Congratulations Mr Wieprecht!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in News | No Comments

saltash.net’s reputation for providing the highest quality teaching and learning opportunities for all students in its care was given a further boost today as teacher of Maths and Integrated Learning, Mr Scott Wieprecht, was named the National Teaching Awards’ regional Winner for the Outstanding Use of Technology in Education.

Nominated by the students through their School Council, Mr Wieprecht received a visit from two national Teaching Award judges at the start of the summer term.  They had selected Mr Wieprecht as a finalist on the strength of what the students had written about their teacher, as well as what deputy head, Mr Buckley, had written in his endorsement.  Their visit to the school did not disappoint and they enjoyed watching Scott teach, meeting with senior leaders, colleagues and parents and, of course, hearing from the students themselves why they felt Mr Wieprecht should be the regional winner.

A very special ‘surprise’ assembly event was held on the morning of Friday 16th May, the official ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ when, Mrs Bryce, headteacher, announced to the school community that Mr Wieprecht had won a Silver Teaching Award making him eligible for the National Finals due to take place in October, as well as a prestigious visit to the House of Commons in June.

Attending the assembly to present the Award was Mayor of Saltash, Jean Dent, as well as Vice Chair of Governors, Brian Chalkley.

Alongside the presentation of the Silver Award to Scott Wieprecht, Certificates of Excellence from the National Teaching Awards were also given to Head of Year 8 and teacher of PE, Mr Mark Feldwick, the Maths Department for Team of the Year and Teaching Assistant, Mr Colin Stanbury.

Commenting on the superb achievements of the teaching and support staff at saltash.net, Mrs Bryce said, ‘I could not be more pleased for Mr Wieprecht as a regional winner.  I know he will say that the Award is all about the students.  He has done so much to empower our young people through the innovative use of new technology, not least through our students’ recent attendance at the Global Education Forum in Barcelona, when they became the first student representatives invited by Microsoft to attend an event in its 9 year history.’

Deputy head, Dan Buckley, added, ‘Students gain so much from working with such dedicated staff including all of those nominated by the students this year and the seven Teaching Award Regional Winners and one National Winner the school has benefitted from over the past ten years.  Scott gives his time generously to staff and students alike and I am extremely pleased that his hard work has been recognised by this prestigious award.’