Jess Bolton a teacher from Merefield School in Ainsdale has been awarded the National Primary Science Teaching Trust Award.
Merefield School is a special school which provides education for 92 children/young people aged between 4 and 19 who all have severe and complex learning difficulties.
What is remarkable about Jess’s award is the fact that in 2012 Jess had a placement at Merefield during her Initial Teacher Training Programme which inspired her to pursue a career within the SEN Sector.
In September 2013 Jess was appointed as an NQT within Merefield with a further appointment in September 2014 as a permanent member of staff.
During the academic year 2014/15 Jess was the lead co-ordinator for a collaborative science project involving all special schools’ within Sefton. This project was funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust ( PSTT ).
During the course of this project the work that Jess was doing with regards to science teaching within the SEN sector was recognised and she was put forward to be accepted as a Fellow of the PSTT.
In May 2016 Jess Bolton was successfully accepted as a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). This in itself is an outstanding achievement – only 25 teachers each year are accepted as Fellows and Jess is only the second teacher to be accepted from the SEN sector.
Headteacher Sue Clare, said: “For Jess to receive such a prestigious, national award after only three years of teaching is an amazing achievement for both herself and Merefield School as it clearly demonstrates the support and CPD that Jess has received during the past three years.
“Words cannot express how proud I am of Jess and this achievement and how excited I am by the future opportunities this partnership with the PSTT will create here at school”.