Commendations for staff at academy trust’s schools in Thetford and Swaffham

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pict

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pictured: Charlotte Cowles, head of media studies at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, receives her award from ATT board chair Steve Tilsley. - Credit: Archant

Academy staff in Norfolk and Suffolk have been commended at a special ceremony in the House of Commons.

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pict

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pictured: Cynthia Law, assistant principal at Diamond Academy in Thetford, receivers her award with ATT board member Pat Beanland. - Credit: Archant

More than 60 guests including parents, pupils, staff and MPs gathered at the prestigious venue for the Academy Transformation Trust event.

The presentation afternoon on July 11 saw 21 staff from the trust's families of schools receive awards for their work during the past academic year.

Among those commended were Cynthia Law, assistant principal at Diamond Academy in Thetford, who has spent her first year in senior leadership managing the implementation of Singapore maths and supporting year 6 pupils.

Principal Chris MacKinnon said: 'Cynthia has always met each new challenge with fortitude, diligence and perseverance and has been pivotal in driving forward improvements at the academy.'

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pict

Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pictured: Richard Kerridge, history teacher at Mildenhall College Academy, receives his award from ATT board chair Steve Tilsley. - Credit: Archant


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Charlotte Cowles, head of media studies at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, also received an award. She joined the school in 2013, working as a teacher and middle leader before assuming her current post.

Principal Cheryl Hill said: 'Charlotte is an adaptable leader and frequently joins the leadership team for additional duties, assuming responsibility for virtually anything that needs to be championed.'

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There was also recognition for Richard Kerridge, history teacher at Mildenhall College Academy, who was nominated for his creative teaching methods across all key stages.

'Richard has made history a hugely popular subject at Mildenhall,' said principal Susan Byles.

'Everyone at the academy is incredibly proud of him and we feel honoured to name him on our staff.'

Norwich Road Academy high level teaching assistant Jo King was recognised for her work with children with special educational needs (SEN).

Executive principal Theresa Rogers said: 'Jo knows each of the children's needs and is relentless in ensuring that the academy obtains what they need from outside agencies to best support our pupils.'

Donna Girling, a staff member at Admirals Academy since 2007, was commended for her management of two school governing bodies, acting as clerk to Admirals and Norwich Road Academies.

She was praised by Theresa Rogers as 'the heart of the school office' and 'an island of calm'.

Congratulating the winners, managing director of ATT Joyce Hodgetts said: 'At ATT we are committed to recognising success and have over many years created opportunities to enable teachers, staff and pupils to be honoured for their achievements.

'We are proud of all of our staff and pupils and we are pleased to be able to reward their dedication with special events like the House of Commons.'

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