A Lincolnshire teaching governor with 40 years of experience in education will receive a British Empire Medal to recognise her work in the industry.
Pam Powell is the Chair of Governors for five Community Inclusive Trust schools in the following five schools across the county:
- Woodlands Academy in Spilsby
- Chapel St Leonards Primary School near Skegness
- Greenfields Academy in Grantham
- Ambergate Sports College in Grantham
- Sandon School in Grantham
Pam also volunteers as President of The Ladies Skegness Probus, Secretary of Ramsden Village Hall committee, and Chair of Old Bolingbroke and Haresby Parish Council. She is also a clerk at The Gregory Croft Charitable Trust.
She also embarked on a challenge last year to organise, along with a group of willing volunteers, a regular Luncheon Club for villagers to attend in Old Bolingbroke. Forty people attended the first community lunch.
Pam, who has one son and three grandchildren, said: “I am truly proud and privileged to receive this honour. I only ever wanted to teach apart from a slight wobble when I was in Sixth Form.
“I always remember the Deputy Headteacher saying – Pamela you have always wanted to teach so get on and do it – so I did!
“I thoroughly enjoyed my teaching career. There is nothing better than seeing children develop through learning new skills; when they suddenly realise they can do something, it is quite magical.
“Working with people who are passionate about education is the main reason I continue to be involved through my role as a Governor.
“My own parents were very community minded so I am happy to follow their example. My son is also a Chair of Governors at a Primary School so maybe it’s in the blood!”
Trust Chief Executives make up almost a fifth of school-related honours in this year’s honours list. Nine Academy Trust bosses, seven school leaders, seven Governors, four teachers and one school Business Manager will be recognised.