Local headteacher Teresa Tunnadine CBE has been recognised by Middlesex University, receiving an honorary degree for her contribution to education.
Ms Tunnadine is headteacher at The Compton School, one of north London’s most successful schools. The Compton is known for its successive ‘outstanding’ OFSTED inspections and dramatic rise in student results over a number of years, leading to the school’s inclusion in the Department for Education’s 2012 top 100 schools for pupil progress.
Her leadership led to The Compton being designated as a ‘Teaching School’, playing a vital role in the professional development of headteachers, teachers and support staff as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support. Teresa has also successfully led her school during two multi-million pound building and expansion programmes.
Awarded a CBE for her service to education in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list Ms Tunnadine has been a senior member of the school in Summer Lane, Finchley, since it opened in 1992.
Teresa Tunnadine said: "I am thrilled to be accepting this honorary degree on behalf of the education sector. Schools and heads leading them play a vital role within local communities and I am proud to have been able to serve our local community in Finchley for 21 years.
“Headship increasingly involves working beyond one's own school and this is an important and very enjoyable part of the work as headteacher of The Compton School, which is now a teaching school, I am privileged to lead this wider remit providing support for staff and schools across the region."
Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Driscoll said: “Teresa has been instrumental in the progress of education both locally and nationally and her work to develop the next generation of teachers and headteachers is particularly important in our profession. I’m very pleased to mark her impressive contribution with this honorary degree.”
Her success at the helm of the Finchley based school has led to involvement in the London Leadership Strategy, since 2003, where as a National Leader of Education she has been called upon to support other headteachers and schools.
The north London educational landscape has always been familiar to Teresa, who began her career as a geography teacher in Enfield.