Published in the official newspaper of the Crown, the Gazette, the Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements and services of people all over the UK. We are delighted that this year, newly retired Housemistress and Music teacher, Julie Kent has been listed amongst those honoured.

After 30 years at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Julie started the Julie Kent Foundation Award and set herself a target to leave a legacy and raise money for a transformational bursary to support a child through the school. Also the Vice-Chairman of the Pied Piper Appeal, Julie was named as one of the 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire, Top 100 Women in the West and recently gained the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West, Julie says ‘‘I am really honoured to have been recognised in this way and hope that I will be able to direct the attention to the local charities that I am involved with and to the Julie Kent Foundation Award, which will give a child the opportunity to have a caring, encouraging and transformational education as a boarder at Dean Close School. I have spent my last 30 years there, 20 of them as a Housemistress. I hope this will encourage all my girls to aim high and to give time to others. Always.’

Emma Taylor, Warden of the Dean Close Foundation says ‘Everyone at Dean Close is thrilled to hear of the recognition given to Julie Kent in the award of an MBE. Julie has set a phenomenal example to the hundreds of pupils she has taught and cared for, with her tireless fundraising work and selfless commitment to community action projects. As she leaves the school after 30 years of service to us, Julie Kent MBE will no doubt continue her great work with her customary energy and charisma. We are so proud of her.’