Media release: Rachel’s pick of the bunch at STEM awards


A LOSSIEMOUTH teacher has scooped a national prize which celebrates her contribution to Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning.

Rachel Wolford, who is the depute head at Hythehill Primary, made the trip to London for the final of the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards, which took place in the House of Commons last week.

The ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching recognises Rachel’s ongoing commitment to the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths, which she’s shown through her involvement in STEM training for her colleagues across Moray.

After beating off stiff competition from other finalists to land the coveted top prize, Rachel said she was “thrilled, delighted, stunned and incredibly proud”.

Vivienne Cross, head of schools and curriculum development at Moray Council, said receiving the accolade was nothing less than Rachel deserved.

“I am delighted that Rachel has been recognised for the continuous work she does to promote STEM learning not only in her own school but across Moray by providing vital professional development for staff for a number of years.

“This accolade is well deserved and she should be justifiably proud of her achievement as we all are.”

The awards recognise and celebrate a range of inspirational teachers and technicians from across the UK.

Yvonne Baker, chief executive of STEM Learning, said: “We all remember our inspiring teachers, and how much of an impact they can have on our future aspirations.

“It is such an honour to celebrate the amazing teachers and technicians through the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards – every one of the nominees is a winner, and I know that each of them will continue to make a difference to young people’s lives across the UK.”

Simon Chaplin, director of Culture and Society at Wellcome, said: “Wellcome has been investing in the professional development of science teachers for nearly 15 years and is a proud supporter of Project ENTHUSE.

“It’s a great pleasure to hear about all the amazing things that the nominees and winners of ENTHUSE Celebration Awards are doing to inspire young people up and down the country.

“We want all children to be engaged by science from the early years onwards and see its relevance in their lives.”

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

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