June 13, 2009
awards MBE to former Highbridge school secretary
former school secretary from Highbridge has been awarded an MBE
in the Queen's Birthday Honours, it was announced on Saturday
Hughes, who was secretary of Beechfield Infant School in Highbridge,
has been chosen for the award to mark her services to education.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday morning: "It's wonderful
news that came as a complete surprise. It's a great honour to
have been chosen."
worked at the school for more than 30 years, beginning as a teaching
assistant. She was school secretary and clerk of the governors
for 22 years.
added: "I was very surprised but highly delighted to receive
a letter from the Cabinet Office informing me that I had been
awarded an MBE."
our daughter started at Beechfield Infant School I was asked if
I would like to help in her class, listening to readers and playing
games with groups of children. Little did I think then that this
would lead to a career at the school lasting more than 30 years
- I retired last July."
working as a Teaching Assistant within the reception classes I
was asked to support children who had special needs and found
this to be a particularly rewarding experience, seeing these children
grow in confidence and independence."
several years working in the classroom environment, I was appointed
as School Secretary and Clerk to the Governors. There were no
computers or photocopiers in those days, in fact I had to use
a manual typewriter and a very messy ink duplicator."
County devolved more responsibility to schools and introduced
the Computer Management System. This involved all the administrative
staff working within Somerset Schools attend extensive and ongoing
training. It was a great experience to meet colleagues from different
schools and we found we could support each other if teething difficulties
hope that in some small way I have been able to uphold the schools
Mission Statement - 'Caring, Sharing and Learning Together' -
and given support where possible to the Beechfield Team, who work
tirelessly to ensure the individual needs of every child is met
and to encourage them achieve their full potential in a caring,
secure and enjoyable atmosphere."
should like to thank the Headteacher, Governors and Staff for
nominating me for this Honour. It really is a very special feeling
to know that the people I worked alongside actually recommended
me, and I am looking forward to attending the Investiture and
receiving my MBE."
Deahl, who sits on the school's board of governors, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Saturday: "This is a very well deserved award for Elizabeth.
We are all delighted for her!"
Cabinet Office said 72% of the 984 recipients of the awards on
this year's Queen's Birthday Honours main list are "ordinary
people who have made a real difference" to life in their