A Salford headteacher and education leader has been awarded an OBE for her services to education.
Amanda Nicholson is Chief Executive Officer of the King Academy Trust in Salford which includes Oakwood Academy for children and young people with moderate and/or complex learning difficulties and disabilities.
Amanda 49, from Warrington said she was motivated to train as a teacher for children with disabilities after her own experience as a teenager. Due to cataracts, she became blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other until new lens implants restored her sight. In her 27-year career she has supported vulnerable children across Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
As a headteacher she has led her schools through successive outstanding Ofsted inspections, and the focus of her work has been to support young people who face difficulties and overcome them, raising aspiration and showing them they can succeed.
“I was incredibly proud to receive the OBE in the Queen’s 2022 new year’s honours list and to attend Buckingham Palace to receive it from Princess Anne earlier this month,” said Amanda.
Councillor Jim Cammell, lead member for children’s and young people’s services for Salford City Council said: “Amanda’s life-long dedication to ensuring children and young people achieve their full potential has been recognised and rewarded with this honour.”