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West Wickham woman honoured in Queen's birthday list

PUBLISHED: 11:58 18 June 2012

Jean Marsden

Jean Marsden

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A West Wickham woman could not decide which of her four children she would tell first when she found out about her inclusion in the Queen's birthday honours.

Jean Marsden, of Sherwood Way, will become a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for her services to education.

She is the admissions and reception manager at John Ruskin College in Croydon.

She said: “I received a letter saying I might be honoured about six weeks ago but I had to keep quiet and only told my husband. I’m very grateful for the award.

“I think I’ve been nominated for going the extra mile with teenagers. They get a bad reputation sometimes but there’s a lot of good ones out who want to learn and better themselves.”

Mrs Marsden has worked at John Ruskin for 25 years having originally started on a part-time basis to complement her role as a full-time mother.

The 59-year-old has been instrumental in getting school leavers back into education and raising cultural awareness to help the integration of a large number of foreign students.

Mrs Marsden said: “I couldn’t decide which of my children, who are all grown up, to tell first when I found out for sure on Saturday but they’re all over the moon. Thankfully my parents are both still alive so they can enjoy this with me.

“I’ve worked with so many nice children over the years and this award is a credit for them as well.”

John Ruskin is a sixth form college which offers a range of vocational courses in business, finance, technology and sports science among other disciplines.

Mrs Marsden will be given her BEM in a ceremony sometime in the next few months as well as being invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace with her husband next year.

Do you know any other people honoured in Bromley? Please contact our news desk on 020 8477 3858.

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