The very best of the area’s teachers, students and educational support staff have been honoured in the annual Chad Best in Schools awards.
The awards recognise those working in local primary and secondary schools who go that extra mile to overcome adversity or help youngsters be the very best that they can be.
Held at Redbrick House, the presentation night saw honours handed out in 12 different categories.
Chad editor Phil Bramley, who hosted the events night, said: “There are some amazing people doing truly remarkable work in our local schools.
“It was humbling to hear their stories and a pleasure to be able to recognise the brilliant teachers, staff and students who are working so hard across our area.”
Awards were presented in the following categories:
Schools Business Manager - sponsored by main sponsor the Schools Advisory Service
Sarah Newbold-Hill, of Brunts Academy, who was described as an exemplary business manager and company secretary, every audit result being of one of the highest standards achievable. She is constantly striving to negotiate and seek out better contracts to ensure additional funding for students whilst also assisting other local schools with requests to experience the best practice that she has established within both HR and Finance and often comes to the aid of schools in difficulty.
Lunchtime Assistant/Cook - sponsored by Teachers UK
Winner Sheila Kennel, from St Joseph’s RC Primary School was nominated by a governor who said “ Her school meals are legendary, served with care and enthusiasm”, She regularly supports events by providing refreshments and involving parents and the parish by inviting them in to eat a school dinner with the children. At the last such event, our winner switched the menus around to a roast dinner which would appeal to our older guests and unfortunately this upset one autistic pupil ( you will know that routine can be vitally important to children with Autism). So that the child wouldn’t miss his roast dinner on the ‘correct’ day, he was made his own plateful on the right day!
Caretaker of the Year Award - sponsored by Skoda
Winner Steve Clowes of Garibaldi College who was nominated by a student who praised his dedication, kindness, his work as a first aider and helping with school ski-ing trips.
A special recognition award also went to Mark Petitt, who looks after Hetts Lane Primary s and also Meden School
Most Improved Student Award -sponsored by Garibaldi College
This award went to Dawid Chrusael of Brunts, an English as Additional Language student who has blossomed with his studies and who, after a difficult start, now leads activities during tutor time and supports other EAL pupils often translating and explaining tutor notices, school procedures etc.
The Best Secretary/Admin Assistant award sponsored by Mansfield Specsavers
This award went to Julie Palmer who was described as someone who goes above and beyond her role to ensure that the students and staff of the school have their needs met. One of the first members of staff on the school site and one of the last to leave, she is an absolute pleasure to work with and the school would not be able to function as well without her.
The Sports Team of the Year - Sponsored by Mansfield Manor
This was won by The Year 11 Garibaldi College football team who were described as ‘excellent role models for the future generations at their school’.
As well consistently doing well in local tournaments over the last five years, they have all also represented the school in athletics or cross country and have not let academic standards drop.
They were honoured for their hard work and dedication as all round human beings and sports people.
The Best Sports Player of the Year Award - sponsored by Acorn Signs
There were joint winners of this award: Trey Foster and Stephanie Saunders
Trey has developed into a quality young rugby player who is a leader on the pitch and to the younger years. A key player for the school, he also now plays for Mansfield Rugby Club and is currently on the Leicester Tigers Developing Player Programme.
Stephanie is an exceptional all round sports person. Since year 7 she has excelled in both games and athletics. She attend all extra-curricular clubs provided at school and will try her hand at any sport thrown in her direction. She has represented The Brunts Academy at Basketball, trampoline, netball, handball, rounders, tag rugby and athletics.
Volunteer of the Year - sponsored by Schools Advisory Service
This award went to the Primary PTA Network five primary school PTA’s (Abbey, Asquith, Berry Hill, Oak Tree, Wynndale) who come together termly, to consider a range of different ideas – best stalls to run; organising or promoting events; different ways of fundraising, like grant applications.
Their hard work has brought several successes and working together has secured funding and helped share great ideas.
The Best Breakfast/After School Club - sponsored by Specsavers
Thiw was won by Chris Hall and the Basketball Club were nominated by a selection of pupils who said “He deserves the award because he has never failed to help someone and cheer them up. He spends his time on a Friday doing basketball club and every month takes us out to basketball games and tournaments. He makes it fun and he is awesome. I also can trust him with anything and I speak to him whenever I have a problem. He is a brilliant person as well as a teacher!!”
A special recognition award also went to Karen Hollingworth and Brunts Breakfast Club which has led to improved attendance and better parental engagement.
Teaching Assistant of the Year - sponsored by Teachers UK
Our winner was Mrs Radford for her work with Berry Hill Primary pupil Ryan Palmer, who has autism.
Ryan’s parents said “She has a great relationship with Ryan, she is fantastic and we are so lucky Ryan has her. Trying to put it into words of how great she is very difficult if you could spend a morning you would realise what a outstanding person she really is. She has been there from day one,helping Ryan overcome some of the hardest thing. Ryan is becoming a very nice young boy who has blossomed at his time at Berry Hill, it would be nice for us to help highlight how much teacher assistants do and say a massive thank.”
Teacher of the Year Award - sponsored by Brunts Academy
Out of 22 nominated teachers, this award was won by Kim Dellar. She was nominated by pupil Travis Turner, after she supported him with after the diagnosis and the eventual loss of his mum to cancer.
Travis said “ I know I will never be able to pay her back for the kindness and sincerity she has shown but I wanted to be able to show how much I and my family have appreciated everything she has done for us and I am proud to nominate her for this award.
A special recognition award also went to Tiffany Gorski from Manor Academy, who was described by pupils as: “not just a teacher but a friend to all other students. She truly is an inspiration.”
Head Teacher of the Year Award - sponsored by The Mint Indian Restaurant.
This award was won by Mapplewell Primary School’s Claire Varley.
Continually leading by example she inspires all by her dedication, enthusiasm and consummate professionalism. No consideration is too small, no task beneath her, whether mopping toilets, cleaning out fridges, washing lost property or tracking pupil progress. She is described as a head teacher that unremittingly provides a fantastic role model for pupils and who motivates everyone she connects with to be the very best they can be, it is rewarding that by the end of their time at Mapplewells, pupils have wholeheartedly embodied this positive attitude for themselves and their future.
She now supports not one but two schools within the local authority and many others that have asked for her guidance, to enable them to deliver an academic experience that provides every child with an outstanding, unforgettable and positive experience whatever school they attend.