Former deputy head is top of the class after earning MBE

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A WOMAN who served 10 years as deputy headteacher of Radcliffe School is to be honoured with an MBE for services to education.

Stella Canwell lived in the city for 19 years before moving to her current home in Bridlington.

She said the decision of whether or not to accept the honour was easy.

A delighted Stella said: “I very much enjoyed my time in Milton Keynes.

“It’s such a gratifying feeling to be honoured for something that I have always loved doing.

“It was a complete surprise and shock but not a very hard decision to make to accept it. I am grateful though to those who put me forward.”

One thing that made the award extra special was that Stella’s husband knew that before he died last year.

She said: “The first thing I thought about when I received the nomination was my husband.

“I wanted him to know about it and when I found out that the people who had put me forward had consulted with him over it I was delighted.”

Stella is now looking forward to her big day in March when she will receive her MBE. Her sons Matthew, Adam and James and their respective partners will accompany her to the special ceremony at Buckingham Palace.