Proud moment for Kathleen as she receives her MBE

Kathleen Robinson collecting her MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Kathleen Robinson collecting her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

A former Amble woman has spoken of her delight and pride at receiving her MBE for services to education.

Kathleen Robinson was presented with the accolade by Prince William at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

“It was a great honour; one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Kathleen, who lived in Amble until she was 18 and was educated at Alnwick’s Sisters of Mercy Convent.

After leaving north Northumberland, Kathleen forged a career in London, where she lives now.

Her first job was at Notre Dame High School at Elephant and Castle.

She taught textiles at the school before becoming deputy head.

Kathleen then moved to St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College, Clapham South.

She was head of faculty at the site and later took on the role of vice-principal.

Kathleen then became a governor at Bishop Thomas Grant School, in Lambeth, and went on to become chairman of governors – a role she has held for six years.

Kathleen admits she has enjoyed her career in education. “It has been varied and I have been very fortunate,” she said.

“I have enjoyed seeing children develop and mature and I have enjoyed giving them the opportunity to go on to higher education.”

Kathleen, who was head girl at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in 1961 and regularly returns to north Northumberland, couldn’t quite believe it when she found out that she had been awarded an MBE.

She told the Gazette: “I didn’t think it was right.

“But I read the letter again the next day. It was very unexpected.

“There are others who are more deserving. Some people do some wonderful things and they don’t aways get the recognition.”