Rothwell school humbled by 'lockdown hero' recognition

They've been recognised by the Pearson National Teaching Awards

By Sam Wildman
Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 4:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2021, 8:59 am
Montsaye Academy.
Montsaye Academy.

The headteacher of Rothwell's Montsaye Academy has spoken of her pride after the school was recognised as a 'lockdown hero'.

The Greening Road school, part of Pathfinder Schools, was picked out the Pearson National Teaching Awards in recognition of its work to help pupils and staff in the pandemic.

They tackled remote teaching head-on and moved to a full timetable of remote learning from day one of the term.

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The school, as with others in the Pathfinder group, also invested in continual professional development (CPD) for staff so they can use Microsoft Teams for remote lessons to full effect.

Montsaye Academy principal Meena Gabbi said: "Teaching is our business (and) whether it be at home or at school, our approach has been the same - children need provision of the highest quality.

"I have been exceptionally proud of how our pupils have adapted to remote teaching so quickly and so proud of my staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure that learning is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, for that I thank them.

"We are very humbled to receive this lockdown hero recognition from Pearson National Teaching Awards for all of the Montsaye community's work over the lockdown periods.

"What I do know is that whatever the challenge, we face it together and with our children always at the heart."

Pupils in the Pathfinder Schools group, which has worked to ensure learning has continued throughout, range from nursery age children at Loatlands and Rothwell Victoria Infant School up to the sixth form at Montsaye Academy in Rothwell.

The group said they had received appreciative feedback from parents and pupils for their lockdown learning efforts.

Chief executive Ann Davey said: "At Pathfinder Schools we value independence and collaboration so each school has developed their own approach to remote learning, while our IT team and our team of blended learning champions have worked together across our family of schools to share expertise, ideas and training.

"The remote education offer looks a little different in every school at every stage of the child’s development but for all children learning has continued wherever they may be.

"This is the true benefit of working together as a group of schools with the children’s learning at the heart of all we do."