THE head of a village school is ‘delighted’ to have been given honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen.
Abbots Bromley School executive head Victoria Musgrave will travel to Buckingham Palace to meet the monarch at June’s Royal Garden Party.
Six months after taking up the role in Abbots Bromley, Mrs Musgrave is being honoured for her services to education during a 30-year career as a head teacher and consultant for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
She said: “The letter from the Department of Education honours Team came as a complete surprise to me in the Christmas post.
“I was delighted, of course, but still believe that, whilst I have a real passion for young people and their learning, this accolade is largely a testament to the hard work of the very many colleagues and students I have worked with over the years.
“I am guessing I owe this privilege in a large part to my work in Norfolk schools where I spent 12 very happy years as Principal of two of the finest secondary schools in the county.”
Mrs Musgrave joined Abbots Bromley School after her role as senior professional fellow in educational leadership at Liverpool Hope University.
She has held four headships in her career, including two years as head of a high-performing Woodard School in Greater Manchester.
From 2000 to 2006, Mrs Musgrave was principal at Wymondham College, Britain’s largest state boarding school.
In 2005 she was seconded to take a Thetford school out of special measures and spent a further five years at principal of Wymondham High Academy until 2013.
Every summer, the Queen hosts Royal Garden Parties to honour contributions to public service.
Guests have the rare chance to see the Royal family whilst enjoying tea in the picturesque gardens at Buckingham Palace.