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Winners Announced at Inspiration Awards 2023

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  • 23rd Jun 2023 13:44

Winners Announced at Inspiration Awards 2023

The winners of the sixth annual David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Awards were announced today (22 June 2023) in a virtual awards ceremony that was live streamed to all DRET schools from London to Hull.

The Inspiration Awards provides staff and pupils across DRET with the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding work of 1,800 exceptional teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and leaders across a nationwide network of 34 academies.

The Inspiration Awards are funded by sponsors’ donations, and proceeds go to DRET’s Inspiration Fund, which enables the trust to provide life-changing and character-building enrichment opportunities to 13,000 state school pupils across the country.

The wide range of opportunities made possible by the Inspiration Fund are normally only available to pupils in fee-paying or public schools. These opportunities include talent support programmes, bursaries, flagship competitions and events, specialist tutoring or coaching, and much more.

Stuart Burns, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, said:

 “Huge congratulations to all our inspirational winners. I am constantly inspired by our staff and their dedication to helping provide a truly world-class education.

“It is so important to recognise their efforts and take time to celebrate our teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and leaders together as a team.

“I am very grateful to our sponsors for supporting this virtual awards ceremony so that we can once again include all our staff.”

Joanne Bland, Divisional Director at Caterlink, said:

“As their lead catering partner across the UK, Caterlink are delighted to once more be sponsoring the Inspiration Awards for David Ross Education Trust. We thoroughly enjoy working with 29 of the Trust schools up and down the country, day in, day out, and are very proud to be supporting these awards, which highlight the fantastic achievements of your teams.”

Full list of Inspiration Award Winners:


Winner 2023

Academy of the Year

Charnwood College


Welton CE Academy


Leader of the Year


Kasey Hill

– Assistant Principal, Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy


Robyn Laurie

– Vice Principal, Havelock Academy




Teacher of the Year



Roberta Bray

- Teacher and coordinator for PSHE, Music & French, Eresby Special School


Lorraine Berry

– Acting Head of History and Head of House, Lodge Park Academy



Teaching Assistant of the Year




Porsha Sykes-Dixon

– Teaching Assistant, Hogsthorpe Primary Academy (former SGS pupil)


Sharon Parkins

– Teaching Assistant, Charnwood College




New Teacher of the Year


Nicole Rathbone

– English Teacher, Charles Read Academy


Rebekah Kitchell

– Teacher, Falconer’s Hill Academy



Team of the Year (sponsored by BAM FM)


DRET Sport Enrichment Team


SEND Inclusion Award



Anna Tyers

– SENDCo, Charnwood College


Lifetime Achievement Award



Patrick Dennis

– Teacher of Computing, Skegness Grammar School



Unsung Hero Award


Mick Shingler

- Caretaker, Barnes Wallis Academy


Volunteer of the Year



Julie Newman

– Volunteer, Eastfield Academy


Gary Allen

– Chair of ASC, Havelock Academy



Music Academy of the Year


Malcolm Arnold Academy


Sporting Academy of the Year


Charnwood College


Students’ Teacher of the Year Awards


Kristian Mead

- Teacher, Newnham Primary School


Exceptional Support Team Member



Nikki Walkiden

- Senior Administrator, Rockingham Primary School



Community Champion


Victoria Craven

– Quay Academy


Claire Rollinson

– Quay Academy


Special Recognition Award 

Keely Pearl

– Core Team


Mandy Joiner

– Core Team


Hayley McKenna

– Skegness Grammar School



About Caterlink


We are education catering specialists, meaning that we focus solely on primary, secondary, academy and college clients. Healthy eating is at the very heart of our approach to food. We wholeheartedly encourage balanced diets within our dining rooms and significantly invest in training our teams. Our policy of purchasing a range of seasonal produce from local and regional suppliers enables us to deliver exceptional value.