A Frensham head master and pioneer in the education of children with special needs has been honoured by the Queen.

Barry Huggett, headteacher of More House School, has received the OBE for services to education.

Mr Huggett took over the independent school for boys 21 years ago, since when it has grown from a student body of 70 to a national centre of excellence for special needs teaching, comprising more than 450 pupils.

During his time in charge he has contributed extensively to the national understanding of how to teach children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, mild learning difficulties, and those with autism spectrum disorder, chairing the special needs committee of the Independent Schools Council and advising government on education policy.

Mr Huggett was at a wedding in France at the time of the announcement, but his staff at More House School were delighted he had been recognised.

Mark Place, the director of music, said: "He's a fantastic leader of the school and he's done wonders here.

"He has completely changed the landscape for this sort of teaching.

"He is absolutely determined that boys with learning difficulties can thrive to play a full part in society with the right support."

More House School, which includes about 100 borders, teaches children from all over the country and is the largest of its kind in the UK.

Sarah Secker, Mr Huggett's personal assistant, said that despite the head master being "such a modest man" he would be delighted at the honour.

"He feels very much that this success is the school's success and that it's been a big team effort."

Before taking over More House School, Mr Huggett was head master of Barfield School in nearby Runfold.