Mr. STEVEN JOHN White , MBE

Steve has a long and distinguished career in British education, culminating recently in the award of MBE from the Queen for services to education and sport.

Steve’s most recent school-based role was as Principal of Rushey Mead Secondary School in Leicester, one of the foremost schools in the country. Since then he has been active as Chair of the School Development Support Agency (SDSA), a company created by central government to work with schools, local authorities and other government organisations to promote improvement.

Under Steve's chairmanship the SDSA has flourished, working to an effective social enterprise model for improvement through collaboration and partnerships with schools. This model has yielded many successful support services, intervention projects and programmes that improve the life chances of children. Steve is influential in developing partnerships with schools and governments in other countries to enable global perspectives and intercultural and international understanding to contribute to improved education experience.

A successful teaching career has seen Steve working in several schools in London and Leicester, peaking as the Principal of Rushey Mead Secondary School, establishing it as one of England’s leading Sports and Science Colleges. It was cited by the then Prime Minister as an exemplar of good practice for community cohesion and top academic qualifications.

Steve also has substantial experience and a strong interest in the promotion and development of physical activity and sport through partnership activities and the development of facilities. He has been chair of the Sports Alliance and the Cultural Strategy and has worked with professional sports clubs, local organisations and government initiatives.

Steve’s sporting endeavours have led to strong backing for the Young Athletes Programme and AimStrong Sport, organisations that promote physical literacy with young children. Having started his career in a special needs school, one of Steve’s great passions is the Special Olympics and meeting the needs of learners with disability.

Steve also helped to set up the Rushey Mead Foundation to commemorate the devastating 2001 earthquake in Gujurat, India. Currently there are about 120 youngsters in Bhuj being educated in the newly built school by the Foundation. Steve’s distinguished career in education and sport was born out of a family who valued people helping each other. His mother Nellie was a Code Breaker in the Second World War serving at Bletchley Park and eventually becoming an outstanding Headteacher. His father was a businessman and lover of all sports, introducing Steve to fair play and the merits of keeping fit and involved.

In recent years Steve has formed strong partnerships with the other iBase partners, all sharing a strong vision and plans for centres where sport and education flourish. The rest is history.- but the best is yet to come!




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