Marva Rollins is in her 22nd year of Headship and her 17th .’ear as Headteacher of Raynham Primary in Edmonton, North London. She is also the Head of Raynham Children’s Centre Hub. Marva has focused her teaching career on giving children in inner city schools an opportunity to excel and improve their life chances. She has received a number of awards, recognising her contribution to education and the community, including an honorary degree and the Windrush Education Champion. The REACH Society has also acknowledged her contribution.
An active member of the community, she is founder member of numerous groups including The Sickle Cell Society, East London Black Women Organisation (ELBWO). She also helped secure funding for the Newham African Caribbean Centre. In 2009 Marva was named by the Evening Standard as one of the 1000 most influential people in London, and in 2011 featured in the Metro’s top 50 Black Heroes. She has featured in The Voice, The Nation, The Guardian Newspaper, The Times Education Supplement(TESS) and The Headteacher Update. She is currently featured on WeAreTheCity website – Inspirational Women.
Marva plays an active role in a number of educational organisations and was a member of the appointing panel for the first trustees of the College of Teaching (2015). She also takes part in internship programmes, giving Middle and Senior Leaders from schools nationally the opportunity to shadow her and her Middle and Senior Leaders. Each year her school hosts leaders from abroad.
Marva is a regular conference speaker, trainer and facilitator in education as well as qualified Education Mentor and Coach for newly appointed and experienced headteachers. A consultant headteacher, she is a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust (NET).
As well as facilitating leadership training for education leaders generally, Marva is one of the lead writers and trainers on two national programmes for BME teachers: Investingin Diversity (liD) and (2007- 2012) and Equal Access to Promotion (EAP) which is currently funded by the ” National Union of Teachers (NUT). Both these programmes have empowered many middle leaders and deputy headteachers to challenge the status quo, enhance their skills /knowledge and achieved their aims. Marva uses her interview and presentation expertise in giving BME middle and senior leaders (and others) practice sessions when applying for promotion. Marva has three adult sons and several grandchildren.
Cliff’s knighthood, bestowed in the 1995 Birthday Honours for his tireless charity work, was the first such to be given to a pop star. His practical support of so many good causes reflects the reality of his deep Christian commitment. which began in the mid-1960’s, and which, despite the media critics who claimed it was a passing fad or a publicity gimmick, has been the motivating force in his life ever since.