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Awards for academy staff who are top of the class

Alex Walker, of The Brunts Academy, who won the chief executive officer's award.
Alex Walker, of The Brunts Academy, who won the chief executive officer's award.

Outstanding contributions by staff at schools and academies in the Mansfield area run by The Evolve Trust were recognised at a glittering ceremony.

Black ties and evening attire were the order of the day at an awards presentation, celebratory dinner and drinks reception, held at the Forever Green restaurant and conference centre at Ransom Wood Business Park in Rainworth.

Katie Pepper, of The Bramble Academy, who won the inclusivity award.

Katie Pepper, of The Bramble Academy, who won the inclusivity award.

The event was hosted by Claire-Marie Cuthbert, the chief executive officer of The Evolve Trust, as well as the head teachers of three schools involved. These were Adrian O’Malley, of The Beech Academy in Mansfield, Carl Atkin, of The Brunts Academy in Mansfield, and Simon Sharp, of The Bramble Academy, a primary school in Mansfield Woodhouse.

For the main awards, all three heads were asked to nominate teaching and non-teaching staff whose day-to-day work reflected the five key values of the trust, namely ambition, integrity, inclusivity, endeavour and resilience. The winners were:

Ambition award, Lee Prestwood, of Beech; Integrity award, Emma Emery, of Brunts; Inclusivity award, Katie Pepper, of Bramble; Endeavour award, Beverley Cooper, of Beech; and Resilience award, Heidi Warrington, of Beech.

Ms Cuthbert said: “This annual event celebrates the outstanding contribution that staff have made in helping the trust succeed with its vision.

Lee Prestwood, of The Beech Academy, who won the ambition award.

Lee Prestwood, of The Beech Academy, who won the ambition award.

“That vision is to open minds and create opportunities for children and young people to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.

“As a trust, we truly believe that our staff are the greatest asset, and the awards evening is one of many ways we like to recognise the hard work staff do during the year.”

Ms Cuthbert also presented her own award, which went to Alex Walker, of Brunts. A special recognition award was handed to Rob Butler, of Beech, who leaves at the end of this term after 20 years of dedicated service.