A TEACHER has an appointment with the Queen after winning a top accolade.
Alison Brown will meet Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace after landing the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
It comes as recognition for her work in encouraging entrepreneurial flair among the students at Catcote Specialist Business and Enterprise College, in Hartlepool.
Alison said: “I am so proud and privileged to have won this award.
“This is the highest accolade imaginable and has been made possible due to the whole team of staff, students, parents and business partners who are all working together to enable our students reach their full potential.”
Alison is director of specialism at the college which caters for students aged 11 to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities.
It became a business and enterprise college in 2007.
Headteacher Alan Chapman said: “We have embraced enterprise within our school which has had a great impact on the learning of all our students and the teaching of the staff. In nominating Alison for the award, I was in no doubt that she met all the selection criteria. Myself and governors are very proud of this amazing achievement which is so thoroughly deserved.”
Catcote encourages enterprise initiatives which include a team programme, a 10 commandments system that helps to spread the business word and three weeks in every year dedicated to enterprise.
Alison said: “My aim is to give all my students the confidence and skills to take an active part in and feel that they can contribute to society.
“I feel this award is for all of us as our schools mission statement is ‘working together achieving success’.”
Alison has been a teacher at Catcote for 14 years working with young people with special needs. Before that she worked in mainstream schools in Middlesbrough.
She has been responsible for completing the process of re-designating the school as a business and enterprise specialist college, and will head for her royal appointment in the summer.
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