Alloa Academy’s Liz Thomson has been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the year of her Platinum Jubilee.
Liz, who is a Depute Headteacher at Alloa, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to education in Scotland
Liz has worked at Alloa Academy since 2008, becoming a Guidance Teacher, and then working as a Depute Head on improving attainment and destinations for the young people who attend the school.
She said: “I’m overwhelmed and humbled to receive this prestigious award. I absolutely love working with the young people, families and staff at Alloa Academy, and I love working in Clackmannanshire.”
Education spokesperson Councillor Graham Lindsay offered his congratulations to Liz and added: “We are all absolutely delighted that her tremendous work has been recognised.
“Liz has worked tirelessly to ensure that every young person leaving Alloa Academy has the support they needed to get in to either employment, college, university. She didn't leave any stone unturned, working through her summer holidays to take them to interviews, giving them confidence and support to be the best they possibly could be, with aspiration and ambition.
“Connecting with the young people and their families has been her passion and commitment. As a result, the school's destination figures have gone from being one of the lowest in Scotland, to the very highest. This is not about statistics, it is about young people's futures and Liz has made it her mission to give them that extra chance and securing a better future for many.”