Grandad governor awarded MBE for work at special school

One of the less-publicised recipients named in the recent honours list is a hard-working volunteer governor and fund-raiser at South Croydon’s St Giles School.

Ken Morcombe, right, celebrates his MBE with St Giles staff and pupil

Grandad Ken Morcombe has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Morcombe has overseen huge changes at St Giles over the last 15 years with the intake of children with profound learning difficulties, the appointment of two head teachers and building works to remodel the school to meet the changing, more complex needs of the children.

In an announcement issued by the school, they said, “Through all this, Ken has supported and challenged the school to ensure that the provision has continued to be excellent and that their very complex children make good and outstanding progress.”

St Giles was named Croydon Special School of the Year in November 2016.

“Ken has gone above and beyond ordinary governor and volunteer work at St Giles,” the school said.

“He is a tireless campaigner for our children and for children with very special needs in Croydon. As a school we are delighted that he has received this well-deserved honour.”

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