A proud principal picked up her honour after being awarded an OBE from the Princess Royal. The official ceremony to award Stroud College principal Dr Beri Hare with an OBE took place at Buckingham Palace.
The award, which was presented by Princess Anne, recognises Dr Hare’s services to further education.

Dr Hare said: “It was a wonderful day and it was my privilege to represent our staff in accepting the honour. I hope the award will bring more recognition to everyone who works at Stroud College, for the difference they make every day to creating better life and learning opportunities for our students.”

Dr Hare became principal of Stroud College in 2006, having moved there from Bolton Community College in Lancashire where she was vice principal. A passionate believer in the role of education for changing young people’s lives, Dr Hare has steered Stroud College to a position of strength, with the college judged recently by Ofsted to be good with outstanding features.

Stroud College’s Chair of Governors, Mike Farmer said: “Beri’s award is richly deserved not only for all that she has achieved at Stroud College, but also for her achievements at her former colleges, as a member of the inspectorate, and for her time as a freelance consultant to colleges across the country.”

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