Hampshire’s hard-working school and college staff honoured at Education Awards

Hampshire’s school and college teachers, support staff, governors and dedicated volunteers were celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by Hampshire County Council

Oct 13 2021

An image of the recipients of the Hampshire Education Awards 2021

The annual Hampshire Education Awards, now in its fourth year, were established by the County Council as a means of recognising and celebrating the contribution of staff and volunteers within Hampshire’s education system, and to say thank you for the real difference their work makes to the life opportunities of children and young people.

 Councillor Roz Chadd, the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said:

“To say the last 18 months has been challenging would be an understatement, but I am so proud of all our exceptionally hard-working teachers, support staff and volunteers who have really shown they are the best of the best. These awards are a chance to showcase some of the wonderful stories of dedication and talent across the county’s family of schools and colleges.

“Education staff have worked tirelessly and so many have gone above and beyond to keep Hampshire’s education settings going despite the very difficult challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. They have responded amazingly, taking on changes such as introducing COVID-safe measures in schools and colleges and adapting to remote learning, to ensure Hampshire’s children and young people could continue their education.

“I regularly hear and see the exceptional work of staff and volunteers who support pupils and students to achieve and grow into brilliant young people. This often involves doing everything they can to help them overcome challenges and meet complex needs, and our annual Education Awards are just a snippet of the many fantastic achievements that have taken place over the past year.”

The Award Recipients

There were 16 award recipients across 14 categories, as judged by school and college leaders. Nominations were invited from all phases of education including early years, primary, secondary, all-through and post-16 (sixth form and vocational colleges).

The award recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year were:

  • Laying the Foundations Award: Annie Rendall – Leesland Church of England Federation, Gosport
  • Apprentice Award: Karen Chilcott – The Hamble School
  • Futures Award: Kate Richardson – Greenwood School, Dibden Purlieu
  • Wider Support Contribution Award: David Groves – Brockenhurst Primary School
  • EdTech Excellence Award: Kate Broadribb – Wildern School, Hedge End
  • Improving Life Chances Award: Carl Stanton-  The Key Education Centre, Havant
  • Teaching Support Award: Michael Barnes-Forster – Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
  • Teaching Support Award: Karen Harvey – Bedenham Primary School, Gosport
  • Flying Colours Award: Adrian Lax – Sparsholt College
  • Governance Award: Sally Hibbert – Binsted Church of England Primary School, Alton
  • Outstanding Contribution to Education Award: John Britton – Sparsholt College
  • Education Leadership Award: Randall Jull – The Costello School, Basingstoke
  • Teaching and Learning Award: Paul Roberts – Andover College
  • Teaching and Learning Award: Jane Jocelyn – Chiltern Primary School, Basingstoke
  • Community Impact Award: Gosport School Pastors – Gosport & Fareham Multi School Academy Trust
  • Executive Member’s Special Recognition Award: Robin Gray, Chair of Hampshire Governors Association

This year’s ceremony was held at Ashburton Hall in Winchester; the first time the ceremony has been held in person for two years, after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in July.

Joining Councillor Chadd with a special address and also presenting the awards was Parish Priest, TV and radio presenter Reverend Richard Coles. Those attending were also entertained by the Hampshire Music Service and singing by Isla Croll.

Awards criteria and nomination information


This award which is aimed at all staff members focuses on how they have contributed to developing the characteristics of effective teaching and learning and also forging excellent and innovative partnerships with families.

Annie Rendall, Leesland Church of England Federation

“Annie has transformed Early Years provision, creating a wonderful, secure, and nurturing environment. She has led on online learning and trained a number of staff both in Early Years and in other key stages – essential due to the number of children moving into Year 1 who had not been in school since the start of lockdown.” 


This award is aimed at staff members who are undertaking or have completed an apprenticeship with a focus on how they inspire others and what impact the apprenticeship has had on the school or college. 

Karen Chilcott, The Hamble School 

“Karen embraced her apprenticeship opportunity with great enthusiasm, progressing through the course quickly and has started to make strategic links across all of the school’s business activity. Most significantly, she developed her own project which has supported the improvement in wellbeing and retention of staff at the school.”


This award is aimed at staff who have had an impact on young people's future career progression with a focus on how they have made a significant impact in careers information and guidance, provided inspirational activities, work experience or enterprise projects and/or developing employer links.

Kate Richardson, Greenwood School

“Kate works hands on with young people who are at risk or are already permanently excluded from their mainstream school, creating careers plans, sourcing appropriate post-16 opportunities, and her tireless support even extends to walking them through the college door if needed.”


This award is aimed at those undertaking roles outside of supporting in the classroom, with a focus on their impact on individual pupils or groups.

David Groves, Brockenhurst Primary School 

“In just over a year at the school, David impact has included repairs to bridges, new climbing walls, new playground equipment and a sensory garden, so the children and staff are now able to utilise their environment during all weathers, a significant benefit to both the school’s environment and culture.” 


This award is aimed at any staff member who has supported the college/school’s digital offer to pupils by contributing to its development, and supporting others to gain increased skills to address the challenges of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Kate Broadribb, Wildern School

“Geography teacher Kate has mastered and lead new technologies with a passion at the school. Since the pandemic Kate has supported many schools across Hampshire and Isle of Wight by implementing long term digital strategies, sharing her skills, training, and guidance as they adapted to remote learning.” 


This award is aimed at any staff members in a school or college, whether teachers or support staff, making a significant difference to disadvantaged or vulnerable children.

Carl Stanton - The Key Education Centre

“Working tirelessly, Carl has developed trusted relationships with his tutor group and their families through regular communication, and proactively ensures that staff are aware of any important information affecting them.  He models the role of the tutor, highlighting the value of investing time and energy into his tutees.”


This award is aimed at classroom-based support staff who have had a particular impact on pupils through the support they provide.

Michael Barnes-Forster, The Henry Cort Community College

“Can-do’ teaching assistant Michael has become the dyslexia champion of the school, supporting students and leading training for other teaching assistants. He set up a Humanities club for students and a progressive handwriting program for Year 7 & 8, allowing a small group of students to be supported across the curriculum.”

Karen Harvey, Bedenham Primary School

“In 26 years at the school, Karen, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, has always given up her own time to attend school residential trips and school visits, cooking the meals to reduce the costs for families. Colleagues describe how she is always the first to offer to help in times of need.” 


This award is aimed at teachers who have recently qualified (in their first to third year of teaching) and have made a significant contribution or development as a teacher.

Adrian Lax, Sparsholt College

“Adrian demonstrates excellent skills not only in livestock husbandry and estate management but in building relationships across the team which has ensured his students are involved in many projects across the college. This has led to enriching lessons for students with ‘real’ live day to day estate management issues.” 


This award is aimed at individual governors, governor committees or working parties or management boards, It focuses on the contribution that governors have made to school improvement along with the wider effectiveness of the governing body.

Sally Hibbert, Binsted CofE Primary School

“A Governor for over 20 years, and Chair for the past 15 of them, Sally has been involved and dedicated in shaping and planning the future of the school over a sustained period and challenging times. Sally nurtures governors to develop their skills through both individual and whole governor training.”


Aimed at staff members who have made a significant impact in the field of education, with a focus on contributions which have been transformative, turnaround or a sustained performance over time.

John Britton, Sparsholt College

“John celebrates 50 years of working at Sparsholt College. His nomination describes him as an extremely valued and important part of the college team who is held in high regard by the students and staff. Always thinking ahead, he is preparing for the next cohort and how he will guide them through their studies.”


An award aimed at middle or senior leaders, with responsibility for improving outcomes beyond the children and young people that they work with directly, such as leadership of curriculum or pastoral team, year group, support team, or whole school/college responsibility at middle or senior level.

Randall Jull, The Costello School

“An inspirational Headteacher who has created a culture of caring at the school. Randall works tirelessly to ensure the school does everything possible to engage and provide excellent teaching for all students, including securing IT equipment for the most vulnerable pupils, and set up the very successful Costello food bank.” 


This award is aimed at staff working in all areas of the curriculum in teaching and learning roles with a particular focus on their impact on pupils and the practice of others

Paul Roberts, Andover College

“Paul is a chemistry lecturer and is described as a shining example of a teacher who strives to improve the life chances of all young people, whom he enthuses about science and encourages to aim for the highest standards in their work. He also visits local primary schools in his own time to offer taster sessions to year 5 and 6.”

Jane Jocelyn, Chiltern Primary School

“Jane’s school serves a community that exhibits high social needs and children can often present with complex and multiple needs. She encourages her pupils to care for their world by teaching them to take pride in their environment planting on the banks, regenerating the pond area and making world class bug hotels!”


This award is aimed at members of school staff along with volunteers who have contributed to the wellbeing, positive culture and engagement with the school’s stakeholders and key groups, leading to effective partnership working between the school and its wider community.

Gosport School Pastors – Gosport & Fareham Multi School Academy Trust

“The Gosport School Pastors have provided fundamental support to the school community over a number of years. During the pandemic these volunteers did tremendous work to enable students to access learning, providing mentoring activities and facilitating and supporting the delivery of food hampers to the most deprived in the area.”


Robin Gray, Chair of Hampshire Governors Association

“Robin, who is Chair of Hampshire Governors Association has been an active governor both in individual schools and through leading and supporting county wide governance groups and other bodies. Robin has always responded to calls for help and support and given years of his time, from taking on an additional school governance board to supporting others at all levels.”