OSPA teacher, Miss Hardwick wins Prestigious Award

8th March 2017

Ormiston South Parade Academy is celebrating following the success of one of its teachers at this year’s Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) Annual Awards.

Miss Hardwick, a Key Stage 2 teacher and Science Co-ordinator, has been awarded the ‘Securing Futures’ prize, sponsored by Tes, at this year’s OAT Awards. She surpassed tough competition from the hundreds of nominations submitted by the 31 Ormiston Academies across the country.

Amber - OAT award

The Awards, now in their third year, recognise and celebrate the achievements of exceptional students and teachers from across OAT’s network of academies and culminated in a glitzy ceremony in London.

During Miss Hardwick’s two years at the academy, she has made a significant impact on raising the aspirations of Year 5 and 6 pupils. Miss Hardwick leads the academy’s partnership with the Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that works to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to elite universities. This is achieved by partnering pupils with PhD student mentors from Sheffield University.

The pupils have embraced the programme and have studied areas, topics and questions which they would not have encountered in the academy curriculum. The programme encourages pupils to aim high at an early age, as well as introducing the concept of higher education to many for the first time.

As science lead, Miss Hardwick has been working across the whole academy to promote science and ensure that the academy offers the best possible science curriculum. This work led to Ormiston South Parade being awarded the Primary Quality Science Mark.

The OAT awards ceremony was hosted by biochemist, wild animal biologist and TV presenter Liz Bonnin, and the evening would not have been possible without the support of the award partners, who included Tes, TEEAM, LiteracyPlanet, Ginger Energy Ltd, Zurich Municipal and The School Bus.


Jane Nolan, Principal of the Ormiston South Parade Academy, said:

“Here at Ormiston South Parade, we ensure that our pupils are inspired and supported, to help them to achieve their full potential. Miss Hardwick’s work has been instrumental in turning that goal into a reality. It’s brilliant to see our pupils inspired by the work of the Brilliant Club tutors at such an early age. Amber could not be more deserving of this accolade.”    

Quote from Tes, Award Partner for the Securing Futures Award:

“Tes is proud to be associated with the Ormiston Academies Trust and to be the award partner of Securing Futures Award for 2017. We would like to congratulate Miss Hardwick on her achievement, she truly wants to make a difference to these pupils at such a young age and provide them with the tools and resources to get to where they aspire to be in their future careers.”

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