THE WORK of teachers and support staff at schools across Castle Point and Rochford were celebrated at the 2017 Essex Teaching Awards.
The annual awards, run by Essex County Council, were held at Marconi Social Club in Chelmsford on February 2.
The awards recognise excellence in education and celebrate the outstanding work of staff and teachers at the county’s schools.
Among the award-winners was The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, which won the Governing Body of the Year.
Glenda Canham, who handles publicity for the school, made the nomination.
She said: “This award is well deserved. It recognises the commitment and dedication of The FitzWimarc School Governing Body.
“Their support throughout the process of applying for a sixth form, along with their experience and knowledge in a variety of areas and the huge amount of time they freely give to the school, is really appreciated.
“As well as supporting individual departments, our governors assist with events such as International Day and Year 10 Interview Day and regularly give whole days to attend day trips and many more days for residential trips.”
Sandy Snoxall, from Grove Wood Primary School in Rayleigh, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Contained in the nomination for Sandy, published in a newsletter on the school’s website, it said: “In the 28 years she has served at the school she has inspired and nurtured countless pupils to foster a love for music and performance.
“Mrs Snoxall is an outstanding role model to pupils and staff. She exemplifies what a good primary school teacher should be.”
Another winner was Suzanne Sherlock, at Canewdon Primary School in Rochford, who received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award.
The school’s executive headteacher Lorna Pigram described Suzanne as “absolutely fantastic”.
She added: “It is lovely for her to be recognised. She is a very special person in the lives of all the children and has time for every single child and parent, and is always very calm and positive.”
Jamie Benson, at Greensward Academy in Hockley, was also highly commended in the Secondary School Teacher of the Year category.
The winners will again be put forward for the Pearson Teaching Awards.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said: “Schools in Essex have celebrated some fantastic achievements over the last year, with nine in ten now rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, exam results continuing to be positive and attendance at an all-time high.
“We have some excellent teachers and staff working in the county’s schools and I was delighted to hear about the difference this year’s Essex Teaching Awards winners have made to the lives of young people.
“I am very proud of their achievements and these awards are a great way of acknowledging their hard work and commitment.”