EDUCATION AWARDS: Dedicated Brian in line for award

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HIS outstanding dedication to special needs pupils has seen the head teacher of a city school nominated for an Evening Telegraph Education Award.

HIS outstanding dedication to special needs pupils has seen the head teacher of a city school nominated for an Evening Telegraph Education Award.Brian Rudgley of St George's School, will retire this year after 28 years at the school for pupils with severe learning difficulties.

As a tribute to his hard work and dedication over almost three decades parents have nominated Mr Rudgley for the 2003 Education Awards.

Parent Darren Peake said: "He is quite simply a fantastic head- teacher who takes a personal interest in each of his pupils and he is a friend to all parents."

Mr Peake's son, Elliot (9), has been attending the school since he was two-and-a-half years old.

Mr Peake added: "Mr Rudgley's dedication to the school over the years has been immense hence the total respect he has from teachers, staff, pupils and parents."

Mr Rudgley said he felt "very honoured" to be nominated for the award and paid tribute to all those involved with the school.

He said: "I have a super team of staff and it has been a privilege to work with them. The efforts and co-operation of everyone involved, including the parents, has been wonderful."

St George's School currently has 37 pupils between the ages of two and 19, and a staff of 50 full and part-time teachers and assistants.

Mr Rudgley added: "Of course it's sad to be leaving, the school has been such a big part of my life, but I'm sure the staff and pupils will continue to be successful."

Ceremony at city's Key Theatre

THE Evening Telegraph Education Awards will take place on Wednesday July 9 at the city's Key Theatre.

There are nine different awards, which will recognise outstanding achievements made by teachers and pupils.

Categories include special needs, sport, art, design and technology and an environmental award.

To enter fill out a nomination form which is published in The Evening Telegraph on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or enter online - just click here

The closing date for nominations is Saturday.

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