First Annual Cornwall Teachers Awards

Congratulations to Jo Andrews of Devoran who won School Support Worker of the year, sponsored by The University of St Mark and St John. Jo was described as “loved by the children”, and one parent described Jo as a “diamond”.

Teaching and learning professionals working in Cornwall’s schools and colleges were given the recognition they deserved at the sparkling, first-ever Cornwall Teacher’s Awards 2016 ceremony.  

Held at Truro Cathedral, on Friday evening, winners, nominees and guests were treated to an evening of celebration for those who have dedicated their outstanding work to positively impact Cornwall’s children and young people.

Helen Mathieson, ex principal at Marine Academy Plymouth and now CEO of the Salisbury Plain Academies hosted the event. She was both entertaining and professional as she kept pace. The keynote speaker was Vic Goddard, probably the UK’s most famous Headteacher from Channel 4’s Educating Essex. Vic gave an inspiring presentation, with many of the audience reaching for their handkerchiefs.

This year, there were 12 categories of awards, including Outstanding Headteacher, Outstanding use of IT in Education and Outstanding Special Educational Needs Teacher.

To kick off the night, a special Lifetime Achievement Awards was presented to Steve Miller from Pool Academy by West Briton editor, Dave Thomas. The judges said the list of achievements in Steve’s field, his areas of expertise and proven abilities over many decades would impress even the most discerning and scrupulous judges. The award was dedicated to the memory of Nicola Southwell, a lecturer from Duchy College who passed away earlier this year.