Katharine  Birbalsingh CBE

Headmistress and Co-founder, Michaela Community School and Chair, Social Mobility Commission
Social Mobility Commission

Katharine Birbalsingh CBE is Headmistress and co-founder of Michaela Community School in Wembley, London. Michaela is known for its tough-love behaviour systems, knowledge curriculum and teaching of kindness and gratitude. In 2017, OFSTED graded the school as “Outstanding” in every category. In 2019, GCSE results showed 54% of graded papers getting a grade 7 or above with 90% 4to9 in Maths and 90% 4to9 in English.

Katharine read Philosophy & Modern Languages at The University of Oxford and has always taught in inner London. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio and has written for several UK publications. Katharine has written two books and edited a third…. and a fourth called The Power of Culture which has just been published. Whether you agree with Katharine or not, she will make you think.

Ms Birbalsingh was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours by The Queen.

Most recently, Ms Birbalsingh was appointed as Chair of the Social Mobility Commission to begin in November 2021. She is now reporting directly to the government on strategies to ensure that the circumstances of a child’s birth do not determine the child’s outcomes in life.

Follow Katharine on Twitter: @Miss_Snuffy

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