The judges described Sine MacVicar’s entry as “absolutely stunning”.
They said: “She has put the school at the heart of the community and the time, energy and commitment that she has dedicated is extraordinary.”
The word that cropped up most as they considered her entry was “committed”, but not simply because of her 44 years’ service to the same school. The judges also took account of “all the hours that she has devoted, both in and outside of school, to developing the students in her care, broadening their horizons and encouraging them to excel”.
Her child-centred approach meant that “every one of her students feels nurtured and cherished, with many turning to MacVicar for advice long after they have left school”. And there are few people in the community “whose lives she has not touched”, the judges found.
MacVicar was considered to be “the embodiment of what a great headteacher should be”.