Sally Alexander, Headteacher and Founder of Kimichi School in Birmingham, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 for services to education.
Sally was educated in Harrogate before moving to Antigua where she set up the island’s Youth Orchestra which still runs today. She returned to the UK 10 years later and set up Kimichi Independent School in September 2014.
Kimichi offers education with music at its heart. Housed in a Victorian manor house, the school has a piano in each classroom and a timetable with a fifth of its curriculum dedicated to music. The school offers a full curriculum but is beginning to use innovative strategies to move away from GCSEs and is exploring alternative, unique and child-focussed assessments.
In 2017, Sally was awarded Innovative Teacher of the Year at the Education Awards. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she launched a community initiative whereby pupils and staff delivered goods and services to the most vulnerable. She maintained this after schools began to close, as well as continuing to provide education for vulnerable children at school.
Sally will attend the Palace in 2022 to receive her honour. Congratulations!