Brilliant pupils, top teachers and unsung heroes were recognised in this year’s Peterborough Telegraph Education Awards.
The awards took place at Peterborough Regional College on Thursday night last week with some truly remarkable teachers, staff and pupils receiving awards for their work.
The Best Pupil Aged 11-16 category, sponsored by New College Stamford, was won jointly by two winners.
The first was Rebecca Smith a student at Willoughby School, Bourne. Rebecca is an outstanding pupil, always working to the very best of her ability. Staff describe teaching Rebecca as a ‘joy’. Over a two year period Rebecca attended Bourne Academy to study BTEC Level 1 Art and Design, which she passed with flying colours. Along with her considerable academic achievements, Rebecca has represented the school at sport and is an active member of Nene Valley Harriers.
Rebecca has undertaken work experience at Cummins in Peterborough and Stamford, working in the canteen and on reception. Anita Fountain from Cummins said: “Rebecca was one of our first work experience pupils from the Willoughby School, working as a customer facing employee on our reception in Stamford as well as our global headquarters in Peterborough.”
The second winner was Danyial Iqbal who attends the City of Peterborough School. His nominator said: “Daniyal has recently started secondary school and is already well settled and working hard, impressing all staff with his capable and mature attitude.
“Dan has a sister with a disability and has always had to take a responsible attitude to his younger sister’s care needs.
“Dan has shown he is truly making the most of opportunities at his secondary school.”
The Best Support Staff category, sponsored by the Peterborough Telegraph, was won by Neil Leggett, site manager of Dogsthorpe Infant School. He was described as “amazing”, “absolutely brilliant” and “a godsend” by nominators. Since April 2014 Neil single-handedly painted all the classrooms, corridors and shared areas. He has built mud kitchens, stages and benches.
Other finalists were Billie Adams at Stanground Academy who has worked within the school for a number of years in a number of different student facing roles, Marianne Coulson a supply and cover officer at Heltwate Special School in Bretton and Rachel Reid a teaching assistant at Willoughby Special School, Bourne.
The Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Mana Education and Resourcing, was won by Sara Waldock who began her first year as a qualified teacher and taught a class of Year One children in 2014 at Nene Valley Primary School and her energy and rapport with the children is truly amazing. We have had many nominations for Sara from the parents and children at the school.
One parent said: “The natural ability, passion, compassion and relentless energy of this lady is a rarity.”
Other finalists in this category were Amanda Brooks from Willoughby School , described as a truly outstanding teacher, Sarah Beasley and Darren Almond, both young newly qualified teachers who work tirelessly for their pupils at Heltwate Special School, Andrea Brace from Jack Hunt School, Mrs Louise Blake a reception teacher at Newborough Primary Schooland Darrel Fox a teacher at Heltwate School and another teacher from Heltwate, Emily Adcock.
The Best Support for Pupils with Special Needs category, sponsored by Vivacity and the Key Theatre, was won by the Willoughby School Portage team which provides an outreach service to young people with special needs and their families. The team visit pre-school children, working with them to attain a variety of communication, learning, play and self-help goals.
The runners-up were Mrs Hicks and Mrs Jackson at Bishop Creighton Academy. Their nominator said “both of these special support staff support my daughter throughout her school day, every day, to look after and maintain her care needs. She has a condition called Icthyosis and needs staff to be constantly vigilant and observant in carrying out her care regime.
TheDesign and Technology award, sponsored by Chroma Sport SchoolWear and Trophies, was won by a pupil at Marshfields School, Amber Wright.
Amber has a Statement of Educational Needs for Learning and also has to deal with health issues including epilepsy. Her nominator said: “Despite all of this she has faced her challenges and succeeded, especially in the area of Food Technology in which she has gained a GCSE. She has independently found herself work experience at Jimmy Spices where she works one day a week with the view of it becoming paid employment. She also volunteers at the Cancer Research shop in Peterborough. I am so proud of her for never giving up.”
The Best School or Pupil Contribution to the Community category, sponsored by the BGL Group, was won by Wittering Family Centre.
The centre’s team provide a point of contact and congregation for a large portion of the local community. The Project is supported and attached to the local village school and promotes and animates a warm, friendly, supportive and professional approach to its users, who either come from a military background or local residents.
The award for the Most Improved Student, which was sponsored by Stamford Endowed Schools, was won by Bartosz Sajdak a Key Stage 4 pupil at Heltwate school. His nominator said: “Over the last two years I have seen him develop into the confident, reliable, trustworthy young man he is today. He has learned English (having come from Poland) and speaks it well considering his speech and language difficulties and has becoming much more confident in speaking to people. He has been nominated as Head Boy and considering everything he has tried to overcome he is perfect for this award.”
The award for the Best Pupil Aged 4-10, sponsored by Luminus Group, went to Abdul Waahid Sarwar - a pupil at Heltwate school who joined the school two years ago having moved from a mainstream school.
His nominator said: “From day one whilst sad to leave his sister he was so eager to learn and so aware of how hard work would make a difference in his academic ability. He would always ask for an adult to work with him during ‘choosing/ free time’ so that he could work on his targets for maths and English. During whole class teaching time he was the most amazing role model to the other children.”
Runner-up was Zara Iqbal, a pupil at Bishop Creighton school who suffers from a rare and life-limiting condition called icthyosis which is a dry skin condition of which there are mainly two types. Her nominator said: “Due to her condition, she has an intensive care routine which interrupts her school day, but she is always positive, smiling and works hard to keep up in class and with her peers.”
The Environment Award, sponsored by Amey, was won by the Green Team at Gladstone Primary School who have worked hard to set up allotments on the school’s new site at Bourges Boulevard. They cleared weeds, dug over the ground and did it all with a smile on their faces.
Runners-up were the Family Gardening Group at Phoenix School and Hampton Hargate Eco Warriors.
The Sporting Achievement award, sponsored by Stanair, was won by Tierney Augustine a 16 year-old prolific goalscorer for City of Peterborough Ladies Hockey 1st XI.
Runners-up were 16-year-oldsTom Nash a young rowing star who attends Jack Hunt School, Jake Peppercorn who has won gold for England in the ISKA World Championships kickboxing, Megan Ellison from Stamford Girls School who is a top middle distance runner on the track and a superb cross-country runner and William Hughes, an outstanding sprinter who attends Spalding Grammar School and belongs to the Nene Valley Harriers club.
The Head Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by Athene Communications, was won by Phil Pike, headteacher at the Phoenix School.
The PT received dozens of nominations for Mr Pike, one nominator said: “He is an amazing man who truly deserves this award.
“He goes above and beyond in his role as head teacher. For me, it was for someone who took the time to make sure as a parent that I knew that my child was happy and supported in school.
“When my daughter sadly passed away, he not only read a beautiful speech at her funeral, he also gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge of living with a disabled child.”
Other finalists in this close-fought category were Mrs Redhead of Bishop Creighton School, and Corrine Jones of Kirkstone House Independent School.