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Awards for Inspirational Teachers

If you are a teacher helping students with pre-university work you could be nominated for an award.

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Recognition for school and college teachers who go the extra mile

Why are we here?

When we think back we can all remember teachers from school who, in one way or another, have shaped our lives and turned us into the people we are today.

The University of Bath Teachers’ Awards aim to recognise the important role former teachers have played in the lives of our own students: guiding them on their path to university; inspiring them to aim high; offering pastoral care to support their wellbeing and of course nurturing their talents by providing them with exceptional learning opportunities.

We’re especially keen to celebrate teachers who work within schools and communities where progressing to a university future isn’t always seen as a natural ‘next step’.

Think Back...Give Back

Of course no one is better placed to tell us which teachers most deserve these awards than their students themselves. This is why we invite every first year undergraduate, along with all the current sixth form participants in University of Bath Widening Participation programmes (On Track to Bath, Pathway to Bath and Discover Bath residentials), to nominate a teacher for the award. Nominating a teacher offers not just recognition for that teacher but also a way for students to say thank you and give something meaningful back.

But how on earth can you choose?

Our selection panel brings together skills and expertise from across the university. They face the difficult task of assessing each nomination on a case-by-case basis, and somehow whittling so many wonderful and worthy nominees down to a shortlist of just eight.

All the nominated teachers, (and the students who nominated them of course!) are then invited to the University of Bath Celebration event when overall winners are announced for each of the four University of Bath Teachers’ Awards:

  • The Paving the Way Award - for going above and beyond to enable students to progress to University
  • The Nothing’s Impossible Award - for inspiring students to believe in themselves and aim high
  • The Never Alone Award - for outstanding pastoral care and wellbeing support
  • The Learning for Life Award - for nurturing talent through exceptional teaching

And what will these tremendous teachers win?

The eight shortlisted teachers will receive:

  • Invitation to the University of Bath Celebration event on Friday 13 December followed by a complimentary night’s stay for two at a Bath Hotel
  • A highly covetable Bath Aqua Glass ‘Apple for the Teacher’ trophy

Overall winners will also receive £500 for their school or college, which is to be put towards Teacher CPD.

Winning Teachers

We are pleased to announce the following winners from the Shortlisted Teachers:

The Paving the Way Award The Nothing’s Impossible Award The Never Alone Award The Learning for Life Award
For teachers who go above and beyond to help their students progress to university For teachers who inspire students to believe in themselves and aim high For teachers who give their students exceptional pastoral care and well-being support For teachers who nurture students’ talent through exceptional teaching
Mrs Ellie Denscombe, Llantwit Major Secondary School Mr Sumith Gamage, The John Fisher School Mr Serdar Sabri, Harlington School Mrs Bethan Morgan, Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form

Some photos from the Teachers' Awards 2019

Teachers' Awards 2019

Shortlisted Teachers

We received a great number of outstanding nominations this year and selecting a shortlist from these has been such a difficult task for our judging panel. The following teachers have been shortlisted for our four Teachers’ Awards.

The Paving the Way Award The Nothing’s Impossible Award The Never Alone Award The Learning for Life Award
For teachers who go above and beyond to help their students progress to university For teachers who inspire students to believe in themselves and aim high For teachers who give their students exceptional pastoral care and well-being support For teachers who nurture students’ talent through exceptional teaching
Mrs Ellie Denscombe - Llantwit Major Secondary School Mr Alistair Thompson, Priestley College, Warrington Mr Serdar Sabri, Harlington School, Hayes Mrs Moira Lee, St. Peters RC High School, Gloucester
Mr Anthony Slade, Bedwas High School Mr Sumith Gamage, The John Fisher School Miss S Hanif, Plantsbrook School, Sutton Coldfield Mrs Bethan Morgan, Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Worcester

Nominated Teachers

We are delighted to announce that the following teachers have all been nominated for the University of Bath Teachers’ Awards 2019. These inspirational teachers were nominated by their students in recognition of their hard work, kindness and dedication.

Inspirational Teacher School or College
Mr Sam Salter Christ the King Sixth Form
Mrs Ellie Denscombe Llantwit Major Secondary School
Mr O Ajayi St Thomas More School
Mr Jon Reddiford Nailsea School (Sixth Form)
Mr Anthony Slade Bedwas High School
Ms Kirsten Johnston Queen Mary’s College
Mr Alistair Thompson Priestley College (Warrington)
Mr Richard McKenzie The John Fisher School
Mr Chris Mulgrew Granville Academy
Ms Leyla Pattison Churchill Academy
Mr Sumith Gamage The John Fisher School
Miss S Hanif Plantsbrook School
Ms Sam Haswell Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form
Mrs Bethan Morgan Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form
Ms Sara Edwards Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School
Ms Katie Thompson Cox Green School
Mr Serdar Sabri Harlington School
Mrs Moira Lee St. Peters RC High School, Gloucester
Ms Tina Bryant Caldicot School
Mr Jonathon Murray-Smith Churston Ferrers Grammar School
Mrs Samantha Whatley Bideford College