Tuesday 18 November 2015, a date that will long remain in Lauren Connor’s memory as an extraordinary and somewhat surreal day when Prince William, Duke of Cambridge presented her with the OBE at a glamorous ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.
Recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her work in turning around Moredon, Rodbourne Cheney and Nyland Primary Schools in Swindon, Lauren continues to focus on school improvement in all the schools in the White Horse Federation, and more widely now on a national stage. Recently she was asked by the Minister for Education Nicky Morgan MP to chair the committee that will assess the impact of data management in response to Workload Challenge.
Lauren commented: “The day was so spectacular and so overwhelming and so full of grandeur that is is really difficult to put into words. The household staff at the Palace were beyond helpful. The ceremony was breathtaking. Prince William gave his undivided attention to each and every recipient; he presented 80 awards that day.”
Lauren added she was humbled to have recieve the award commenting that she felt it recognized not only her contribution and dedication to education but, also the dedication of friends and colleagues who were a huge part of this journey too.
Lauren has also been working with Dame Reena Keeble and Arts Council England to rewrite and re-launch Arts mark, a nationally valued accreditation for excellence in the arts and cultural offer in schools. Alongside this Lauren has trained a group of ‘critical friends’ who will go into schools and support them on their Arts Mark journey.
Pictured top,Lauren in the Buckingham Palace courtyard after receiving the OBE. Below, Lauren with her medal