Cromer teachers inspired by former hostage

Just Regional
Sep 13, 2016 2 mins read
Staff from Cromer Academy received awards from former hostage Terry Waite at a special event to mark the new school year.

Nina Torin and Jimmy Morrison from the school were among the winners of Inspiration Awards at the event for teachers and support staff from the Inspiration Trust academy family, held at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Thursday, September 1.

During the awards ceremony, which recognised excellence across all the schools, the winners were presented with trophies by Mr Waite and Inspiration Trust chairman Sir Theodore Agnew in recognition of their fantastic contributions to school life.

Mr Waite – who was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987 while negotiating the release of other prisoners – addressed the 800-strong audience and explained the circumstances of his capture and the torment of his near five-year ordeal.

But he also talked about his work since release, including working with schools and prisons where young people can be at risk of radicalisation.

He told the audience that schools are key to preventing the spread of fundamentalism and terror.

“There are many young people looking for something to believe in,” he said. “This is an increasingly complicated and confusing world, and as teachers you have a very important role in guiding young people, and helping them see the things that bring us together. We are all part of one human race, and that is a very important thing to remember.”

The event also heard from Sir Theodore and chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza about the last 12 months and plans for the future.

Dame Rachel told staff that the trust had been named as the top school group in the country at secondary level, and encouraged them to aim for even greater achievements in the new school year.

The day rounded off with a chance for staff to meet and swap ideas with colleagues from schools across the trust, across 40 group sessions held at nearby Jane Austen College.


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