National Thank a Teacher Day at New College Leicester

Teachers, students and staff at New College celebrated ‘National Thank a Teacher Day’ by presenting staff with national awards and accreditations at a special assembly, which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Leicester. 

Staff were also flooded with thank you e-cards from parents, so much so that New College Leicester received the most of any school in the East Midlands! 

Lord Mayor George Cole attended our school to thank the staff for their continued hard work throughout the pandemic, and to present awards and ‘Certificates of Excellence’ achieved in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards to five members of staff. 

National Recognition 

In the presence of Year 8 students at New College, Lord Mayor George Cole presented Principal Jane Brown, Science Teacher Sam Bagley, Music Teacher Georgina Tutty, Head of Year Bernie Walker and Director of Learning for Expressive Arts Kate Brown with the awards. 

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New College Principal Jane Brown received a bronze in the Lifetime Achievement category whilst Sam Bagley scooped her bronze for Teacher of the Year. Georgia Tutty and Bernie Walker were awarded ‘Certificates of Excellence’ in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year and Unsung Hero categories respectively. 

Kate Brown collected the Certificate of Excellence in the ‘Impact Through Partnership’ category which recognised the important strategic partnership work New College has undertaken to provide a wide range of cultural and expressive arts experiences to students, particularly for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Thanks from Parents – New College is Top in the East Midlands. 

 As part of ‘National Thank a Teacher Day’ which took place on Thursday 26 May, parents were encouraged to celebrate the work of all those involved in education by sending a ‘Thank you e-card’ to their teaching heroes to whom they particularly wanted to show their appreciation. 

To the delight of staff, New College received the highest number of cards of any school in the East Midlands which is an indication of how much the parents value the extra steps the staff have undertaken throughout the past 12 months to provide the best care and educational provision for the students.

Jane Brown, Principal at New College Leicester comments: “I am immensely proud of all New College staff who consistently go above and beyond for our children. To see our hard work recognised in the National Teaching Awards is hugely rewarding, but then to also receive so many thank you cards from our parents really was the icing on the cake. It was very humbling to read the kind messages which means so much to us all at the school. 

It was wonderful to welcome the Lord Mayor to New College to present the awards, but also to meet the staff and learn more about what we continue to achieve in supporting and providing a rounded education for our students and our contribution to the New Parks community. I would like to say a huge thank you to my staff for their continued hard work and dedication to New College.” 

The achievements in the National Teaching Awards is the latest good news for New College Leicester. Earlier this month, the school was awarded with the SEND Inclusion Award in recognition for the high quality of its provision for all children, especially those with special education needs and disabilities. In addition, New College has been designated as an Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School – one of only 135 schools in the UK to achieve this national accreditation which recognises a school’s inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion. 

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