Vicky Greenwood – October

Birtenshaw has started a new initiative aimed at highlighting the amazing work of the staff and celebrating the charity’s diamond jubilee year.

An ‘Employee Of The Month’ scheme has been launched so that peers can nominate a colleague who has gone over and above what is expected of them.

Each of the winners will go into a grand draw for Employee of the Year ahead of Birthenshaw’s 60th anniversary in December 2016.

The first winner to receive the prestigious title was Vicky Greenwood.

Her nomination said:

Vicky has stepped up to manage Goshawks class in the unexpected absence of the class teacher.

She has overseen the learning on a day to day basis, and managed the LSA team which includes two new members of staff.

Vicky has a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude, and her willingness to go above and beyond is much appreciated.

Vicky said the award was a bit of a surprise.

“I didn’t expect it at all.

“We have had no teacher all year so I stepped up and took responsibility for the class.

There are four boys in the Goshawks class and they are lovely. Each has their own incredible personality.

“I have been with the four boys since I started four years ago so I have seen them grow. It has been an adventure and it has been great to see them learn and see them progress.

“One of the children couldn’t hold a pencil when I started, and now he can write his own name. It’s a very rewarding job.”

Vicky said she has always been a positive person and believes that Birtenshaw School provides a loving and caring environment because the staff share the same attitude.

She said: “I think the award is a great idea. When you go about your day to day business you don’t tend to think about the good things you have done. This award recognises the good work that people put in.”

David Reid, CEO at Birtenshaw, praised Vicky for stepping up to the role.

“Vicky is what we would call Birtenshaw through and through.

“She has always put the needs of young people first in everything she does.

“This year in particular Vicky has stepped up and shown just what she is capable off.
“Shortly after the start of the year, the class teacher in Vicky’s group went on long term sickness absence. Vicky took that in her stride and has lead the class since, ensuring that all pupils continue to make at least good progress in education.

“Vicky thoroughly deserves to have won the first ever employee of the month at Birtenshaw and set a high standard for others to aspire to.”

All winners of the employee of the month scheme will go into the draw for Employee Of The Year to mark the charity’s diamond jubilee year in 2016.