Beech Academy staff win “Best in Mansfield” awards

chadBest-in-Schoolds-logo-2015The Chad held its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday evening.  Building on the success from last year, we are pleased to announce two best in category winners and one special mention.

Most Improved Student Award – best in category

Vanessa has a diagnosis of ASD and is a Post-16 student who continues to make good academic progress towards her targets.  This year Vanessa has undertaken a work experience placement in the school office and has shown significant improvements in her communication and interaction with visitors and adults.  She has mastered how to use the school switchboard and can now work the front desk with very little support, greeting visitors, answering the phone and doing general admin tasks/jobs


Best Caretaker of the Year – special mention

Lee Prestwood.  Lee has only been with the academy a year, but in a short space of time he has been fantastic.  He is proactive in ensuring that any developments to the site take place swiftly and efficiently.  He has a good approach with students and ensures that they are included and consulted with any modifications to the school site. Several of these students have helped him with construction projects around the school. Within his first month of starting he was already weeding up on the roof of the school and hasn’t stopped since!

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Best Lunch-time Assistant of the Year – best in category

Louise Ingleby.  Louise has revolutionised the school food!  Since joining the academy Louise has ensured that students have a nutritious menu every day of the week.  She is always prepared to meet the needs of students on a daily basis by modifying the meals as appropriate and making daily jam sandwiches for some of our ASD learners who don’t like a change.  The amount of students having school dinners has significantly increased since she has taken the lead in the kitchen. Students now rave about school dinners – and that is down to Louise.

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