Educate Awards 2017


Educate Awards 2017

Teacher of the Year

Mrs Ruth Partington

There is no privilege greater than to pick up the most coveted award in teaching, ‘Teacher of The Year’ at the prestigious Educate Awards 2017.

The star-studded event held at the Cathedral was packed with over 600 guests from across Merseyside, Wirral and Lancashire all hoping to pick up an award from the 21 categories.

 To win for the second year running is testament to the great work happening at the Academy. As winners of the career aspiration award last year we are delighted that our very own Mrs Partington topped a raft of truly amazing entries to be crowned queen of teaching in 2017. This recognises her outstanding, teaching, leadership and dedication to the students here. Well done Mrs P!

Here’s just some of the reasons she brought home that Educate tick


Ruth is one of the most dedicated teachers and leaders you will meet.  She is committed to making a difference to the students here at The Academy of St Nicholas and even when times get tough, she has remained truly loyal to her students. She is an outstanding teacher, a member of staff with a wicked sense of humour and most of all a belief that the best way to predict the future is to create it. She was responsible for The Academy of St Nicholas  beating the national average for A*/A in GCSE in 2016, excellent results at A Level, and for Connor, our Head Boy achieving 100% in his Maths AS and his subsequent application and success into a Russell Group University this year.

Her A-level booster classes begin on a Friday at 3 and finish at 7:30 with pizza and a smile. Even ex-students come back to pick her brains and prepare themselves for the many post 16 maths exams. We think she deserves “Teacher of the Year “and with her dedication she is certainly our teacher of the Academy.

Ruth is a perfectionist but most of all Ruth has a sense of core moral purpose and despite lots of opportunities to go elsewhere she has stayed true to her beliefs and her family here at St Nicks.

 “I came to TASN because this is the type of School I went to. I am these children here and I can change their lives and make sure they achieve.” Ruth Partington

When we asked Ruth why she hasn’t been tempted by offers to work in other schools she also said “The school is very much a family unit. We are all here to help the students and to support each other. If you are having a bad day then there is always someone to talk you. This is the type of school where you can really mould and develop students into being the best they can be; to encourage them to be the first one in their family to go to university or to go on to further education and apprenticeships.”

External reports state that teaching and learning in mathematics is strength of the school.

We are proud of Ruth for much more than success in Ofsted. We know that Ruth strives for every child in her care, she knows that getting a grade C for some students, and knowing that it will make a massive difference to their life chances is her driving aim. Getting the departments first A* at A level for a student who secured a place to pursue a masters at a Russell Group University is a true honour.

Our students are extremely loyal and they love Ruth’s high standards, high expectations mixed with her warmth and commitment to them. She sings and dances to maths songs to make learning fun. Ruth knows many students here at TASN have their own challenges, so when she wins them over and helps them to believe in themselves it makes everything worthwhile. We would be lost without her!

She is here for students till they want to go home any evening,  plans in trips to Liverpool University with year 12 students, coaches each student 1-1 any Saturday or Sunday in School  and even scaled  wall of terror in Colomendy during revision weekend, say no more!

Ruth says she still has a job to job to do in maths to make what is already becoming a beacon department in the school, recognised for excellence across the city, the highest attaining department in School. In 2016 the academy beat the national average for A*-A in maths with 9:8% achieving this compared to 8.1% across the Country.

She has recognised for the journey and for growing and developing her staff. The department is loved in school and student voice has consistently reported that the department is strong, organised and helps pupils to strive for their best. She is queen of a mixed bunch including groups of ages but makes sure they are a family; inspiring, motivating, teaching and leading the team through good times and through the tough times. At night she takes her high heels off and gets stuck into planning the best lessons ever till late into the evening.

“Even though we are different, we all care about the young people in our school and we all love maths!!!” Ruth Partington

“Gems like Ruth are rare and should be polished” Andrea St John Assistant Head of School

She is an inspiration and a character. To be rewarded with winner for best teacher is just the icing on the cake!!!

Thank you team St Nicholas

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