The late Dr Stephen Winkley, former Headmaster of Uppingham and Rossall, and a former Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), was passionate about boarding. He strongly supported boarding in all its facets, from those young people who board to the staff who work so hard to provide outstanding pastoral care.
In 2015, the BSA decided to launch an annual Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award recognising the outstanding contribution of someone from the boarding community. Aimed not at Heads, but boarding staff on the front line, the first winner was Ed Coetzer, then a housemaster at Lord Wandsworth College.
The 2016 winners were Elena and Matthew Nichol from Wellesley House School, followed in 2017 by Alana Davidson, long-standing champion of boarding at Steyning Grammar School in Sussex. In 2018, the award winner was Margaret Baverstock from Felsted School.
Alison Bridge from Ludgrove was crowned the 2019 winner at the BSA Annual Conference for Heads in London in May. The judge was taken with the words of Alison’s pupils who felt that she really cared for them and always went the extra mile to support them.
“We are delighted the BSA Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award has been created to honour the service of someone from the boarding family.”
Explaining the importance of the award, BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher said: ‘Too often when we mention boarding the focus goes on pupils or headteachers, which is of course wonderful. But the real key to successful, caring boarding is the contribution of countless, dedicated, hard-working and professional boarding staff. The pastoral care and support they provide is incredibly important and yet so often unseen.
‘That’s why we are delighted the BSA Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award has been created to honour the service of someone from the boarding family and we are delighted to announce the winner of the 2019 award.’
Photo: Award winner Alison Bridge with sponsor Russell Speirs from RSAcademics
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