Lycée Winston Churchill headteacher awarded Légion d’honneur
Mireille Rabaté, headteacher of the Lycée International Winston Churchill, receives France’s highest honour, the Légion d’honneur, from Ambassador Bermann
21 October 2016
Mireille Rabaté has received the legion d’honneur, testament to a career dedicated to education and promoting French academic excellence throughout the world.
She began her career teaching French at the University of Brandeis, near Boston, before returning to France to teach French literature, Greek and Latin. She subsequently took up the post of Principal of Lycée Gaston-Crampe in Aire-sur-Adour and then Deputy Head of School at Lycée d’Artagnan in Nogaro, before returning to the US as Deputy Headteacher of Lycée Rochambreau in Washington, one of the flagships of French education in the world.
After a brief return to France, Mireille Rabaté was appointed Deputy Headteacher of the International Franco-American school in San Francisco, deepening her understanding of the importance of digital technology in education.
It was for these skills as well as her personal commitment to the education service that the French Education Charitable Trust asked her to become head of the new Lycée Winston Churchill in London.
Thanks to Mireille’s constant personal commitment and an ability to involve the whole of the education community, from heads of the school to parents and pupils, Lycée Winston Churchill was opened by President Hollande in September 2015. One year later, the school now teaches more than 700 pupils from nursery up to Sixth Form. It’s innovative educational methods and academic excellence are a credit to French education just as much as to the British tradition, from which it gets its love of artistic and sporting disciplines.
The Ambassador also paid tribute to a “long career in the service of education worldwide” helping “to promote French excellence abroad for more than 30 years”.