Bedford College Principal & Chief Executive, Ian Pryce, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to further education locally and nationally.

The college says that the award reflects the transformation of the college over the last twelve years from an institution of 5,000 students, 250 staff with pass rates in the bottom 10 per cent, to an Ofsted Outstanding Beacon College with 18,000 students, 750 staff and pass rates now in the top 5 per cent in the country.

Ian said; “I always tell anyone I meet I have the best job in Bedford.  This honour reflects the dedication and talent of all of our staff.  To get such a senior honour is very humbling.  It is a great privilege to be asked to advise Ministers and senior civil servants, and to be rewarded for just doing my job is a lovely surprise.”

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