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Principal named in Queen's Honours praises her staff

Farnborough College of Technology principal Christine Slaymaker is appointed a CBE for services to further education

Christine Slaymaker (third from left) at Farnborough College of Technology's matriculation ce​remony in 2012

A principal of a Farnborough college has said her Queen's Birthday honour should be shared with her fantastic team of staff.

Christine Slaymaker, who has been at Farnborough College of Technology for 13 years, has been appointed a CBE for services to further education.

Mrs Slaymaker, who lives in Liphook in east Hampshire, said: "It is just amazing and obviously a huge surprise.

"When I read the letter, I started to think that nobody would even be looking at me for the honour if it wasn't for the work that my staff do."

She said, in November 2011, an Ofsted inspection gave them an outstanding rating across the board, which was down to the work of her staff.

"In many ways I feel it should be for them and all that they have done," Mrs Slaymaker said. "I am lucky enough to be the one who has the privilege of working here.

"I have got a job that I love, I get up every morning and never think that I don't want to go to work. I am so lucky to have the job I have.

"I am mindful that if we didn't have the results we have had, no one would give me a second glance and I cannot do all the work on the ground, that is the teachers, lecturers and all the people who support them.

"It is a huge exercise in team work and I'm lucky enough to have the most fantastic team."

She said that she had no idea who would have nominated her, but that the honour has made her stop and think about all the favours, support and help that people have given her over the years.

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