A long-serving governor at a Northampton school has been recognised for her career in education with an award in the New Year’s Honours list.
Joan Martin, aged 77, from Hardingstone, who is a retired magistrate, a former headteacher and chairman of governors at Northampton School for Girls, has been awarded an MBE for services to education.
Mrs Martin has been a governor at Northampton School for Girls since 1999 and chairman since 2002, helping to take the school from a position of underachievement to a point where it has now been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors.
During her time as a governor, she has helped to engineer a programme of improvement and steered the school through major building work, with pupils now enjoying the new facilities.
Speaking about the award, she said: “It is a real shock.
“You just think of all the people you know who deserve to get awards and you never think you are one of them. It almost feels like it is a dream.”
Mrs Martin, who admitted she thinks about NSG ‘all the time’, also paid tribute to the staff, pupils and governors at the Spinney Hill Road school.
She said: “The students are lovely. I love being with young people.
“We have a really good board of governors there and the dedication of the staff is just amazing.”
Meanwhile, there were honours for a number of other people in the county.
The Order of the Bath was given to Stephen Rimmer, from Brackley, director general of the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office for services to Criminal Justice and Policing Reform.
A CBE was given to Dr Jane Elizabeth Doughty, of Cogenhoe, formerly director of design and development in the leadership division of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, for servies to education.
Andrew Basford, from Daventry, received an OBE for services to law enforcement for his role as principal officer in engineering development for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.
An MBE was awarded to Carrol Burden, from East Hunsbury, for services to customers and the economy for her role as a data sharing officer with the Valuation Office Agency.
And Martin Izzard, of Rushden, received the British Empire Medal for services to golf through the Northamptonshire County Golf Partnership.