TWO workers at a South Tyneside school have been praised for their passion and enthusiasm towards helping keep youngsters safe and healthy.
Fran Young, an administrator at St Matthew’s RC Primary School, in Jarrow, and cook Chris Cole were both presented with awards by Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.
The event was organised as part of Unison’s Stars in Our Schools initiative, aimed at recognising the education system’s unsung heroes.
Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “It takes a whole team to make a school an effective, safe and happy place for children.
“School support staff tend to do most of their work behind the scenes and for that reason, we wanted to acknowledge and celebrate the vital roles they play in our schools.”
Throughout the borough, schools hosted award ceremonies and tea parties to celebrate the work of support staff including caterers and ICT technicians.
Martin Humble, headteacher at the school in Alnwick Grove, Jarrow, said: “Fran is an excellent ambassador for our outstanding school and is an excellent administrator.
“She has overseen the introduction of our school dinner ordering service and it is her professionalism and dedication which ensures everything runs smoothly.
“Fran works so well with our cook Chris, and together they are responsible for our high-quality catering provision which is greatly appreciated by the whole school community.
“Chris has been cook in charge at St Matthew’s for three-and-a-half years. She is a dedicated cook who has established a wonderful relationship with all our pupils and staff.
“She is very conscientious and will go the extra mile to ensure she provides high-quality meals for all. They are two lovely ladies and thoroughly deserve the recognition by Unison as Stars in our School.”
Mr Hepburn MP said: “They are the unsung heroes of our children’s education and it was brilliant to see the school Secretary Francis Young and Head Cook Chris Cole receive recognition for the tireless work they do on a day-to-basis at St. Matthew’s.”