In this year’s Pearson National Teaching Awards a number of our amazing team received commendations.
Congratulations to Mrs Luscombe for receiving a certificate of excellence in the category ‘Secondary School Teacher of the Year’. Since arriving in the third year of our school’s life, Mrs Luscombe has made History one of the most popular KS4 options. No one walks into her classroom without becoming engaged in the lesson. She is extremely popular with pupils and teachers alike and has had a tremendous impact on pupils’ enjoyment of reading since taking up the responsibility of Literacy Lead.
Ms Gruszka received a certificate of excellence in the category ‘Teaching Assistant of the Year’. Ms Gruszka’s dedication to pupils’ wellbeing goes above and beyond what educators usually give and her work with our EAL (English as an additional language) pupils is second-to-none. In praise of Ms Gruszka one teacher remarked that, “she makes miracles happen and she changes pupils’ lives forever.”
Miss Alexa was highly commended in the category ‘Excellence in Special Needs Education’. Miss Alexa is kind and caring and puts the pupils at the centre of everything she does. She has developed the Grow and Thrive team to offer our pupils a range of interventions including EAL, SALT, Literacy, Numeracy and Emotional Wellbeing to help pupils reach their potential. Miss Alexa is a cherished core member of our Saracens family.
As a school we also received a certificate of excellence in the category ‘Secondary School Making a Difference.’ What a privilege, for pupils and staff, to belong to this school.