Hackney schools star

Thank you for nominating schools staff and teachers for this year's Hackney Stars awards.

The winners and shortlist can be found below.

Winner: Schools Star - Donna Davis, Early Years Educator & Learning Support Coordinator, Wentworth Nursery School

Nominated by a parent for her care of their autistic son, Hugo, they say Donna has been instrumental, as his key worker, in transforming the way he communicates.

This obviously means everything to them - as he's also developed social and interaction skills, through Donna, that enable him to approach other children to join or initiate games.

This amongst many other radical changes in Hugo, Donna has given his parents real hope for the future in terms of their aspirations for their child.

She's a true professional who is committed to professional development, to learning a wide variety of skills, methods and approaches to support the children across the nursery school. She is changing lives. Thank you Donna.

Donna Davis

The Shortlist

  • Chris Belgrave, Learning Mentor/Lead Behaviour Professional, Millfields Community School
  • Claire Napier, Sixth Form Coordinator, Stormont House School
  • Maria Dennis-Waters, Deputy SENCO/HLTA, City of London Academy
  • Nuray Cakmak, Learning Assistant, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Robert Thomson, Premises Manager, St. Mary's C of E Primary School

Winner: Teacher of the Year​ - Debbie Ashton, Grasmere Primary School

Debbie is described as an amazing teacher who brings learning to life for her students.

Nominated by a parent for turning around her daughter's attitude to learning, to the extent that she's now got an interest in nursing and is applying Debbie's strategies to help teach herself, and her family, to read.

Debbie's pupil was self-conscious about being from a different country, but in Debbie's class she says she always felt that she truly belonged.

Grasmere's parents are struck by her deep knowledge of each child, their strengths and needs.

Debbie makes innumerable contributions to Grasmere as the SENCO and it wouldn't be the inclusive school it is without her.

Debbie Ashton

The shortlist

  • Allison Isaak, De Beauvoir Primary School
  • Charlotte Nagle, The Complete Works
  • Oliver Heath, Shacklewell School
  • Rachel Adediran, Morningside Primary School

Schools Lifetime Achievement  - Rose Flaherty, Parkwood Primary School

A well-loved member of the local community, Rose became Parkwood Primary's midday meals supervisor about forty years ago, and is now a Senior Teaching Assistant and Senior Meals Supervisor - seeing generations pass through her care since without slowing down.

She gives meticulous care to the children, and the school's environment, ensuring that potentially hungry children are kept fed, warm and safe every day of the school year. And in fact, a Parkwood teacher's life would be nothing like as pleasant without her looking after them too.

There's always a well-stocked staff room. Rose oversees behaviour in the lunchtime playground, establishing a group of older children to buddy up with the younger children.

Rose has indeed seen it all - from broken limbs and raging fevers, to heads stuck in railings. From memorable Christmas parties to sowing play costumes, Rose makes sure that every child is safe and happy; even when this has, occasionally in the past, put her in harm's way.

Put simply, Rose is loved by everyone at Parkwood, and they could never repay her for the dedication she's shown over four decades.

Rose Flaherty

The shortlist

  • Christine Holden, Seabright Primary School
  • Janice Spensley, Mossbourne Parkside Academy
  • Morna Scales, Randall Cremer Primary School
  • Rose Flaherty, Parkwood Primary School

Page updated: 14/03/2018 16:09:01