Millthorpe teacher nominated for Community Pride Award

A teacher at Millthorpe is ‘proud and surprised’ to receive a nomination in the Teacher of the Year category of the York Community Pride Awards. John Bates, who is Assistant Head with responsibility for teaching and learning, was nominated by several students from his GCSE Business Studies groups, a subject which he introduced to the school when he joined in 2013.

“I am incredibly touched to be put forward for this award,” he commented. “It means a lot to be nominated by students themselves. I love my job and working with young people to bring out the best in them, so it’s lovely to know you’re making a difference. But, all of my colleagues (teachers and support staff) do this every day too and are equally deserving of an award. There are so many great teachers here at Millthorpe and across the city of York, who give so much to help young people learn and progress, and I feel privileged to work with them.

“I love coming to work each day and being in the classroom with students, who are so full of life and enthusiasm. Teaching is a great profession and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

“We’re all very proud that someone at Millthorpe has received this nomination,” added Headteacher Trevor Burton. “It is always very rewarding when young people themselves tell us how much they value the hard work and commitment that teachers put in each day.”

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