Val’s delight at union honour for her work

Val Pownall, Shirley Barnett
Val Pownall, Shirley Barnett

A LEIGH woman has won a top award from the local branch of the National Union of Teachers.

Val Pownall from Bedford Hall methodist Primary School as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Local Education (OCLE) award.

Her nominators at Bedford Hall Primary School said today that Mrs Pownall had been heavily involved in the school’s eco-work over the last eight years, enabling the school to achieve Four Green Flag Awards. She has produced regular eco-newsletters for parents and carers and has organized plant sales for the local community.

Val is also the school’s Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship Governor and she has supported the school in achieving the Healthy Schools Award.

Mrs Pownall, who lives in Leigh, has helped on many school trips and also goes into Y2 every week to help the children develop their reading skills.As a committed Christian, Mrs Pownall always promotes Christian values and beliefs and she has developed links between the school and church community.

She has set up prayer spaces in school and has set up a prayer space for school in the chapel.

She is also a judge at the Bedford’s Got Talent competition, giving up many afternoons to conduct auditions for the evening performance.

Assistant Divisional Secretary Shirley Barnett said, “The 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 dedication, commitment and enthusiasm and Val Pownall was voted as this year’s very worthy winner.”