Cowbit man receives MBE for services to education as governor at Spalding High School
‘Every child matters’, says a school governor who has received an award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list issued ahead of the Jubilee weekend.
Eric Fragale (60) has been named a Member of the British Empire for his services to education after serving as a governor at Spalding High School for 17 years.
Mr Fragale is well-known for owning the Domenic’s Fish and Chip shop in Spalding’s Little London and raising money for a leukaemia charity.
He learned of his nomination for the honour a month ago after receiving a letter from the Cabinet Office.
Mr Fragale, who is the joint vice-chairman of the governing body, said: “I am over the moon but I am just a cog in the wheel of the High School.
“The school has a good team and great kids. In my eyes, Spalding High School is one of the finest schools regionally and nationally.
“Michel Anderson (the headmistress) is a good woman and so is the senior team.
“This came out of the blue. I am very grateful but I am trying to play it down.
“There are a lot of people there with more experience than me.”
He was inspired to become a school governor in 2005 after his daughter Domenique (now 28) joined the High School.
Mr Fragale, of Cowbit, said: “I saw a lot of people leaving the governing body and I asked why they were going and they would say that their daughter was leaving school. It made me ask if that was the only reason why you would do it.
“The school motto is that every child matters and it doesn’t matter if that is your child or the child down the road.
“That stuck with me and another set of kids are coming through and they do matter, and that is why I have stuck with it.”
Mr Fragale is hoping to encourage more people to become a governor.
He said: “It is a very fulfilling job.”
Mr Fragale, who does not know who nominated him for the honour, is waiting to find out when he will go down to London with wife Joell.
He added: “Joell is more excited than I am.”
Head teacher of Spalding High School Michele Anderson said Mr Fragale is a "committed and proactive" governor.
She said: "We are very happy that Eric has been honoured in the Jubilee Honours list.
"Eric has been a committed and proactive governor at Spalding High for many years. He works tirelessly in support of the students and staff and in wider community projects that benefit many.
"Eric is our designated safeguarding link governor and champions the school's commitment to anti-bullying, including the work of our Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
"Everyone at Spalding High congratulates Eric on this recognition of his achievements."