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Celebrating excellence with the Newcomer of the Year Award

Mar 17, 2016


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Teachers Building Society was delighted to be a part of the Bournemouth Echo School Awards in 2016, proud to sponsor the Newcomer of the Year award.

The Bournemouth Daily Echo launched its own School Awards for 2016 – celebrating excellence in the world of education. Members of the public were asked to nominate a teacher who made their local school special and votes rolled in from the end of November 2015 and into February 2016.

The awards received more than 600 nominations, which proved tricky for judges Andy Bissell, a Bournemouth University journalism lecturer, PR expert Julie-Anne Houldey and Steve Hughes from the Bournemouth town centre BID. After much consideration they finally came up with a top three in each of the nine categories and all nominated teachers were announced in the Daily Echo. Among those to be recognised were support staff, teachers and school leaders.

Teachers Building Society was delighted to be sponsor the Newcomer of the Year Award and attended the awards ceremony at Bournemouth's Cumberland Hotel in March.

The shortlist for the Newcomer of the Year Award was:

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Nicola Hart from St Michael’s C of E Primary School
Her nomination was: “She teaches a Year 3 class at the school and despite being part-time, she regularly clocks up full-time hours always going the extra mile for her pupils...Mrs Hart has an immense pride in her school, is passionate about teaching and really loves and cares for her pupils.” 

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Lewis Watton from The Bishop of Winchester Academy
One of his nominations was: “He always helps us and is an incredible teacher. He is passionate about his job and should win because he makes us enjoy the subject. Everyone loves him.”

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Gillian Bennett-Laurie fron Glenmoor and Winton Academies
Her nomination was: “Her sunny disposition and ‘can do’ attitude immediately brightened up the place...what was really special was the way she enthused them [pupils] about the subject – encouraging all students to love reading and be creative in their own writing.”


Gillian Bennett-Laurie was the winner on the night - congratulations to Gillian and all the finalists.

Visit the Daily Echo’s Schools Award page here.