Posted on: March 20, 2018
Ormiston Herman Academy, part of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), is celebrating the success of teaching assistant, Samantha White, at this year’s OAT Annual Awards.
Samantha, won the ‘Enrichment Champion’ Award, which was sponsored by parent body Ormiston Trust, after hundreds of nominations were submitted by OAT’s 36 academies across the country.
The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of exceptional students and teachers from across the OAT network of academies, at an award ceremony in London.
Samantha joined Ormiston Herman Academy as a Teaching Assistant in 2009. As a result of her passion and commitment, Samantha explored ways to extend and enrich pupil’s cultural and social learning experiences. She approached the senior leadership team with a request to take a lead on fundraising within the school, with vision to use the proceeds to further enrich the curriculum, through additional resources, supporting school visits and funding visitors to the visit the academy.
Samantha began by organising a small after-school fair in 2010, which has now grown to three annual fairs per year, having raised in excess of £25,000. The impact of the funding has meant that every child at the academy has been able to attend at least one annual theatre visit and the academy has welcomed at least one special visitor per term. The money has also provided additional creative resources to support many activities – all part of OAT and the academy’s commitment to broadening pupil’s horizons and raising aspirations.
The OAT awards were hosted by BBC TV presenter, Michelle Ackerley, and the evening would not have been possible without the support of the award partners, who included Net Zero Buildings, Zurich Municipal, Onecom, Schools Broadband, Capita, TES, PLMR and Ginger Energy, Barker Associates, Eco Consulting, and OAT’s founding body, Ormiston Trust.
Principal at Ormiston Herman Academy, Kate Rutherford, said:
“Samantha is an outstanding member of staff, continuously going above and beyond to ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to thrive in life. She is a credit to Ormiston Herman Academy and OAT, and we are delighted that her achievements have been recognised with this award. Congratulations Samantha!”
James Murray, Director, Ormiston Trust, said:
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the OAT annual awards again this year – it is a fantastic opportunity for students, staff and those across the network to join together to celebrate and recognise another year of achievement. Congratulations to Samantha on winning the Enrichment Champion award – it is fantastic to see the huge difference she is making to the school community through her work.”
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