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Congratulations to Schools Challenge Cymru Adviser Sylvia Jones on receiving her CBE
Specialising in reducing low achievement in challenging circumstances, Sylvia has widespread experience of raising standards across Wales and England and has been awarded the CBE in recognition of her work as Headteacher of Valentines High School Teaching School Alliance.
Judged by OFSTED to be ‘outstanding’ in all categories Valentines High School has consistently been one of the most successful comprehensives in England. It has been praised for outstanding examination results, excellent behaviour and a harmonious and purposeful work ethic in a deprived catchment with 36% of student receiving free school meals.
Born in Anglesey, Sylvia spent all of her teaching career in London and the surrounding areas; including 14 years as a secondary Headteacher and engagement with the London Challenge.
In 2008 Sylvia was just one of 300 headteachers in the UK to be awarded the title ‘National Leader of Education’ by the National College for School Leadership. 
Most recently Sylvia was appointed the Principal of one of the first Teaching School Alliances in England; a group of 14 secondary, special and primary schools offering CPD, leadership development and courses, school-to-school support and initial teacher training over a wide area of the South East.
Sylvia sat on the Co-Lab Governance board for the Institute of Education, University of London, which developed and delivered the English National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and middle leader programmes.  Sylvia was also a member of the national steering group for England of the ‘Leading Edge’ programme; a school led training and support organisation where schools offer best practice advice.
Sylvia was selected for the English Department for Education (DFE) ‘Fellowship Programme’ where a small group of headteachers from outstanding schools offered insights on policy to the DFE, including the pupil premium. 
Sylvia also has extensive experience of working on national programmes to improve governance along with strategies to help prevent violent extremism among vulnerable young people.
In addition to being a Schools Challenge Cymru Adviser, Sylvia is also a trustee of the Villiers Park Education Trust Cambridge; an organisation that seeks to extend access to Russell Group universities for comprehensive school pupils.
Sylvia Jones commented, “I am delighted to have been awarded the CBE, and would like to thank all of my colleagues and the pupils themselves, for making my role so rewarding.  As a Schools Challenge Cymru Adviser, I am now working closely with schools in South Wales to raise levels of attainment.  I have extensive experience of working with schools that are faced with challenging circumstances and am looking forward to joining them on their school improvement journey”.
For further information please contact:
Siân Johnson
Marketing and Communications Manager - Central South Consortium
01443 827523

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