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A 'WONDERFUL' Sutton Coldfield teacher of more than 40 years has spoken of her delight at receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sue Bailey, described as the 'beating heart' of The Arthur Terry School, and its assistant headteacher and PE teacher, received award for her service to vulnerable young people and families in the West Midlands.

Sue is now in her fifth decade at the 'outstanding' academy and works as the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership's (ATLP) safeguarding lead.

Many families have benefitted from Sue's role as strategic lead for the Sutton Coldfield Children's Centres and her work with young people at Four Oaks Youth.

She has also been involved with Sutton Coldfield Municipal charities for 20 years and works with other charity and voluntary organisations to improve the lives of others.

Sue, who has met the Duke of Edinburgh several times, is 'overjoyed' that her work has now been recognised by the Queen.

She said: "I'm truly delighted and humbled by this honour. It means so much to me to be able to support young people and their families - this is the most rewarding vocation in the world.

"But this is a team effort and I have been fortunate to have been surrounded by the very best people over the years, who make such a difference to the lives of so many." As a teacher of 42 years, Sue has dedicated her longstanding career to the educational, social and emotional welfare of children.

Outside of the classroom she is involved in a number of extra-curricular activities that enrich the lives of students. Sue is a gold Duke of Edinburgh Award holder and the recipient of a long service award from the organisation. Last year, she was invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate The Arthur Terry School's 20-year involvement with the Outward Bound Trust.

As part of her school and Outward Bound Trust work, she has led a number of trips to South Africa.

Sue's priority is the safety and protection of young people. She works across ATLP schools, other schools and organisations and Birmingham City Council, to ensure that Prevent and safeguarding training is delivered across the region.

She said: "It's our duty to care for young people and safeguarding is everybody's responsibility. There's more to do and this is what drives us to achieve more, because children will always remain at the heart of our work."

Neil Warner, executive headteacher of Arthur Terry School and ATLP school improvement lead (secondary), said: "We are all thrilled and incredibly proud that Sue Bailey has been recognised at this level.

Sue is the beating heart of Arthur Terry. She enjoys planning and delivering lessons 40 plus years since joining us, and has helped to transform so many lives.

"We praise her outstanding contribution to safeguarding, child protection, internet safety and the Prevent agenda and her tireless work to ensure our young people are well cared for. We are privileged to have such a wonderful teacher."

Sue is the heart of She has to many " Last year, Sue received a Royal Sutton Coldfield Community Award for her services to the community and is a respected and popular leader in the town.

Neil a Richard Gill, CEO of the ATLP, said: "Sue has impacted so positively on the lives of so many. She has given tirelessly for the benefit of others. There is no one more deserving to be recognised in such a way.

"Sue is typically embarrassed and quick to deflect to others around her who have supported her. But every team needs a leader. Sue is more than this; she is an inspiration. I am so proud to be able to call her a colleague and a friend."

Born in Sutton Coldfield, Sue was raised in the Falcon Lodge area of the town and attended Fairfax School. After completing her training, Sue joined Arthur Terry School in 1976 as a PE teacher. It was here that she met her husband, fellow PE teacher Colin Bailey, who retired from the school last year. The pair have two children and one grandchild and remain a respected and popular part of the wider community.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell said: "Sue's award is richly deserved. She's one of our greatest assets in the Royal Town and has worked ceaselessly for the benefit of local people throughout the 18 years I have known her."

Sue is the beating heart of Arthur Terry. She has helped to transform so many lives. Neil Warner
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Date:Jun 18, 2018
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