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Teachers to be honoured in Queen’s new year list

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

  • 28/12/12 New Year's Honours pic - 19, Sandtop Close, Blackfordby Picture of John Bostock, retired teacher who is receiving British Empire Medal New Year's honours - John Bostock BEM

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TWO long-serving teachers have been named in the New Year’s Honours list for their services to music and higher education.

Coral Gould, 75, of Newton Road, Winshill, will receive an MBE from the Queen for her lifelong work as a music and singing teacher.

Meanwhile John Bostock, 69, of Sandtop Close, Blackfordby, will be awarded the British Empire Medal for his 38-year career as a biology lecturer with the Open University.

Mrs Gould, former head of music at Hillside School, now Paulet High School, said: “I cried when I opened the letter telling me I was going to get an MBE. I just feel I have done my job to the best of my ability.”

Mrs Gould, who now offers private singing tuition from her home, also taught at Repton School and Abbots Bromley School for Girls after graduating from the Birmingham College of Education. She was nominated for the MBE by the Association of Teachers of Singing, which she used to chair. Mrs Gould was also part of the campaign to have the Brewhouse arts centre built in Union Street. She later served as chairman of Burton and District Arts Council.

She said: “I’m a Burton girl born and bred and I’m delighted to have been nominated.”

Meanwhile Mr Bostock, retired head of biology at the former Ashby Grammar School, now known as Ashby School, said: “The nomination came as a complete surprise. I have no idea yet who put my name forward.”

Mr Bostock worked for the Open University alongside his day job at Ashby Grammar School for 38 years, teaching biology courses from the University of Nottingham.

He said: “I worked with the Open University for 38 years and there are many, many others who I would have thought would have been deserving of a medal, but obviously some one has singled me out and I’m really grateful for that.”

Mrs Gould will collect her medal during a Buckingham Palace ceremony next year, while Mr Bostock will receive his from the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire in Leicester.

Mike Cunningham, chief constable of Staffordshire Police, will receive the Queen’s Police Medal.

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