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Retired Sheringham teacher made an MBE

22:30 13 June 2014

Ruth Diver, has been made an MBE for her services to education. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ruth Diver, has been made an MBE for her services to education. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A retired teacher who dedicated 39 years to supporting children and teenagers with learning disabilities is “amazed and chuffed” after being made an MBE.

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Ruth Diver, 61, from Beeston Road, Sheringham, taught youngsters aged three to 19 at Sheringham Woodfields complex-needs school since the centre was built nearly 12 years ago until her retirement last summer.

Before that she taught at the former Edinburgh Road School Junior Training Centre in Holt, which was demolished to make way for Woodfields school.

She started at the specialist complex-needs school in 1974 as a 21 year old fresh out of Manchester University.

Miss Diver said: “I found it a challenge and really enjoyed it.

“My love was teaching and being with the youngsters. I used to love doing residential and special trips.”

She added it was a wrench to leave Woodfields school and she missed the company of students and banter with staff.

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