HODGSON enjoyed a double medal haul at a ceremony to award the best in the Fylde’s education sector. PE teacher Mrs Brunskill won an Unsung Hero Award and former Deputy Head Boy Jack Collins was crowned Secondary School Pupil of the Year in The Gazette Education Awards 2015. Hodgson was awarded a runners-up prize for Secondary School of the Year. It had also been shortlisted for four further awards – Headteacher of the Year (Mr Nicholson, Hodgson’s Executive Principal), Creative Arts (Year 11 Student Matt Peill), Inspirational Teaching (Miss Parr, Lead Teacher of Geography) and Newly Qualified Teacher (Science teacher Mr Farmer).
Unsung Hero Award Winner
Mrs Brunskill, who has worked as a PE teacher at Hodgson for 26 years, runs various after-school training, matches and tournaments as extra-curricular sessions. Her biggest annual event is the Wyre and Fylde Dance Festival, staged at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. The event is organised and directed by Mrs Brunskill, in partnership with the Hilton Charities and Wyre and Fylde School Sports Partnership. It annually brings together more than 20 primary and secondary schools from across Wyre and Fylde, which perform their individual dance routines on the Opera House stage in front of audiences of around 1,500. Now in its seventh year, it has raised more than £50,000 for local charities.
Secondary School Pupil of the Year
Jack Collins underwent a huge personal transformation during his five years at Hodgson, from a shy boy to a driving force in the student leadership team, writes Head of Pegasus House Mr Jenkinson. On joining Hodgson in 2010, he absorbed himself into the full Hodgson Experience and became part of the Student Council.
Drawing on his personal experience of transition from primary to high school, Jack became a peer mentor for younger students. He helped them to settle in, shared his own experiences and became a friendly face around school.
At the end of Year 10, Jack was appointed as Deputy Head Boy: a role he very much deserved and worked hard for.
Sadly, at the start of Year 11, Jack’s father passed away very suddenly. This was a huge shock to Jack and his family. Throughout this very distressing time, Jack barely took any time off school and was still committed to his role as Deputy Head Boy. In fact, despite being advised not to by the school, Jack delivered a speech on Open Evening, which was the evening of his father’s funeral, to prospective students and parents. Jack never wants to let anyone down. In addition, Jack delivered an assembly to every student within the academy on bereavement. He shared his very personal feelings with his peers and offered advice for supporting people who are experiencing death within their family.
Jack picked up 12 A*-C grades on GCSE results day in August.
In Year 11, Jack dealt with a lot of personal adversity, but throughout it all his commitment to the school and his care for the younger pupils in the academy was continuously admirable.