A FORMER York head teacher has been presented with an accolade by the Queen.

Sheila Audsley, who retired as head teacher of Clifton Green Primary School last summer, was named a CBE in the New Year honours for services to local and national education.

Mrs Audsley went to Buckingham Palace earlier this month and was one of 92 honours handed out by the Queen that day.

Mrs Audsley worked as a teacher in York for 37 years, the last 20 as a head.

In 2001, she led the merger of Kingsway Junior School with Shipton Street Infants School when it was also renamed Clifton Green Primary School.

In 2009, the school was awarded an “outstanding”

judgement by Ofsted and in 2010 received another “outstanding” from Ofsted for an English subject inspection.

Mrs Audsley said: “I am very happy and contented in my retirement with my husband, Bob, who also retired as a head teacher from Amotherby Primary School, near Malton.

“We both made very positive contributions in our work to ensure the children received the very best education and it was very rewarding to see children develop to their full potential.”