Headteacher wins top award

Mark Grogan with pupils at St George's
Mark Grogan with pupils at St George's
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A LOCAL headteacher has been unveiled as the winner of the NUT’s top award.

Primary head teacher Mark Grogan was announced this week as the winner of the National Union of Teachers’ 2014 OCLE (Outstanding Contribution to Local Education) winner.

The honour - which isn’t restricted to members of the union - was made at the branch annual meeting.

Assistant Divisional Secretary the National Union of Teachers Shirley Barnett said that Wigan NUT

Committee wanted to give formal recognition to someone from Wigan - whether a teacher, support assistant or volunteer and from any union - who had made an outstanding contribution to local education.

Staff in all Wigan schools were given the opportunity to nominate someone who showed “outstanding dedication, commitment and enthusiasm” resulting in great achievements.

His nominator Karen Parkin said that Mr Grogan, head at Tyldesley St George’s Primary, deserved the title because of his “outstanding” contribution to the borough’s sports education.

Mr Grogan began his career in Leigh in 2001 and has always been a keen advocate of ‘all sport for all children’.

He had worked tirelessly “for many years” both in and out of school to promote sports for local primary age pupils.

The Head was the founding member of the Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA) in 2011.

Since its inception it has enabled “hundreds of children of all abilities” to participate in games, matches, competitions, festivals and events in a wide variety of sports.

The NUT said that Mr Grogan was is a “valued colleague” to many teachers and a well-respected local Head. Ms Barnett said: “He is a great advocate for our children and an outstanding ambassador for

our profession.

“Moreover, he is an inspirational and well-loved teacher to the hundreds of pupils who have been in his care.”