Angela's gift from the Queen
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2011
A HEADTEACHER who lives in Weston has been awarded an OBE for her hard work and dedication to education.
Angela Burridge, of Brentry Primary School in Bristol, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The mother-of-two started her teaching career in special schools, working with children with complex needs.
She moved into mainstream education as one of the original members of staff at Castle Batch Primary School in Worle, where she led the development of the special needs unit.
Following a position as deputy head and then headteacher in Bristol, she moved on to her current school where she has been headteacher for seven years.
Angela has had two education books published and has also been involved in leading training for teachers in the South Wales, including in North Somerset and Bristol.
She is an executive member of the Bristol Primary Heads Association and sits on the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board as the primary school representative.
Angela is also involved in training headteachers as part of their National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and is a mentor for newly-appointed headteachers in Bristol.
She said: “I received a letter telling me about the award six weeks ago.
“At first I thought it was a wind-up, but after phoning the Cabinet office to see if it had received my reply of acceptance, I realised it was all real.
“I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it until it was officially announced. My husband knew but I was bursting to tell other people.
“I am lucky to get this award for a job I love and feel passionate about.”
Angela will be invited to Buckingham Palace over the next six months to accept her OBE.