A Reigate school governor has received an MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Barbara Beauchamp was presented with the medal by the Prince last Friday.

She was awarded theMBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this year, for her services to education and the community.

Mrs Beauchamp was chairman of governors at Wray Common Primary School, Reigate, for 20 years, and is now vice chairman.

She said: "This is a great honour for me personally, but it is also recognition for the tireless and outstanding work of my colleagues at Wray Common School.

"It has been an enormous pleasure working for many years with the staff, children and parents to help and encourage young people to reach their full potential."

She added: "Our OFSTED inspection earlier this month has confirmed that the school is serving the community well and is a good school."

Barbara was accompanied at the ceremony by her three children, Mark, Emily and James, all of whom were pupils at Wray Common School.

Well-known faces at the ceremony included Joan Bakewell, who became a Dame for services to journalism and the Arts, Nicholas Skellett, leader of Surrey County Council who received the CBE for services to local government in Surrey, and Russell T Davies, made an OBE for services to drama as producer of Dr Who.