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Grantham teacher wins a Hidden Hero Award

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  • 12th Dec 2023 15:39

Grantham teacher wins a Hidden Hero Award

Ingoldsby Academy teacher one of UNISON’s East Midlands ‘Hidden Hero’ award winners


Ingoldsby Academy, a primary school in Grantham and part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), celebrated with staff member Emily Collins this week, their Early Years Practitioner, who has won one of UNISON’s East Midlands ‘Hidden Hero’ awards. 


The East Midlands Hidden Hero Award recognises school support staff across the region to ‘recognise and reward the outstanding contributions’ in making schools a safe and happy place for children to learn.  UNISON’s Lincolnshire Regional Manager and colleagues attended a special assembly at the school to award Mrs Collins with her prize. 


Mel Capes, Principal of Ingoldsby Academy, who nominated Mrs Collins, highlighted the length of service she has given to the school, her wealth of experience, knowledge of the early years curriculum and development and high ambition for the children. Mel Capes said: 

“Mrs Collins has been a valued member of the Ingoldsby team for 21 years.  Her knowledge of the early years and her commitment to the school makes me proud to be her colleague.  

“I would like to say a huge thank you and well done from the team for winning. This is greatly deserved. You are truly a hidden hero'


Emily Collins runs an after school reading club for key stage 1 and early years children and has a great relationship with the children and parents she works with, the nomination highlighted.


Mrs Collins said “I feel extremely honoured and grateful to receive this wonderful award.

“It’s a huge privilege to work with the amazing staff and children at Ingoldsby Academy.”