Caring Jayne honoured for dedication to school

Jayne Barnett (right) with actress Sally Phillips
Jayne Barnett (right) with actress Sally Phillips

A Kettering teaching assistant turned shop manager has been recognised for her work in education at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Jayne Barnett had been shortlisted for her outstanding contribution to the education sector at the Towergate Insurance Care Awards.

At the glittering event held in London’s Berkeley Hotel, hosted by comic actress Sally Phillips (of BBC TV’s Miranda fame), Jayne was honoured with a highly commended award.

Jayne, who has worked at Wren Spinney Special School for over 20 years, swapped working in a traditional classroom to managing The Shop -a sweet shop in Kettering’s Gold Street which allows students who have severe, profound and complex learning disabilities real-life work experience.

Ann Brown, business manager at Wren Spinney Special School, said: “Over the years, I have watched and admired Jayne’s passion and commitment towards some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.

“Always willing to go the extra mile to ensure their comfort and safety, she is an advocate for anyone who is vulnerable and fearless when she needs to speak out and act on their behalf.

“Students blossom under her care and look forward to coming into work with her, and her role as shop manager is unique in ensuring students gain confidence and learn new skills to equip them for life after school.”

Speaking about Jayne’s caring nature, Ann added: “She extends care and compassion to all the customers, some 
of who come into the shop especially for a chat, for help or advice, which she always gives.”