A HAYES head teacher is awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Pauline Byles, 67, associate head of Dr Triplett’s C of E Primary School in Hemmen Lane, receives her honour for services to education and the community.

She has been in teaching for more than 46 years, most recently as Special Educational Needs CO and Acting Head at Dr Triplett’s C of E.

She widened her knowledge and experience in SEN by studying for a Certificate in Educational Testing by the British Psychological Society. 

This transformed the school’s educational provision by allowing her to identify children’s needs quickly and to intervene where necessary.

Her citation says: “She consistently goes above and beyond her day job, organising free tuition after school for able learners, to enhance their learning, and running motivational sessions for pupils in the school holidays.” 

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She even opened the school during the holidays so a child could maintain the progress made during term time. 

Mrs Byles, of Coldharbour Lane, is seen as a “source of expertise” in a network of schools who come to her for advice.

Dr Triplett’s has seen increasing numbers of children with SEN apply for places after hearing about her remarkable work. 

She runs the school choir, promotes links with other schools and faith groups and demonstrates her passion for the community in everything she does.

Mrs Byles volunteered to be treasurer of St Mary's Church and transformed the old paper-based accounts to a new online system.