A teacher at a special needs academy has won a well-deserved award for her commitment to enterprising students just weeks before she is due to retire.
Alison Brown, who has worked a link teacher at Catcote Academy, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, for almost two decades, scooped a Young Enterprise Award.
She was given a certificate of special recognition for heroutstanding support for the development of enterprise within the school, helping students to set up their own small companies and develop them.
Her assistance to other link teachers and her dedication to the development of Young Enterprise was also recognised.
The award was presented at the Young Enterprise finals in the Marriott hotel at the Metro Centre on June 9,
The accolade perfectly rounds off 20 years work at the school for Alison.
She said: “I’ve been at the school for 18 years and in that time I’ve ran nine companies, each for two years. I don’t think anyone in the country has done that so I think that is why I was given this award.
“I’m so proud of the students’ achievements, their confidence comes out with these activities. The students get so excited about it.
“I get so much pleasure from helping the students and taking them out to sell their produce, it’s so lovely to see.”
She added: “I’m very, very proud of being recognised for doing the work, and it’s nice being recognised myself. They know I’m due to retire in four weeks and so they just wanted to thank me for the work I’ve done.”
Alison plans to spends her retirement relaxing and enjoying plenty of holidays.