Award recipients were selected by fellow educators from nominations submitted by many of Hampshire’s 500-plus schools and colleges, well over 90 per cent of which are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – so again this year the bar was set very high.
Congratulating the award recipients and nominees, Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said:
“Hampshire County Council’s Education Awards are an opportunity to say a very special ‘thank you’ to every member of staff, governor, and volunteer, whether they have been singled out for an award or not. The work of each and every one of them is important, appreciated and valued by colleagues and the County Council.
“I regularly hear of the exceptional work of teachers, lecturers, leaders, classroom and non-classroom-based support staff and volunteers in Hampshire schools and within post-16 provision across the county. Staff, governors and volunteers in our schools and colleges go above and beyond to support pupils to achieve highly, make great progress and grow into young people of whom we can feel proud, whatever their abilities.”
The awards were co-hosted by Councillor Chadd and media personality Gyles Brandreth, with entertainment from musicians from Hampshire Music Service, which provides music tuition to schools.
Award recipients included recently qualified teacher Jessica Armstrong, from The Mark Way School in Andover, who has developed the school’s drama department and encouraged pupils to have the courage to stand up and perform in front of others; and Jonathan Prest, principal of Eastleigh’s Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, a teacher for 35 years who has passionately improved the learning environment with his research-based holistic approach to education.
The full list of award recipients is as follows:
Flying Colours Award for recently qualified teachers Award recipient: Jessica Armstrong, The Mark Way School, Andover
Jess has had a significant influence on improving outcomes for pupils at The Mark Way School. She is passionate about expressive arts and has developed the school’s drama department. She has encouraged pupils to become courageous and stand on a stage to perform in front of their peers, staff and the wider community. During lessons, Jess’ pupils show great communication skills and independence, reflecting the consistent effort and support they receive from their teacher.
Laying the Foundations Award for school staff who have focused on effective teaching and learning, and also forging excellent and innovative partnerships with families Award recipient: Early Years Foundation Stage Team at Four Marks Primary School, near Alton
The team’s drive and ambition has transformed the Foundation stage. Using evidence-based research to meet the needs of local children, they have created a learning environment that is clearly linked to their vision of creativity, independence and challenge for all children in Year R. With strong partnerships with parents, the team have fostered a sense of community, especially through the pandemic.
Teaching Support Award for classroom-based support staff Award recipient: Zena Chapman, The Hurst School in Baughurst
Zena has been a science technician at the school for 28 years. She has worked tirelessly to support every member of the Science Department and has given unwavering support and dedication to the school.
Futures Award for staff who impact young people’s future career progression Award recipient: Clare Mack, Crookhorn College, Waterlooville
Clare has arranged inspirational activities, work experience placements and enterprise projects and has developed employer links, working tirelessly to encourage all young people to choose the right path for them in order to achieve their full potential.
Wider Support Contribution Award for roles outside the classroom Award recipient: Wellbeing Team, Sparsholt College, Winchester
The team is focused on helping students succeed, stay on course and achieve their qualifications. The team has been pivotal to the inclusion and safeguarding of students, working alongside other agencies to ensure they are supported and kept safe.
Education Leadership Award for middle or senior leaders Award recipient: Jonathan Prest, principal of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
Jonathan has dedicated 35 years to education, developing students’ health and wellbeing, skills and interests and employability. His relentless focus on current educational thinking and research has driven professional development and quality improvement.
Governance Award, focusing on the contribution that governors have made to school improvement Award recipient: Chris Wilson, Sparsholt College, Winchester
Chris approaches his duties with the highest level of professional expertise and demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the achievements and safeguarding of learners. Chris has shown an exceptional commitment to advancing the futures of learners during his eight years of service at the college and is valued by governors and management alike.
Teaching and Learning Award, aimed at teachers’ impact on pupils and the practice of others Award recipient: Samantha Jones, Farnborough College of Technology
Samantha is a lecturer in Fashion and Textiles. She tailors her learning to specific areas of interest and organises a range of external events such as trips and exhibitions as well as visits to the college by industry experts and designers.
Apprentice Award for school staff undertaking an apprenticeship, with a focus on how they inspire others and the impact the apprenticeship has had on the school Joint award recipients: Zoe Duff, Manor Infant School, Farnborough and Tia Fisher, Icknield Special School, Andover
Zoe is the apprentice school business manager and has been committed to providing robust financial management around funding and resources to ensure this has the greatest possible impact on children’s learning and wellbeing.
Tia arrived at Icknield 18 months ago but has formed positive relationships with the children and her colleagues. She is praised for her responsiveness and care of the children, which have supported their communication needs and engagement in their learning.
Improving Life Chances Award for staff making a significant difference to disadvantaged or vulnerable children Award recipient: Jeff Bird, learning support assistant at Colden Common Primary School
During the lockdown period, Jeff delivered a physical activity lunchtime club and took the lead in ensuring the most vulnerable families were supported, delivering cooked meals every day to vulnerable families and children, and assisting with welfare visits to homes where the school had not been able to make contact.
Community Impact Award, aimed at members of staff or volunteers who have contributed to partnership working between the school and its wider community Award recipient: Sarah Holloway, Calthorpe Park School, Fleet
Sarah supports the school’s most vulnerable students and their families, to ensure those who find themselves on the margins of society are protected from harm and exploitation. Sarah is praised for her integrity and pursuing support for those who need it the most.
Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, focused on staff whose work has been transformative, or for a sustained performance over time Award recipient: Jacky Halton, headteacher at Crofton Hammond Infant School, Fareham
Jacky is a fantastic role model who puts the welfare of staff and pupils at the heart of her philosophy, prioritising initiatives to cater for the numerous demands placed upon the school community, which has a high proportion of military families.