A BELOVED and dedicated primary school teacher has been awarded The Gainsborough Standard’s Teacher’s Rose after 30 years of service.
Mr Phil Turner from Charles Baines Primary School, Gainsborough, was nominated for the rose for ‘making a real difference to generations of children.’
We went along to the school to take Mr Turner by surprise and present him with his award.
“This is such a lovely surprise,” he said. “It makes me feel really good and it’s brilliant to be appreciated for what you do.”
Mr Turner said that he started teaching 30 years ago to really make a difference to young people.
“I just enjoy working with children,” he said. “It’s fantastic that you can make such a big difference in their lives and it’s never boring is it? Every day is different and the kids here are great and always really responsive.”
“You’ve got to be their friend as well as their mentor. We have a lot of fun together because the kids have to enjoy themselves at school and they have to be happy.”
He continued: “I’ve taught several generations of pupils now. I teach the children of children who came to school here years ago and it’s really good to see them grown up and starting families of their own - but it can be very strange on parents’ evening when you remember talking to their parents about them!”
He was nominated by Rachel Hardy whose children are taught by him now and whose husband Carl Malone is also a fomer pupil.
“Mr Turner taught my partner and his brother when they were young and he had an incredible impact on their lives,” she said.
“He went above and beyond the call of duty for them, not only at school but out of school as much as he could too. I know that since they were at the school in the 80s he has continued to have an incredible relationship with the children he works with. My son, daughter and niece attend the school at the moment and all three of them agree that Mr Turner is the best.”
She added: “All in all Mr Turner has taught and touched countless children’s lives over the years and probably doesn’t even realise the impact the small but thoughtful things he does for each individual child has had on their lives. He deserves this more than any other teacher we know.”
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