February 21, 2019
Year 1 teacher at Northern Education Trust’s Ryecroft Academy in Bradford, Sophie Brennan, has been shortlisted by judges for the Community Involvement Award in a prestigious awards event and spent an hour under the spotlight being filmed at school for a short video to be shown at the final’s ceremony in March.
Organised by the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, in partnership with Bradford Council, the annual awards aim to find the very best examples of teaching excellence spanning all aspects of school life.
The Community Involvement Award celebrates the dedication of schools, pupils or teachers that have developed initiatives that forge strong links with their community. Sophie was nominated by Aimi Walton who is involved with the Salvation Army and linked with St Christopher’s Church nearby.
When Sophie joined the staff at Ryecroft Academy, which is sponsored by Northern Education Trust, she realised the importance of becoming immersed into the community so that she could relate to parents more and better understand the children within their local environment.
“We began by visiting St Christopher’s which allowed the children to understand the beliefs and traditions of the Church of England. As the relationship developed, we invited the Salvation Army and people from the church to host regular assemblies in school.
“This encouraged children and their families to get more involved with community activities at the church and now we host our after school and holiday clubs at St Christopher’s and lunch clubs at our school.
“I am delighted to have been nominated for this award.”
Well done Sophie, and best of luck in the finals.