2018 Winners announced!
The best of Cornwall’s educators celebrated.
From Penzance to Saltash - teaching and learning professionals working in Cornwall’s schools and colleges were given the recognition they deserved at the glittering Cornwall Teacher Awards 2018 ceremony (Friday 4 May).
Held once again at Truro Cathedral, winners, nominees and guests were treated to an evening of celebration for those who have dedicated their outstanding work to positively impact Cornwall’s children and young people.
Trevor Lee, MD at Trevor Lee Media hosted the event. The keynote speaker was Lisa Mannall, Regional Schools Commissioner for the Southwest
This year, there were 16 awards up for grabs, including ‘Outstanding Headteacher,’ ‘Outstanding School’ and ‘Outstanding Student Well-being Initiative.’
The judges said: “Our Lifetime Achievement winner has honed her skills so that they can intervene in a seemingly catastrophic pupil or staff crisis and calmly make the impossible possible.
“Always setting aside office work and giving time to anyone in need even if it means working into the small hours to complete workload.
“This is the final year of a career selflessly dedicated to giving fulfilment to those others struggle to help and Helen deserves recognition for a life's work.”
Judges were impressed by Mike’s, ‘inspirational, caring and inclusive leadership. Mike is clearly a determined and committed leader who consistently aspires for the best for each member of his school community.’
Some of Kimberly’s pupils say that she is a ‘real life princess' and others say she is great friend. Even the quietest child quickly shares their news with Mrs Hawkings often surprising their own parents.
Judges said: “Rachel was nominated for her many years of devoted and tireless service to Chacewater School, for the impact she has had on the growth and development of the school and the difference she has made to the lives of many children during that time.”
“Jacqui was nominated for her many years of devoted and tireless service to Pool Academy, for the impact she has had on the growth and development of the school and the difference she has made to the lives of many children during that time.”
Judges said: “This submission is a remarkable description of how a teacher can change a young person’s future.”
The nomination read: ‘He may feel he is simply doing his job, fulfilling a role, but when someone has been able to offer me the time, assistance, encouragement and confidence to achieve beyond my greatest expectations they at least deserve an acknowledgement. I cannot be more grateful.’
Judges said: “Great to see a Receptionist recognised in this way. So often it's the little things that can be missed, and first impressions are so important. Sammie has clearly played a pivotal role in ensuring a new college operates effectively from day one.”
Judges reiterated one of the nominations for Jo: "All children need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them - that person is Miss Wills.”
Judges said: “Rebecca has a 100 per cent employment record for students who finish her course and now employers even call Rebecca to ask for her students. The statistic obviously speaks for itself, but Rebecca was also nominated for having an admiral dedication and a passion for teaching.”
Judges said: “This submission stood out as the presentation of a whole school moving forward together, with no one getting left behind. The school is presented as being collaborative, supportive and ambitious – ambitious for its students and its community.”
Employer Engagement Initiative of the Year award was sponsored by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Enterprise Advisor Programme, the winner was Stephen Maunder form Cornwall College
Judges said: “Steve has developed the Training Academy and created successful working partnerships with many top employers. Now this initiative is gaining momentum and other companies are fighting to get on board and develop this exciting working link.”
Judges said: “This school has taken a whole school approach to supporting students’ wellbeing from the Governing Body who oversee and measure the outcomes and the impact of the initiatives through regular surveys, to those delivering the initiatives on the ground with the young people.
“The initiatives are for both mental and physical wellbeing from healthy eating – free salad bar, to sports & fitness, to mindfulness, counselling and early family support.”
Judges said: “Tamsin brings art to life for the children. She encourages them to try new techniques such as weaving, puppet making, story sticks, model house building whilst honing tried and tested skills.
“She believes that art always has a purpose, such as engaging in local history, or learning about Greek mythology. She has a way of breaking down the children's art lessons so that all can and do achieve.”
Judges said: “Ryan provides an increasing number of opportunities to his students. By giving up his lunchtime to help students, he shows that teaching is more than just an occupation to him – the students also clearly recognise this.
“Ryan goes above what is asked of him to ensure the success of his students.”
Judges said: “Andrew has combined a busy role as a Maths teacher with a full calendar of STEM activities. Teaching maths is one of the most highly pressurised subjects area in a school. Most maths and English teachers will focus solely on their subject area and ensuring that the school hits national performance targets.
“To be a maths teacher, take on a full calendar of STEM activities and inspire young people about careers in STEM is highly commended.”
Nikki Baron from EMPRA PR and Marketing said: “Once again Truro Cathedral was filled with such worthy winners – it was a fabulous and emotional evening.
“We hoped that this year’s event would be even bigger and better than last year’s, and it was – The Cathedral was packed, and I am delighted!
It’s one of those properly heart-warming events… when think back and reflect on your experience your heart gives a little flutter.”
Visit the 2018 gallery to see more pictures from the event.