Sandringham wins Local and National Student and Teaching Awards

Over the last two weeks we have been lucky enough to be nominated and win several local and national student and teaching awards.

Pearson Teaching Awards

In March we were short listed for the Pearson Teaching Awards in two categories The STEM team for their work on developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths provision at the school and for the work of Mark Allday who had been nominated as New Teacher of the Year. Judges from Pearson came to the school in April to meet the nominees, students and school leaders. This rigorous assessment process also led the judges to watching Mark teach and also hear from external organisation who had been involved in the work of the STEM team.

We were delighted to be able to announce in a special assembly on Friday 17th June that both nominees had been successful and had won a Silver Plato’s. Councillor Frances Leonard, the mayor of St Albans presented these awards to winners and spoke of the impact that teachers have on the young people they inspire.

Mark Allday and the STEM Team, will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on 23rd October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award. Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock. The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.


Herts Advertiser School Awards


The following week we were again celebrating at the Herts Advertiser School Awards. This annual

award ceremony, held at Oaklands College, celebrates the work of local schools and completion had

been fierce with 30 schools taking part and over 220 nominations received. The following staff were nominated for awards:

  • Alison Cuneen, for Teacher of the Year (Secondary)
  • Jessica Leigh, for Pupil of the Year,
  • Chris Smith, for Sporting Achiever of the Year
  • Sandringham School Academy Trust, for School of the Year (Secondary)
  • David Hassett – STEM, for Innovation Project of the Year
  • Joshua, Finn and Zack Pile – for Innovation Project of the Year AND for Unsung Hero of the Year
  • Tracey Breen, for Support Staff Member of the Year
  • Anne Lyons for Recognition of Service Award

We were delighted to be nominated in so many categories and the following students and staff won on the evening.

Pupil of the Year – Jessica Leigh

A star student, Jessica took a lead role in the school’s focus on science, technology, engineering and maths this year. Along with two other girls she undertook Amateur Radio Foundation License training and made contact with astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station live on the BBC.

Unsung Hero’s – Joshua, Finn and Zack Pile

Joshua, Finn and their brother Zac (a student at Bernards Heath Junior School) have had a fantastic year developing their songwriting and performance skills to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy charities.

Sporting Achiever – Chris Smith

A national level performer in tennis, Chris represents the school, club and county. This year he helped the Herts 12 and under singles team win the Lionel Cox regional tournament without losing a single set. He also represents the school at cross-country, athletics and basketball.

Recognition of Service – Anne Lyons

Anne is the Head on Modern Foreign Languages at Sandringham. Not only does Anne organise and lead both student exchanges and trips overseas but she has developed a partnership with a school in The Gambia. This relationship has involved Sandringham Students visiting the school each year and raising funds to build a new school hall on their campus.  This relationship persists and enriches both schools.

I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of awards last month. This is just reward for their hard work and commitment in their respective categories.