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Havering Learning Partnership Awards for outstanding teachers and support staff

The College was thrilled to win three borough Awards and have five staff collect Individual Excellence trophies at the inaugural Havering Learning Partnership Awards evening, held in a marquee in the College grounds.

It was a fantastic event with the awards celebrating the work of teachers and support staff across schools and colleges in Havering. Entertainment was provided by Havering Sixth Form College Music students and a pianist from Drapers’ Academy. A total of 19 schools and colleges submitted nominations and attended the presentation.

There were three categories of awards:  Enrichment; Progress and Attainment; and Individual Excellence.

Havering Sixth Form College had fantastic success on the night, winning one award in the Enrichment category and two Progress and Attainment Awards as well as five nominated staff collecting Individual Excellence Awards.

A Level English tutor Natalie Nezhati was presented with the Enrichment Award for Most Innovative Project. Natalie and the English team have created a dynamic learning plan for students using QR Codes to set work, homework, reading and stretch and challenge activities. Natalie has also created a Virtual Learning Environment where there are links to questions for students to respond to, comment on and like other students’ work. This innovative project has been received extremely well by students.

Other nominations for the Enrichment Awards were:

  • Iceland trip - for the most creative trip (Geology tutor Keith Oak)
  • Most effective support for student well-being (Health & Social Care tutor Karen Steele)
  • Music performances for the most successful performing arts event (Music Performance and Technology tutor Chris Donnelly)

The College was also delighted to win in the Progress and Attainment category. We were presented with two awards for:

  • Best progress in Maths GCSE (Post 16) and;
  • Best performance in Technical Qualifications Post-16

The five staff collecting Individual Excellence awards were:

Ella Hyka – Ella is an inspirational and committed teacher who has an amazing rapport with her Business students. They flourish under her creative delivery of lessons and she has made resources that are engaging and challenging. Ella guides her students with pride and passion, focusing on the positives and working with them to improve the negatives.

Keeley Knowles – Sociology tutor Keeley is, by nature, a compassionate person and she excels in creating a comfortable learning and pastoral environment. She works with many students facing profound personal challenges, to enable them to progress in their studies. Keeley gives significant amounts of her own personal time to support her students and is deeply valued by all who come into contact with her.

Penny Jackson – Penny is the epitome of the teaching profession. It is not only the quantity of the support she gives to her History students that is worthy, but the quality is exceptional. Penny arranges trips during weekends for the Gifted & Talented History group and gives up time during holidays to run revision sessions. She is highly valued by colleagues and students alike.

Claire Martin – In her role as Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Manager, Claire ensures high quality Information, Advice and Guidance is given to all students before they start College. She has recently taken over and reshaped the Lower Sixth to Upper Sixth and Progression Year enrolment processes that have led to a smoother transition for all students, as well as improved retention, attendance and engagement.

Karen Mizen – Registry Manager Karen leads her team with professionalism and passion and has done much to increase student attendance at the College. As an innovator, Karen has introduced automatic notification, revoked Attendance and Punctuality policies and supported Faculty Leaders in monitoring ‘at risk’ students. Her commitment and strong work ethic contribute to the success of the College.