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Teachers inundated with honours from the Queen

03/01/2012 Kelly
The Queen's New Year's Honours List has presented a range of people in various teaching jobs with awards for their contribution to education.

Around 11 per cent of all honours are awarded to those with jobs in education, and a diverse list was presented by the monarch this year.

Perhaps the most high-profile of all honours was the DBE presented to Sylvia Morris, who as head teacher of a failing inner city primary in Southwark, London, made the school highly successful in only five years.

Dame Silvia, as she is now known, was head teacher at the Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy and retired before Christmas following a 40-year career in education, the BBC reported.

Delighted to have received the prestigious honour, she told the news provider: "I've clearly had an effect on children over many years. But I thought I was doing an ordinary job but I am really thrilled that people have recognised the work that I have done."

The hugely diverse school was set up over 300-years-old to educate the local parish, but now it provides schooling for children from a wide range of backgrounds, with 70 per cent of its intake from ethnic minorities.

In total, some 15 head teachers and a further ten school and college principals received honours from the Queen, while the catering manager who rose to fame for her work with Jamie Oliver on the school meals campaign was given an MBE.

Having featured on the 'Feed Me Better' television series in 2005, Jeannette Orrey has gone on to advise organisations on improving school cooking.

"I feel very proud and privileged and also feel that as an ex-school cook, this is for all the catering staff and local authorities who have worked so hard to meet all the standards," the BBC quoted her as saying.

Another DBE was awarded to Professor Glynis Breakwell, who was vice chancellor at the University of Bath, has turned the institution into a world-leader in research.

Meanwhile, Jean Gross, England's Communications Champion for Children, was honoured with a CBE for her work helping to improve the services available to youngsters with speech, language and communication difficulties.

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