"We'll be cheering you on!" - Vale Council wish outstanding local schools good luck ahead of national teaching awards
10:37am Friday 11th October 2013 in Penarth news
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has wished three Vale-based schools – including two from Penarth – the best of luck as they prepare to fly the flag for the area at a national teaching awards ceremony.
Earlier this year Albert Primary’s Mary Lane won Teaching Assistant of the Year in Wales, while Cogan Nursery was named Outstanding Team of the Year in Wales, by the Pearson Teaching Awards. Joanna Parslow from Barry Island Primary School won Outstanding New Teacher in Wales.
As regional winners, all three will now represent Wales at the ceremony at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on October 20, which the BBC are broadcasting.
Vale council cabinet member for childrens services, Cllr Chris Elmore, said: “Congratulations to all three of our nominees, it’s a fantastic achievement and we’re very proud of Albert Primary, Barry Island Primary School and Cogan Nursery School for getting this far. Good luck for the final in London, we’ll all be cheering you on in the Vale!”
Albert’sMary Lane has been described as “the glue that holds the school together”, having joined the school as a learning support assistant at the school more than forty years ago. She will travel to London with her family, as well as head teacher Huw Jones and other members of staff from the school.
Cogan Nursery headteacher, Pauline Rowland, said: “Our staff are delighted to have won the Welsh award and are looking forward to meeting the other winners at the awards ceremony. Winning the regional award felt very special as a number of parents and carers put us forward for nomination.”
The Pearson Teaching Awards attracted over 24,000 nominations from schools across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.