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Helen Fowler BEM in New Years Honours List 2016

Mrs Helen Fowler has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queens New Years Honours List 2016 for services to Children and Reading.


Amersham resident, Mrs Helen Fowler, a Volunteer Reading Assistant at St George’s CE Infant School and Woodside Junior School, has been awarded Medal of the Order of the British Empire for services to Children and Reading in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.  


Helen Fowler, 91 has volunteered at St George’s Infant School for twenty years, tirelessly committing herself to supporting the education of local children. Head Teacher Toby Long told us “Mrs Fowler is a wonderful example to us all; children, staff and community alike. We estimate that she has impacted well over 1,000 children during the many years she has volunteered in two local Amersham schools (St George’s CE Infant School and Woodside Junior School) and her long standing relationship with the local Girl Guides Association.”


“Helen has always had a great respect for the teaching profession and has a passion for learning, particularly reading, which is inspirational to the children. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the children thrive on her input.  Even at the age of ninety-one, short bouts of ill health have not prevented Mrs Fowler from coming into school and working with the children. Although the school has a number of volunteers from the local community, Helen Fowler is notable for her long standing relationship with the school and her absolute commitment to improving literacy amongst young children.”


“The entire school is delighted that Mrs Fowler’s dedication to the education of children at St George’s and the wider community has been acknowledged with a Medal of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours List.  I am thrilled that Mrs Fowler has been selected and her service to our community is inspirational. Mrs Fowler has had a profound impact on the children at our school over several decades. I send hearty congratulations and thanks to Helen for her dedication over so many years”.


Mrs Fowler listens to children read in a one-to-one situation, giving them time to discuss what they are reading, praising their progress and supporting their individual needs.


Mr Long added “her love of learning is a shining example from which the children have benefitted wonderfully over the years. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for children to spend time with an older adult to whom they are not related as this helps to develop the children’s communication skills with people of different ages”.


“Pupils’ achievement at St George’s has significantly improved, rising above the national average for the last four years; Mrs Fowler’s dedication to her voluntary role has helped to ensure that children in her local community have had the best possible start to their literacy and education.”


Head Teacher, Toby Long said “we look forward to celebrating this great recognition with Mrs Fowler and the children will be delighted to see photos from the investiture ceremony later this year. Helen enriches the lives of both children and adults around her and is like a surrogate grandmother to the school. We are overjoyed by this award for a much deserved recipient”.