A NEW Forest school has made a touching tribute to its chair of governors who has served it for more than 40 years.

The Arnewood School in New Milton has renamed its newly refurbished school block the Elizabeth Cook building.

Elizabeth has served the school as a governor since 1974 and has been its chair of governors since 1978.

At the unveiling of a special plaque, head teacher Nigel Pressnell, said: "Elizabeth has offered over 40 years of service to our school, acting with unstinting dedication to promote and support local families and their children’s education.

"She has acted with selfless commitment leading the school's governors and most recently trust directors. She is both a highly respected ambassador for the town and its young people and a constant guardian of this school.

"We are delighted to recognise this amazing and selfless service by renaming our refurbished building after a remarkable woman."

Elizabeth, who was also previously awarded a 'woman of our time' award for her community work, said: "I never dreamt the school would name the building after me, I was completely taken aback and humbled."