Headteacher Dee Jennings wins ‘Hero’ of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that Dee Jennings our Headteacher has been awarded the NFA ‘hero’ of the year award at this year’s annual group conference. This fantastic new award recognises the real difference that our employees make to the daily lives of the children and young people that we look after in our fostering, education and residential divisions. The judges were looking for individuals who:

  • Have made a profound difference to a child or young person that we look after
  • Have gone more than the extra mile to advocate and make that difference happen
  • Are a team player and ALWAYS lives the values of our proposition ‘children are the heart of everything we do’

These are some of the reasons why both the staff and pupils believed that Dee should win this award and we are thrilled that the panel agreed!

“Under her headship Dee Jennings has grown the school from 37 pupils to 73 pupils. Since her appointment 16 years ago Dee been key in developing the staff team and maintaining high standards. Pupils regularly achieve higher than expected outcomes when compared to their progress from previous provisions. Under Dee’s leadership the school has always achieved OFSTED grades of Good with Outstanding elements and this has again improved through each inspection.”

“Dee never gives up on a pupil even in the most difficult circumstances, she goes over and above to ensure that all pupils are safe and happy and always listens to their suggestions and thoughts. Dee is not only a great ambassador for the school but a great role model for the whole staff team.”

“She always has the best interests of the staff and pupils at the forefront of her mind. Dee has an open door policy and always ensures she has time for everybody.”

“Dee is held in very high regard by the boys, this is due to her approachable and professional, her patience and her consistency and her never failing sense of humour. Dee goes above and beyond to make sure the boys feel happy, safe and secure.”