A GOVERNOR from a Wirral high school has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jane Owens has lead the governing body at Weatherhead High School for more than 11 years.

The honour is in recognition for her work with Weatherhead and the wider community.

Her work extends beyond that of Weatherhead, chairing the Governing Bodies of two other Wirral primary schools and is chairman of Wirral Governors’ Forum and supports the Wirral Local Authority School Improvement Programme.

Headteacher Neil Dyment has praised Jane’s work, she said: “Mrs Owens is tireless in her work for the school, attending school events and encouraging students and staff in their work and running a highly successful, innovative and structured Governing Body.

“Her work as chair of governors has been recognised on a national level and she is designated a National Leader of Governance.”

“Our journey to ‘Outstanding’ and the move towards Academy Status and Teaching School Status have all been handled extremely well by Mrs Owens and the governing body.”

Neil added: “Mrs Owens has a passion to ensure that all students have the best opportunity to flourish and succeed.

“She also takes a leading role on the Governing Body ensuring that the provision and success for our Looked after Children, is given the necessary priority to ensure they have the best possible support and help to realise their potential.”

“She has given her time unstintingly to Weatherhead and as Headteacher, I feel Mrs Owens is a most worthy recipient of such a prestigious award, she gives her time on a voluntary basis not only to schools, but to other charitable endeavours within the local community and beyond and is a person who really cares.”

“The whole school community are delighted that the work of Mrs Jane Owens, Chair of Governors for Weatherhead High School, has been recognised with the award of a MBE.”