Venturers’ Academy Teacher Shortlisted for National Award

Emma Buckley, a teacher from Venturers’ Academy in Withywood, enjoyed tea at the House of Commons on 5th June, after being named a finalist for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) New Teacher of the Year award.

Emma, who teaches children aged six to eight, said that teaching has always been her dream job and working with children with special educational needs provides her with daily challenges and rewards. “When I found out that I had been nominated for the award I was in complete shock. It is amazing to be recognised for doing a job that I love.”

The parents of one of her pupils said: “Mrs Buckley is a fantastic educator, enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging. She is not only committed to meeting the whole of our child’s needs but goes above and beyond by encouraging our child to try things that he may not think are possible.”

Principal of Venturers Academy, Trystan Williams, said it was a privilege to work alongside Emma, who he described as talented, intuitive and thoughtful.

Ann Mroz, editor of TES, said there had been a record number of entries for the awards this year and the standard was at an all-time high. “It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. All those shortlisted should be very proud.”

Venturers’ Academy is part of Venturers Trust, jointly sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol.