Cornwall Teacher Awards

Celebrations were in the air when staff from Pool Academy attended the Cornwall Teaching awards ceremony.

Peter Wilson, from the Academy’s ICT department, and David Buckingham, from the Science department, headed to Truro for the Cornwall Teacher Awards 2017 recently.

Mr Wilson received 'Highly Commended’ in the Education Support Worker of the Year category and Mr Buckingham was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Mr Wilson, who has worked at Pool Academy for five years, said: “I had no idea I had been nominated. It was a lovely surprise to find out I had made the shortlist and been invited to attend the awards.

“It was very uplifting to be considered for this award and demonstrates how highly Pool Academy values its staff.

“To have been nominated and shortlisted is a great honour.”

Mr Buckingham, who has been at Pool Academy for two years, said: “The Academy had a number of nominations last year and it was great to be able to follow in their footsteps this year.

“It was a great honour to be nominated for this award.

“It was a great evening in fantastic surroundings and one that I feel proud to have attended.”

Mr Wilson added: “It was a wonderful evening in the grand surroundings of Truro Cathedral where the achievements of schools, staff and governors were recognised and celebrated.

“Staff at schools do fantastic work caring, educating and supporting our children and it was great to hear so many stories of inspirational staff on the night.”

The ceremony was held at Truro Cathedral and hosted by Daphne Skinnard, from BBC Radio Cornwall.

The event, which is held to recognise excellence in education in Cornwall, is now in its second year.

Nikki Baron, Business Development Director at EMPRA, said:  "These remarkable individuals are an inspiration to us all, they are changing lives and giving pupils and students in Cornwall incredible support and encouragement – far more than is on their job descriptions. To be shortlisted is a substantial achievement, so if you know any of them, please congratulate them."

Phil Jones