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Greenwich's first ever Higher Level Teaching Assistant receives award

Bobbie McCabe won Support Staff of the Year for services to the community

Greenwich's first ever Higher Level Teaching Assistant has been honoured at a awards ceremony for staff and school governors who go the extra mile to educate children in the borough.

Bobbie McCabe, a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant at Cherry Orchard Primary in Charlton won the Support Staff of the Year award during a glitzy ceremony at Woolwich Town Hall.

The awards aim to honor teachers and support staff who ensure the children and young people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s primary and secondary schools get the best possible education.

Headteachers and chairs of governors are asked to nominate staff who had made an exceptional contribution to education and to the learning and well-being of their children.

In addition to being the first ever Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Greenwich, Bobbie leads the professional development programme for Higher Level Teaching Assistants for the London Assembly, including highly successful conferences, mentoring for aspiring Higher Level Teaching Assistants, and advice surgeries.

As well as seeking out new opportunities for children and new ways to support their learning, Bobbie also supports teaching from basic grammar to level 6 mathematics, leads a highly skilled team of additional adults, offering advice and encouragement to extend their learning as well as the children’s.

The judges said: “Bobbie contributes to every aspect of school life. Her vision and her skill make a huge difference for all of us in this community, not only at Cherry Orchard but across the whole educational community of Greenwich.”

The event was hosted by Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough, who said: “In Greenwich children are more likely to go to a good or outstanding school than in the rest of the country. We are really proud of that.”

To an audience that included teachers, support staff, governors, headteachers and councillors, Cllr Hyland added: “But, actually what is really important is that you are too. I know that school leaders and staff care passionately about providing the best possible education for our children. What I really admire is that you work together to achieve that.

“School-to-school support is working for Greenwich schools and Greenwich children. I am really pleased that, regardless of different governance arrangements, Greenwich schools continue to work together.”

List of winners:

Support Staff of the Year


  • Bobbie McCabe, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Cherry Orchard Primary

Highly Commended:

  • Jackie Bailey, Pastoral Manager, Harris Academy Greenwich
  • Margaret O’Hara, Learning Mentor, Greenacres Primary
  • Debbie Millward, Pastoral Manager, Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit

Teacher of the Year


  • Maxine Ferguson, Class teacher and subject leader (Humanities and Technology), Eltham Hill Secondary

Highly Commended:

  • Kelly Garrett, Class teacher and subject leader, Greenacres Primary
  • Laura Birkett, Class teacher, Boxgrove Primary
  • Louise Shields, Early Years Phase Leader, De Lucy Primary

Governor of the Year


  • Ian Taylor (former Chair of Governors), Mulgrave Primary

Highly Commended:

  • Anne-Marie Organ, Chair of Governors, Willow Dene Special School
  • Suzanne Clay (former Chair of Governors), Eltham Hill Secondary
  • Koyeli Solanki, Parent Governor, Harris Academy Greenwich

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