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Southwold Primary School

Teaching Assistant wins Top Award

July 2020 - Southwold Teaching Assistant wins Top Award

Yox Valley Partnership of Schools were utterly delighted that a member of the team, Mr Jack Walton, was recently awarded Teaching Assistant Apprentice of the year from the East Coast College where he gained his recent qualifications. 

Jack has been working at our hub of schools for the past 3 years and we can truly say he is an asset to our team.  

He is a committed, hardworking member of staff who goes above and beyond with tasks and activities required of him and those ideas of his own.  He recognises his contribution in supporting the teaching staff in providing a rich and vibrant environment for our pupils.

Academy head, Gail Jerman said, ‘Jack has a natural rapport with the all the children he works with and understands the importance of recognising their individual needs, supporting them in a very caring and nurturing way. We are very proud of what he has achieved and the contribution he made across our partnership of schools.’ 

During these recent challenging circumstances Jack has willingly undertaken recommended Continued Professional Development opportunities and has been supporting the teaching staff remotely with monitoring and marking on our virtual classroom platforms.  The children enjoyed communicating virtually with Mr W!

Mr Walton said, ‘First and foremost- WOW! What an amazing achievement this is - to say I’m privileged is a complete understatement. All the hard work over the last two and a half years has led to winning this award and it is fantastic to know that all the hard work was worthwhile. I have worked with some of the most amazing people in the sector, both in and out of Yox Valley Partnership, and had the pleasure to work with Southwold, Middleton, Yoxford & Peasenhall Primary Schools for the last three years. 

The non-stop support, laughter, hard work and (at times) tears have all been worth it!

Thank you to the amazing teams at Yox Valley Partnership of Schools, The Consortium Trust and East Coast College for your continued guidance, help and support- this achievement is a true reflection of us all, and what we can achieve when we work together, so thank you. ‘

Gail Jerman added ‘We look forward to watching Jack’s career develop within our Trust and congratulate him again for his recent, well-deserved award.’