Thank you, Bernie!

Bernie Walker, our Head of Year, has been shortlisted in BBC Radio Leicester’s Key Worker category for going above and beyond her call of duty to help others.

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Nominated by colleagues, students, parents and carers who want to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ for Bernie’s hard work and dedication, the awards celebrate people who love to make life better for others.

During the pandemic, Bernie went above and beyond to support our students and their families in challenging times.

Keen to ensure students did not miss out on their education during lockdown, Bernie took to the road to deliver work packs to those who needed them and to provide a friendly face for the school’s families.

And when government contractors were unable to fulfil their free school meal voucher scheme, Bernie developed a local voucher scheme which ensured that New College families could access nutritional food while the school was closed.

She was also at the forefront of on-site Covid testing, busy organising and managing the students on to site for their test and then again safely off again to await their results.

Our Principal, Jane Brown, commented:

“Bernie was a constant force for good and consistently went out of her way to help our students and our families. No matter what she was asked to do, or took it upon herself to do, she always did it with a smile on her face – because the children come first.”

Bernie was shocked when BBC Radio Leicester got in touch, and feels honoured to be a finalist. She said:

“My only aim is to help people within the New College community during these challenging times we find ourselves in. Being thanked in this way is amazing and I want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate me.”

All finalists will be invited to an award ceremony for the region in which they were nominated in September 2022 where the winners of each category will be announced.

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