A headteacher at a special school has been awarded an OBE for services to education.
Julie Mudd – who has worked at Ivel Valley School and the former Sunnyside School in Biggleswade all her working life – was named in the New Year’s Honours List 2013.
Julie, who lives in Potton, will attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace where she will meet the Queen, Prince Phillip or Princess Anne.
One of the three Royals will present Julie with her award. The 57-year-old – who started as a teacher at Sunnyside School back in 1976 – found out about the honour five weeks ago but was sworn to secrecy.
She said: “I had a letter from the Cabinet Office telling me about the OBE but they said it was in the strictest confidence so I had to keep quiet until it was all announced officially!
“I don’t know who nominated me but it was a lovely surprise – I’m very proud.”
Julie moved to Chronicle Country from north London shortly after starting her first teaching job at Sunnyside and she has lived in the area ever since.
She went on to become headteacher at the school and then head at Ivel Valley after Sunnyside and fellow special school Hitchmead were merged in 2010. Working with youngsters with learning difficulties has been a long-term ambition of Julie’s.
She added: “I have wanted to teach children with special needs since I was quite young myself.”