These are the Mansfield teachers who have gone above and beyond for children during lockdown – according to parents

These are some of the amazing stories of just how brilliant Mansfield teachers and schools have been during a global pandemic – as told by the parents of the pupils they have helped.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 4:03 pm

We asked our readers to share their experiences from the last year, which has been an unprecedented time for education.

These are the teachers who parents say have gone above and beyond for their little ones, and the schools who haven’t let any children get lost in lockdown.

Gemma Marshall nominated Mapplewells Primary School.

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She said: “All the staff at Mapplewells Primary School have been amazing, with a special mention to the F2 unit which my son attends.

“They have done everything and more whilst school has moved remotely.”

Samantha Parker nominated Mr Leonard at High Oakham Primary School.

She said: “He goes above and beyond day in day out, nothing is ever to much.

“The little pocket hearts sent to all the children during half term was such an amazing touch.

“Proud to be part of the High Oakham ‘family.’ “

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Susan Buckley nominated Carrie Martin, a teacher at Morvan Park.

She said: “She’s also been volunteering all the way through lockdown helping people and still carrying on teaching at the school and giving every spare minute she has to everyone else barring herself.”

Jenny Bradder nominated Berry Hill School.

She said: “They have been outstanding during this awful time.

"In particular Miss senior and Mrs Price year one and Mr Bell, Mr Wright of year five.

"They have been so supportive to the children but also to us parents who have struggled through this too.”

Laura Camm nominated Mrs Savage at Holly Primary School.

She said: “She has shown so much support not only to her children but also us parents and has been so understanding of each child's individual circumstances and needs.

"An absolute credit to the school.”

Nikki Tonks nominated staff at St Bede CVA.

She said: “Mr Annia and Mrs Phillips at St Philip Neri with St Bede CVA Mansfield.

"All staff have worked hard but my sons teacher has given continued engaging and challenging lessons, emotional support as well as fun and understanding.

“He has the patience of a saint with a quick wit to foster great relationships with the children.

“Mrs Phillips is the SENDCO and even though she's returned from maternity leave to this madness, she hasn't missed a beat.

“She checks in with my son and me regularly and provides great support for his mental health and special needs. Nothing is too much trouble. She has genuinely been a shining light for my sons wellbeing.”

Natalie Louise Revill nominated Mrs Gascoine at Priestic Primary School.

She said: “She never ever fails to help my son when he's struggling.

“She holds on untill the end to make sure all children have finished and know what there doing giving them get support.”

Emma Rose Paling nominated Heatherley Primary School.

She said: “I can’t thank the staff at Heatherley Primary School enough, especially Miss Achillea and Mrs Morgan.

"My daughter started school in September and they have gone above and beyond to make sure her first experiences of school haven’t been tainted.

"Thanks to them she loves learning, is enjoying her activities set for home learning and is excited to go back to school when it’s safe to do so.”

Craig and Katie Wright nominated Mr Stone from St Andrew’s C of E Primary.

They said: “He goes above and beyond, not just in both lockdowns, but every single day to do the very best for all the children in his care.

"My son says he’s ‘the best teacher ever and he’s just great!’”

Hay Bon nominated Asquith Primary School.

They said: “All staff at Asquith Primary School, Mansfield for everything they have put in to place during the pandemic, not only for the children but their parents too.“Everyone has worked so, so hard to do the very best they could under the unprecedented circumstances.”

Kirsty Leanne Dickson nominated Ms Cupit Tuxford Primary Academy.

She said: “She has been amazing with the live lessons for her year three pupils and even doing extra one on one or a small group of children who really struggle with work and helps them she also makes the lessons fun and let's the children interact and do jokes or quizzes too she really has been a shining.”

Michelle Webster nominated Farmilo Primary school and Nursery.

She said: “All the teachers and Head Suzanne Tryner.

“Always go above and beyond but during these times have taken care of our children and cared for them ensuring they have been supported.

"They have offered help to all families and those struggling.

"They really are an extension of the families which they look after.”

Stacy Shaw nominated staff at Meden School.

She said: “Mr Salway, Mr Bird and Mr Bailey at Meden School.

"These teachers have been an enormous support to my son, they inspire him and motivate him to want to learn, they see his potential and constantly strive to help him get to where he needs to be.

"They look beyond the learning disability and support him in every way possible to learn and achieve.

"An absolute credit to their school and to their profession.”

Debra Hardy nominated Croft Primary School.

She said: “A truly amazing, caring school with staff that go above and beyond to support all their children in every way possible.”

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