A headteacher who has dedicated her professional life to helping children and young people with special educational needs has received royal recognition for her work.
Shirley Crosbie, head at the Chiltern Area Special School, which is based over two sites in Dunstable and Houghton Regis, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Mrs Crosbie, who lives in Caddington and has worked in Bedfordshire for 23 years, has been in charge at Glenwood School and now the Chiltern School for the past 14 years.
She said: “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to those awarding these honours and to those who nominated me. I feel immensely proud and humble to be honoured for doing a job I love and enjoy.
“I feel privileged to work in the field of special education. Any achievements and successes have only been made with the support of three groups of people – the pupils and young people I have taught and worked with, their parents and families and finally staff, governors and other partners.
“I hope that by receiving my OBE others are encouraged knowing that we have an honours system that appreciates and celebrates the work that we do.”
Councillor Amanda Dodwell, deputy executive member for children’s services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate Shirley on her wonderful achievement . It is one she truly deserves.
“Her dedication to children, young people and their families during her career is amazing and the support and care she has provided has made a huge difference to the lives of so many of them.”