Jack Petchey Leader Award 2018 - Katrina Nash
Katrina Nash is head of Performing Arts and Drama at St Charles Sixth Form College and she works tirelessly to ensure that the students she teaches - and students outside the department - get the best possible experience during their time in sixth form.
She is a really popular member of staff with the student population and with her colleagues alike. She takes a real interest in the students she is involved with whether that be her own tutor group, students studying performing arts/drama courses or students from cross-college activities. She goes out of her way to help and guide students and regularly gives up her own time in the evenings and weekends to support students with activities. To cite one of her tutees: “Ms Nash takes time to get to know us all personally and does everything she can to support us to achieve our best”. Another student stated that the Performing Arts Department “is a lively and vibrant area with a real close-knit community/family atmosphere.”
Every year Katrina directs the College’s Christmas Cabaret production, which involves over 40 students from across the College and includes students of all performing abilities, with others helping behind the scenes with costumes, lighting etc. so there is something for everyone to contribute to. The production is always of the highest professional standard and thoroughly enjoyed by students, parents and staff. What is particularly noteworthy is how the production challenges and supports cross-college students of all abilities including those with special educational needs to be the best they can be. The sense of achievement felt by students under her guidance and direction is enormous and their progress and progression reflects this. Katrina’s passion and enthusiasm is infectious, she is always cheerful and positive and her inclusive and energetic approach both motivates and empowers young people to develop confidence and leadership.
In the words of our College Principal, Elaine Taylor: “Katrina gives so much to the College community and I know how much staff and students value her, she would be a very worthy recipient of the Jack Petchey leader award.”
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