Hampshire County Council honours education staff at annual Education Awards

Hampshire County Council has honoured hard-working and dedicated education staff from across the County at its annual Hampshire Education Awards, at the Great Hall, Winchester

Jun 28 2023

The awards honour specific teachers, support staff, volunteers and governors who have been nominated by their peers and colleagues, across 12 different categories. They are also intended to recognise the contributions of all staff members, governors and volunteers in schools and colleges.
 
This year’s awards included recognition for Nicole Pallett, Early Career Teacher at The Greenwood School who won the Flying Colours Award - for her dedication to ensuring the most vulnerable and disengaged students can achieve their potential, along with Luke Nicholson, site manager at The Key Education Centre, who won the Wider Support Contribution Award for creating and maintaining an environment which demonstrates to young people how much they are valued.

Councillor Steve Forster, the County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “Staff and colleagues across schools and colleges in Hampshire support pupils to achieve to their full potential, make great progress and grow into young people of whom we can feel proud. This often involves going above and beyond to help overcome challenges and meet complex needs.
 
“I am sure that everyone receiving an award this year will feel that they are doing so on behalf of a whole team of people, with each person just as important as each other to the educational experiences and life chances of our pupils.”
 
Also recognised was Brian Pope, who received a Special Recognition Award. Brian, who retired earlier this year from Hampshire County Council as Assistant Director of Education and Inclusion, was nominated for this award by school leaders due to the lasting, indelible, and positive impact he has had on education in the county. 
 
The full list of award recipients: 
 
Flying Colours Award - for teachers who have recently qualified (in their first to third year of teaching) and have made a significant contribution.
 
Award recipient: 
Nicole Pallett, The Greenwood School, Dibden, Hythe - Nicole joined the school (which is a pupil referral unit) as a Learning Support Assistant in 2009 progressing quickly to Higher Level Teaching Assistant and has now completed her degree and teacher training, all while working full-time. Now an Early Career Teacher she is described as an ‘outstanding and inspirational English and PSHE teacher. Her dedication to ensuring the most vulnerable and disengaged students can achieve their potential, is described as ‘incredible’. 
 
Laying the Foundations Award – for staff members working in nurseries and Year R classes, with a focus on how they have contributed to developing the characteristics of effective teaching and learning.
 
Award recipient: 
Sarah Warrington, Leesland C of E Infant School, Gosport
- Sarah is a Teaching Assistant within Early Years at the school. Described as hardworking and dedicated, she never misses an opportunity to support the children, enhance their learning or challenge their thinking. Sarah keeps up to date with good practice for early years.
 
Teaching Support Award – for classroom-based support staff who have had a particular impact on pupils.
 
Award recipient: 
Jenny Roebuck, Grayshott Primary School, Hindhead
- Jenny works as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Learning Support Assistant at the school providing 1:1 support for a child in Year 3. She is committed to her role and her pastoral support is described as ‘next level’ along with having a brilliant way of liaising with families and external agencies. Jenny has a welcoming and honest presence, so children feel safe and able to express themselves and talk about their worries. 
 
Futures Award – for staff who have had an impact on young people’s future career progression.
 
Award recipient: 
The Prospects Team, The Sixth Form College, Farnborough
- The Prospects Team of careers advisers provide a comprehensive careers guidance programme to students. From engaging with local employers to help them understand the benefits of offering work experience, to raising aspirations for STEM careers, they are aware that the working landscape has changed significantly since the pandemic.
 
Wider Support Contribution Award - for those undertaking roles outside of supporting in the classroom, with a focus on their impact on individual pupils or groups.
 
Award recipient: 
Luke Nicholson, The Key Education Centre, Gosport
- Luke is the Site Manager at The Key, a pupil referral unit. He demonstrates a passion and commitment for the outcomes of the young people. He has created, and maintains, an environment which shows young people they are valued. Often having to rectifying damage done to the site by young people, sometimes day after day, he allows the students to begin every day with a fresh start and helps them to see how the school values their learning environment. 
 
Education Leadership Award – for middle or senior leaders with responsibility for improving outcomes beyond the children and young people that they work with directly.
 
Award recipient: 
Martin Hoskin, Havant & South Downs College (HSDC)
- Martin is the Head of Teaching, Learning & Quality and he has had a significant impact on improving the experiences of students at the college. By motivating all teaching staff to devise and implement goals for their classroom practice, his leadership in this area has implemented a new way of collaborating, respecting, valuing, and trusting teaching staff. 
 
Governance Award – for individual governors, governor committees or working parties or management boards, with a particular focus on the contribution that governors have made to school improvement. 
 
Award recipient: 
Glynis Wright, Newtown C of E Primary School, Gosport
- Glynis has dedicated a remarkable 48 years to her local community and across the wider Hampshire area through her many roles. As the Chair of Governors at Newtown C of E Primary School she has worked to build and develop a cohesive team of governors, ensuring their skills, knowledge and experience are well used. She understands the collaborative nature of school improvement and works to ensure that everyone feels included while staying focused. 
 
Teaching and Learning Award - for staff in teaching and learning roles working in all areas of the curriculum, with a particular focus on their impact.
 
Award recipient: 
Amy Robins, Sparsholt College
- Amy is described as an outstanding teacher, coach and critical friend who has contributed her extensive knowledge and abilities to the development of teaching standards across the college. Amy was previously a student at the college until she joined the staff team in 2015 and has now become an excellent theoretical teacher in supporting all equine learners with their class-based activities. 
 
Apprentice Award – for staff members in Hampshire schools and colleges undertaking, or having completed, an apprenticeship.
 
Award recipient: 
Victoria Fleming, Henry Tyndale School, Farnborough
– from the outset of her apprenticeship, Victoria applied herself relentlessly to gain the knowledge and skills to improve her own performance and add value to the school. Initially holding the role of administrator, she was appointed as School Business Manager during her apprenticeship. Balancing her new role alongside the additional pressures of her apprenticeship she continued with determination, resilience and adaptability and is praised for her dedication and high level of commitment to the school to improve outcomes for pupils with significant additional needs.
 
Improving Life Chances Award - for any staff members in a school or college, making a significant difference to disadvantaged or vulnerable children.
 
Award recipient: 
Charlie Miller, Havant & South Downs College (HSDC)
- Charlie is Head of Student Progress and is described as an ‘incredibly passionate and committed leader’ who actively improves the life chances of young people daily. She is a trauma-informed leader and uses her skills to help teachers understand why some young people engage in problematic and disruptive behaviour. 
 
Community Impact Award – for members of school staff and/or volunteers who have contributed to the wellbeing, positive culture and engagement of the school’s stakeholders and key groups. 
 
Award recipient: 
School Team, St Peter’s C of E Junior School, Farnborough
- The school’s vision is ‘Life in all fullness’ for all members of the community. The team have created and sustained a strong connection between the children and older members of the local community which has had a profound impact on all. The school team are proud to be at the heart of the community and continue to create a full range of opportunities for the children to be of service to both the local and global community.
 
Outstanding Contribution to Education Award - for staff who have made a significant impact in the field of education.
 
Award recipient: 
Fern Bundy, St Michael’s C of E Junior School, Aldershot
- Fern is the Deputy Headteacher at St Michael’s C of E Junior School who works relentlessly to ensure all the children receive the best education possible. She has been instrumental in helping to improve the school. She is described as relentless and will not accept anything but the best for children at her school.
 
Special Recognition Award – Brian Pope
Brian retired earlier this year from his position as Assistant Director of Education and Inclusion. He held overall responsibility for improving educational outcomes for all students in a role spanning both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 
 
He led the teams of specialist advisers that offer high quality support and challenge deployed to all phases of education in the County and Island. Brian’s wealth of experience was gained from working in Hampshire’s primary and secondary schools for over 30 years – starting his career in teaching in 1987 in Portsmouth where he was a successful headteacher for seven years. 
 
He then worked in Hampshire’s School Improvement Team prior to taking on the role of Assistant Director, a role he held for the last eight years. Brian was nominated for this award by school leaders due to the lasting, indelible, positive impact he has had on education in the county that has led to improving the lives of children and helping with the retention of valued key leaders.