Southfield Winners! Bradford Schools Awards 2018
On Thursday 15th March, two members of Team Southfield were recognised at the Telegraph & Argus Bradford Schools Awards 2018.
Mrs Bainbridge and Miss Willis were nominated as finalists in the Secondary Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Member of the Year categories respectively. The glitzy event took place at the Aagrah Midpoint in Thornbury.
After some interesting and at times inspirational speeches and an asian inspired dinner, the time had come to announce the award winners. Miss Willis was up first, but unfortunately it wasn't to be and she missed out on the perfect send-off before she retires later this year. Miss Willis was her usual cheery self though. Clutching her runner-up certificate, she said "I'm just so happy to be here and recognised alongside all these brilliant people. To be nominated alone is a great honour, so i'm just going to enjoy myself."
Mrs Bainbridge's category was the last to be announced, making it a long wait for her and all the colleagues who had joined her at the event. Southfield gave the loudest cheer when the finalists' names were announced, which grew even louder as Mrs Bainbridge was revealed as the winner in a strong category against fantastic two teachers from the Ilkley and Bingley Grammar Schools. When collecting the award she was asked by T&A stalwart Perry Austin-Clarke who hosted the event, what advice she would give to anyone who is considering becoming a teacher. Her response was to repeat some advice she herself was given by Southfield Headteacher, Jacqui Hill: "If you can, you should." This received further applause from an appreciative and generous crowd.
Mrs Bainbridge was whisked off the stage to fulfil media duties; an interview with T&A Education Reporter, Chris Young and photography for Tuesday's special event supplement. You can read what she had to say when the paper is realeased. We will share it with you as soon as we have it.
It was a brilliant end to the night. For Mrs Bainbridge, Southfield School and SEND in Bradford to be recognised in this was is a great achievement and one we will remember for a long time.
Read the Telegraph & Argus online news story from the evening here.