Khalsa Primary School wins Silver Award in The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year
Khalsa Primary School honoured as schools across the country celebrate Thank a Teacher Day to highlight families’ gratitude to school staff.
Selected from thousands of nominations, Khalsa Primary School has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Khalsa Primary School was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.
Khalsa Primary School has some of the highest results in the country and staff are passionate about offering every child every possible chance to succeed. It is based in an ‘oasis’ in Slough, with hundreds of newly planted trees and shrubs, provided through donations from parents, the community and local businesses. Many children are without gardens but are able to grow vegetables on the newly established farm, while during lockdown, the school bought and delivered much needed food vouchers and provided laptops for those without access to one.
Khalsa Primary School has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.
The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers.
New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have a newfound respect hold for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. 74.9% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.
The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their pupils settled by regularly checking in and even using their school sites for Covid-19 testing when classes did return to school. There has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK.
Mr Raminder Singh Vig, Executive Principal at KPS said:
“This wonderful accolade is testament to the dedication and loyalty of all our hard working staff, our supportive parents and dedicated governors and trustees. The brilliant children of Khalsa Primary School will be so happy that the school they love has been recognised in this way, especially at the end of such a difficult time. I am deeply grateful to Pearson for the recognition and a brilliant reason to celebrate at last. Well done team KPS”.
Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:
“Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a chance – children, families, all of us – to pay tribute to those wonderful educators who change more lives than they will ever know. Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult of times, and who will continue to inspire countless young minds over the coming years.”
Rachel Johnson, CEO at PiXL, said:
“Khalsa Primary School is a worthy award winner for their incredible efforts to support their students, their staff, and their local community, and it is only right we recognise their hard work. I know how humble teachers are, but I hope they take this opportunity to reflect fondly on their success so far, and congratulate themselves and each other on this fine achievement. At PiXL, we were so impressed by their story, and we know they will continue to keep going the extra mile to provide a truly wonderful education to everyone who comes through their doors.”
Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said:
“After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges.
We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”
The Secretary of State said:
“The hard work and dedication of teachers in schools, colleges and across the education sector during the pandemic has been inspiring, and while our teachers deserve the country’s recognition every year, this year’s Thank A Teacher Day is even more significant. The support they have provided children, young people and adults has been remarkable, and each and every one of us should be grateful for the part they have played over the past 18 months.
“Congratulations to all the Silver Award winning educators, and every teacher who has gone above and beyond, inspiring and shaping our future generations to be the best they can be.”