background, should have access to outstanding teaching, support and opportunities through education. Together, we see real value in state and independent schools working and learning together. I am delighted that she has been nationally recognised for her outstanding commitment to education.”
James Sage, Chair of the Board of Directors at Wolverhampton Grammar School added “Everyone at Wolverhampton Grammar School, including the Board members who work with Evelyn are delighted that the outstanding work she does has been recognised nationally. We know how fortunate we are to have someone with her ability to provide invaluable advice to us and she does so by finding time in her already packed schedule.”
Wolverhampton Grammar School is governed by a board of Directors, who are supported by a Council and Board of Trustees. Our Directors come from a broad range of industries, sectors and backgrounds and give of their time and expertise on a purely voluntary basis. They are a team of highly dedicated and experienced individuals whose determination to deliver outstanding educational opportunities to our students is second to none.