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Alison Paul awarded OBE

Brunel Special Education Needs Multi Academy Trust (Brunel SEN MAT) is delighted to announce that the Head Teacher of Brimble Hill School has been awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Education.

Alison has worked at Brimble Hill School for over three decades and has led the school for the past twelve years. Brimble Hill School is one of the Brunel SEN MAT’s SEND primary schools for children and young people aged 4-11 who have severe, profound & multiple learning difficulties.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Education in 1986, Alison moved to Swindon to take up a post as a class teacher at Brimble Hill School.   During her time at the school, Alison has been a class teacher, Department Leader and Assistant Head Teacher, before becoming Head Teacher in 2008.

Everyone at the Brunel SEN MAT sends their congratulations to Alison.

Speaking about her OBE, Alison said
“I am overwhelmed that my time working at Brimble Hill School has been recognised.  This award is not for me it is for all the staff and children I have had the honour to work with over the years.  I have learned so much from our students, their tenacity and resilience is amazing.I have a fabulous staff team and support from the Trust and our Governors.

Having been given opportunities at Brimble Hill School to progress my career, I feel offering similar opportunities to the staff wherever possible is key to developing a good school.”


Jackie Smith, CEO of Brunel SEN MAT said

“It is fantastic to have the commitment and dedication that Alison has shown over the last 34 years recognised. Alison has dedicated her working life to supporting the children and their families of Brimble Hill School. Many generations of children in Swindon have had better lives because of Alison. Both myself and the Brunel SEN MAT thank Alison wholeheartedly”

Patron of Brunel SEN MAT, William Wyldbore Smith

“I jumped for joy when I saw Alison’s name in the Honours List on Saturday: OBE for an exceptional leader in SEN education.  The honour recognises the impact she has had for so many years in leading Brimble Hill SEN Primary School and in extending the provision of SEN developmental education in mainstream education, giving freely of her wisdom and knowledge to as wide a professional audience as she could. 

It also says thank you on behalf of the community of parents and carers who in their time of great need found her unstinting support.  We are so fortunate to have Alison as a Head Teacher in our trust sharing all her experience with our dedicated leaders as well.  I cannot think of an honour more richly deserved”