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Romford school celebrates support staff with Stars in our Schools event

PUBLISHED: 10:40 13 December 2018

Councillor Michael Deon Burton (centre left) shaking hands with Peter Liddle, Havering UNISON officer (second left) and students from the school. Photo: St Edwards Academy

Councillor Michael Deon Burton (centre left) shaking hands with Peter Liddle, Havering UNISON officer (second left) and students from the school. Photo: St Edwards Academy

St Edwards Academy

St Edward's Academy in Romford celebrated the hard work and dedication of its support staff by hosting a Stars in our Schools event.

Deputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton (centre) with Peter Liddle, Havering UNISON officer (second left) and students from the school. Photo: St Edwards AcademyDeputy Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton (centre) with Peter Liddle, Havering UNISON officer (second left) and students from the school. Photo: St Edwards Academy

The concept is the brainchild of Unison, the UK’s largest public service union.

Peter Liddle (Havering Unison officer), regional union leads and deputy mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton joined staff members and students in the celebrations.

Students wrote hundreds of cards to thank support staff for their work and made mugs for the school’s 48 members of support staff.

The mugs were personalised to include key words to describe the vital contribution that support staff make to the school.

Staff from St Edwards school who were given hundreds of thank you cards from students and personalised mugs. Photo: St Edwards AcademyStaff from St Edwards school who were given hundreds of thank you cards from students and personalised mugs. Photo: St Edwards Academy

Headteacher Jodie Hassan said: “I was absolutely overjoyed to commemorate the outstanding contribution that the support staff make to St Edward’s.

“Students, teachers and parents agree that our support staff make the lives of our children (and teachers) better every day.

“This event was particularly special to me as my own mum (my inspiration in becoming a teacher) was a very valued member of support staff in a London secondary school for over 30 years.

“Without amazing support staff like ours, children’s lives would not be so enriched.”

Staff from St Edwards school who were given hundreds of thank you cards from students and personalised mugs. Photo: St Edwards AcademyStaff from St Edwards school who were given hundreds of thank you cards from students and personalised mugs. Photo: St Edwards Academy

Councillor Deon Burton said: “I am so pleased and honoured to have been involved in such a wonderful event at St Edward’s Academy. The students are absolutely impeccable and a real credit to the school.

“To be able to join in the celebrations of the vital contribution made by support staff to St Edward’s was a real privilege. I look forward to returning very soon!”

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