We are delighted to report that Mr David Church (Teacher of Religious Studies) has won the Pupil (or Pupils’) Award for Best Teacher at this year’s Professional Teaching Awards Cymru. In a ceremony broadcast live on Sunday evening, Mr Church found out he would join the list of professionals across Wales who had won a prestigious award.

In commenting on Mr Church’s win the judging panel said that “David is a role model to many and puts full faith in his pupils to succeed as individuals. He has made a significant impact on their learning and wellbeing and takes great pride in their achievements, using creativity and innovation to make lessons more interesting. His determination in charity work and social action is particularly inspiring. He cares deeply about equality for all and instils a real sense of good moral values and social conscience in all his pupils. He is more than just a teacher; he is also a friend to all, and he personifies the unique qualities of a great teacher”.


Our Chair of Governors, Cllr Pauline Jarman, echoed these sentiments:

“I have known Dave Church since the first day he came to teach at MACS some 23 years ago. His caring attitude is reflected not only in his style of teaching but his encouragement to pupils to think of others less fortunate by fund raising for worthy causes, whilst, at the same time, pupils learn and gain a better understanding of the causes and effects of social deprivation. But he promotes positivity, despite the challenges. Children have won scholarships with Dave’s help, which enabled them to help build a school in Rajasthan in India.

“He also provides the opportunity for two sixth formers annually to visit Poland as the school’s Ambassadors to Auschwitz“.

“I supported Dave’s nomination and spoke to the judges when they visited the school some months ago, as did other colleague Governors. We had every expectation that Dave would be the worthy winner of the award for his record would be hard to match, let alone beat. Well done Mr. Church”.

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