School and college staff honored at education awards

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The dedicated teachers, support staff, governors and volunteers of HAMPSHIRE’s schools and colleges were celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by Hampshire County Council.

The Hampshire Education Awards, now in its fourth year, were created by County Council to recognize and celebrate the contribution of staff and volunteers within the Hampshire education system, and to say thank you for the real difference their work done to the life opportunities of children and young people.

There were 16 award recipients in 14 categories, according to the judgments of school and college leaders. Applications were solicited from all phases of education including early grades, primary, secondary, all grades and post-16, sixth grade, and vocational colleges.

The award recipients for the 2020-2021 school year included: Governance Award, Sally Hibbert, Binsted Church of England Primary School, Alton; Educational Leadership Award, Randall Jull, The Costello School, Basingstoke, Teaching and Learning Award, Jane Jocelyn Chiltern Primary School, Basingstoke.

Local MP Maria Miller congratulated teachers at schools and colleges in Basingstoke, as well as support staff, governors and volunteers who were celebrated at the education awards ceremony.

Maria said: “I want to pay tribute to the contribution of local schools during an incredibly difficult year, and especially extend my warm congratulations to Chiltern Elementary School in Basingstoke and Costello School, which have been recognized by the Hampshire Education Awards. I am delighted that the incredible work they have done over the past year has been recognized and celebrated in this way. Those working in education have worked incredibly hard to keep schools and colleges open during the pandemic – by implementing measures like Covid Secure Settings and Distance Learning – and they deserve our sincere thanks for their dedication to ensuring that the children and youth of Basingstoke continue to receive a great education.

Councilor Roz Chadd, Senior Executive Member of the County Council for Children’s Services, said: “To say the last 18 months have been tough would be an understatement, but I’m so proud of all of our teachers, support staff. and exceptionally volunteers have truly shown themselves to be the best of the best. These awards are a chance to showcase some of the wonderful stories of dedication and talent across the family of county schools and colleges.

Education staff have worked tirelessly and many have gone above and beyond to maintain Hampshire’s education parameters despite the very difficult challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented. They have responded in amazing ways, adopting changes such as introducing safe COVID measures in schools and colleges and adapting to distance learning, to ensure that children and young people in Hampshire can continue their studies.

I regularly hear and see the exceptional work of the staff and volunteers who help pupils and students succeed and become brilliant young people. This often involves doing everything in their power to help them overcome challenges and meet complex needs, and our annual education awards are just one of the many fantastic accomplishments that have taken place at the over the past year.

This year’s ceremony took place at Ashburton Hall in Winchester; the first time the ceremony has been held in person in two years, after COVID-19 restrictions were eased in July.

Parish priest, TV and radio presenter Reverend Richard Coles joined Councilor Chadd with a special address and also presented the awards. Participants were also entertained by the Hampshire Music Service and sung by Isla Croll.


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