Principal awarded OBE

Sunday 11 October 2020


Max Haimendorf, the Principal of King Solomon Academy, has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for services to education.

Mr Haimendorf was appointed Secondary Headteacher in 2008, and has been All-through Principal of King Solomon Academy since 2016, becoming the first headteacher to have been trained through the Teach First programme. Under his leadership the school has achieved consistently exceptional outcomes, including the highest progress and attainment for any school in the country in 2015 at GCSE level. Since becoming All-through Principal in 2016, Mr Haimendorf has led the merger of King Solomon Academy and Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy, including the expansion of the Secondary provision. KSA has acted as a beacon for other schools working to address educational inequality, and produced a series of leaders who have had siginificant impact in school leadership and beyond.    

Mr. Haimendorf was congratulated by the Chair of Governors, Jennifer Moses, “Max’s commitment to the pupils, families and staff of KSA is apparent every day. He fervently believes every pupil can achieve, no matter their circumstances. That belief permeates every aspect of KSA.”.

Mr. Haimendorf, said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award. It recognises the vision of Ark and our governors, and the hard work and dedication of our staff, students and the wider community who have created King Solomon Academy. I am proud to work with such talented and inspirational people. We are part of a community of schools showing that all pupils, irrespective of background, can succeed when supported by strong pastoral care and high expectations.”

Ark Boulton’s Herminder Channa joined Mr Haimendorf in receiving an OBE. Both Principals and their schools have been congratulated by Ark Schools. Ark CEO Lucy Heller said: “These awards are a great tribute to both Herminder and Max, and to all those they work with and teach. Ark prides itself on attracting the very best school leaders to inspire and motivate all their students to reach their full potential, and I am delighted that their work has been recognised in this way.”