A SCHOOL worker who always “goes the extra mile” has scooped a prize at the Leader Education awards 2024.

Kevin Whitehead, from Rhosnesni was named the Support Worker of the Year at the awards evening at The Village Hotel, St David’s in Ewloe on March 14.

This award recognises an individual within the school setting for their outstanding contribution in supporting pupils, students, teachers and the life of the school.

Judges were looking for a standout star of a school who consistently goes above and beyond and is an inspiration to others.

Kevin was described as a “strong presence” in the school's nurture team who “always goes the extra mile” for the school and to support pupils.

Kevin often works with some of the school’s most vulnerable pupils and has set up a gardening club to grow vegetables in the school garden, which has proved “very successful”.

He has also worked hard with the pupils and the local authority to establish a school sensory garden.

The pupils have engaged fantastically, gained confidence and learned many new skills.

Upon accepting the award, Kevin said: “I’m very proud of the school and the pupils, I’ve got to thank the staff at the school for their support, especially Nicola and Craig.

“This is all for the children and how hard they work. The garden teaches them new skills like teamwork and communication which is brilliant.

“I just love doing it, and it’s an ideal way of bringing the children together and working together.

“I also need to thank my wife Cathy for putting up with me constantly doing it as the plants always need feeding and watering, so she puts up with a lot.”

Other nominations for this award were Ceris Walker from Stiwdio Hafod and Mrs Brady from Ysgol Glanrafon, Mold.

Don't miss our souvenir supplement in this Thursday, March 28 Leader.