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Riverside Meadows Academy - double award winners on National Thank-a-teacher day

Sarah Anderson–Rawlins, Head of School at Riverside Meadows Academy was surprised and delighted to receive a Silver Pearson Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education.  Presented by Louis Byrne, Celebrity Hairdresser and Ambassador for Riverside Meadows Academy.

The news delights all the pupils, parents and whole staff team at Riverside Meadows Academy at St Neots and Wisbech. Sarah has many personal qualities and attributes which make her leadership compassionate to all her colleagues, pupils and parents. Significantly, during the Covid pandemic Sarah supported many pupils and families with welfare visits and the return to school of many vulnerable pupils in our community. She values the opportunities for creativity and outdoor learning and the school provides a dynamic curriculum offering to meet the special needs and interests of pupils.

Pearson also awarded the whole school a Bronze award to recognise these efforts, by presenting a Lockdown Hero Award for learner and community support.

The SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) special school leads on mental health and equalities and is recognised for its Kaleidoscope LGBTQ support group. Riverside Meadows Academy supports and advocates for equalities.

Dr Kim Taylor OBE, Executive Head Teacher for Horizons Education Trust said, ‘Sarah loves working with young people and she is an inspiring Head of School. The trustees at Horizons Education Trust are delighted that her leadership skills have been recognised in region with this Pearson award for special education.’

Mayor of St Neots, Cllr Stephen Ferguson, also in attendance, commented “This was my first visit to Riverside Meadows Academy, and I was absolutely thrilled to encounter the cohesive and inclusive community Sarah has built here. We talk a lot about education in St Neots but we don’t do enough to celebrate the excellent work done in SEN and SEMH schools like the Riverside Meadows Academy.

On behalf of the whole town I’d like to congratulate Sarah on deservedly receiving national recognition for her leadership of this wonderful school”