A headteacher has been awarded an OBE for services to education by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Cherry Edwards, who has been headteacher at Bourne Abbey CE Primary Academy for 10 years, visited the palace on October 9, for her investiture.
She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education.
Describing the day as “special”, Mrs Edwards said: “ It was one of those moments of a lifetime for myself, my husband and our two wonderful daughters and a time that we will remember always.
“It is really quite exciting to be able to go through those gates at Buckingham Palace.
“The buzz in the room when they announced that it was indeed The Queen was incredible.”
Mrs Edwards said the pupils at school had been thrilled to hear about the day.
She added: “Pupils, colleagues, parents and governors back at school have been thrilled to share in this honour and to hear of the excitement of the day itself.”
Mrs Edwards paid tribute, saying the honour was a “reflection of the outstanding skills and commitment” of everyone she has worked with over the past 32 years.
She said: “Looking back on my long career in education it is clear that this is absolutely not about me alone.
“It remains so wonderful to have the best job in the world, and of course the children are, as always, the real stars.”