Staff recognised for commitment to student success at Havering Learning Partnership Awards
Five enterprising Sixth Form staff received trophies at the Havering Learning Partnership Awards evening for their excellent work this year.
Principal Paul Wakeling and Deputy Principal Paul Nutter were also presented with a special award for guiding the College to a grade 2 Good Ofsted rating.
Teachers Silka Warrick-Akerele, Nigel Huggett and Lee Smith, as well as support staff Janice Spriggs and Carla Leonard were presented with Individual Excellence Awards to recognise the various ways they have helped students to achieve success.
Also nominated in the Enrichment Award category were teacher Stephanie Secular for her work with students on the College’s Writeous Magazine; teacher Lisa Rogers for her work with performing arts students; teacher Sheri Bernstein for her work with students in the RAG Society; and teacher Deb Auton-Leaf for her Imaginative Support in GCSE English.
The Awards evening, held at Drapers’ Academy, takes place each year to celebrate the work of staff from schools and colleges across Havering.
The five winners from Havering Sixth Form College, nominated by colleagues, were:
Silka Warrick-Akerele – Subject Leader for A Level Business – Silka has shown an excellent level of devotion to the progress of students. Her enthusiasm and her encouragement of students are real assets. She never tires of providing support both in the classroom and at other times when students need help. Silka has been very active in organising trips and speakers to enhance the student experience and ensures the course makes strong links to current events in the business world.
Nigel Huggett – Teacher of BTEC Science – Nigel has been a key member of the highly successful Level 3 BTEC Science team. He has consistently looked at ways to develop the Chemistry component, making it engaging, accessible and fun for all the students. He is always looking for opportunities so that students can complete more practicals, from making aspirin to extracting the plant oil from oranges. The outcomes speak for themselves with the majority of students achieving Distinctions in all his units.
Lee Smith – Subject Leader for A Level English Literature – Upon joining the English team as Subject Leader at Havering Sixth Form College, Lee immediately began designing an A Level course that would both meet the needs of the students and capture their interest. Lee always ‘goes the extra mile’ for his students, regularly supporting them in his own time through individual meetings, extra sessions and holiday revision classes.
Janice Spriggs – Industry Placement Officer – Janice has shown exemplary work in supporting the Health & Social Care upper sixth students on work experience. The emotional and practical support she provides to our students is exceptional when they face challenging situations such as coping with the death of service users in our local residential care homes. Janice takes time to feedback to students which has had an impact on their progression, with many students successfully securing places on degrees in nursing, midwifery, social work and radiography.
Carla Leonard – Work Experience Officer – Carla has shown exemplary work in supporting the Health & Social Care lower sixth students on work experience. The emotional and practical support she provides to students is exceptional when they face challenging situations, such as acts of aggression on the part of vulnerable service users. Carla also invests a lot of time mapping travel routes to allocate placements fairly so that students have less than an hour’s journey time. She responds quickly to any issues raised and this hard work has built positive relationships with our placement providers in local communities.
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