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Teacher Terry’s pride over royal accolade

A LONG-standing teacher received a nod from the Queen in this month’s Birthday Honours List.

A LONG-standing teacher received a nod from the Queen in this month’s Birthday Honours List.

Terry Clarke, who has taught at Langley School for 36 years, said he was overwhelmed to receive an MBE.

He started at the school when it first opened in 1974, and is the only one left from the original teaching staff.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here a great deal, I still do, we have fantastic staff and pupils at Langley,” he said

“While I’m proud to receive this award, I’m also immensely proud to be a member of the teaching profession at this school.

“I’ve had support from so many people and this award isn’t about the achievements of one person.”

Originally from Lincoln, Terry moved to the Midlands over 40 years ago and trained at St Peter’s College in Saltley.

He started at Langley as a PE teacher, before moving into the arts and become an assistant headteacher ten-years-ago.

“I’m still very much involved in the sport and work with the Solihull District Football team,” said the 62-year-old.

“But I also became passionate about the arts and it’s great to see the children realising their potential - a couple of pupils here have gone on to the West End.”

Terry, who also lives in Solihull, has received the MBE for “services to education”.

He thinks it was probably awarded for his work in setting up the Langley Arts Award - which became a national scheme.

It was started at the Kineton Green Road school ten-years ago, but the Government got hold of the idea and it was rolled out across the country.

The father-of-two is looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace - and collecting the honour - later this year.

 

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