Sue Marooney awarded MBE in Queen’s birthday honours list

We are delighted to announce that our Executive Headteacher Sue Marooney has been awarded an MBE in the 2022 Queen’s birthday honours list.  The award was for services to education and is testament to Sue’s unwavering commitment to Durrington and the local community, over nearly two decades.  During this time, Sue has not only led Durrington High School to being consistently oversubscribed and hugely successful, but has also established the Durrington Multi-Academy Trust (DMAT). DMAT includes Durrington High School, Laurels Primary School, The South Downs SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and the Durrington Research School.


Chair of Governors, Roy Barraclough said “All governors at Durrington High School were delighted to hear that Headteacher Sue Marooney has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, for services to education.  It is so appropriate that her work over 19 years at Durrington has been recognised in this way and we warmly congratulate Sue on this achievement


When asked about her award, Sue replied “It is such a great honour, especially in the Queen’s Jubilee year to be awarded the MBE. I was totally taken by surprise when contacted and am humbled and proud to receive the MBE on behalf of all of  ‘Team Durrington’, past and present.

For nearly twenty years I have been privileged to be headteacher of Durrington High school and also for the last eight years CEO of DMAT, serving our communities.

At Durrington and DMAT we want the best for every child, whatever their starting point. For our amazing students we want them to have the best of everything.  To have choices and for doors to be open to them, so that they can go and live their dreams.

One person can have a vision and a plan, but it only translates into reality when you have brilliant , hard working, inspiring individuals and teams around you, who make the vision happen.  Not just once, but year after year.

The lovely messages I have already received from family, friends and colleagues past and present are overwhelming. Personally I couldn’t do what I do without the support from my amazing family and professionally without my brilliant team. I am looking forward to a number of celebrations!

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