Essex County Council launched the first Essex Teaching Awards this year to recognise and celebrate the inspirational work of teachers and staff within Essex schools and other educational establishments.
The awards evening took place on Wednesday 22nd January at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. Clacton Coastal Academy was represented by Miss Katie Allington who has been teaching PE there for 3 years. She was nominated by students for the award of “Teacher of the Year” for her inspiring teaching methods, her constant support and her dedication to extra-curricular sports clubs at the academy. A colleague said “Katie is constantly inspiring her students to achieve their best by using a variety of teaching styles and approaches dependent upon the varying nature of her classes, often becoming very inventive in producing innovative resources for her pupils; this seems to be the benchmark of how she gets the most out of them. The very fact that students have taken the time to vote for her demonstrates that she has a positive impact on their learning experience.”
Although Miss Allington didn’t win the category of “Teacher of the Year”, she did walk away with a Special Recognition Award. Katie said: “Having worked at Clacton Coastal Academy for three years I felt honoured to have been nominated by both pupils and staff for such a prestigious award. It was a lovely evening celebrating the achievements of teachers all around Essex.I am delighted to have been awarded a special recognition award for secondary school teacher of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people that have helped me in my career so far and all of the opportunities I have been given since working at the academy. I look forward to continuing my work with students at the academy and developing their passion for physical education.”
Tracey Hemming, Principal commented that: “It is fantastic to see Katie’s hard work being recognised by students. I am so pleased that so many of our students took the time to vote for staff which to me highlights their appreciation of the work of our staff.”