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Proud of Barnsley, Proud of Greenacre

28 Oct 2019   |   Diane Greaves, Executive Principal   |   Greenacre School

Barnsley is a town that is incredibly proud of its community, its culture, and all the positive things that this town stands for. A highlight of the calendar in Barnsley are the ‘Proud of Barnsley’ awards, an annual celebration that builds on this town’s shared pride for our community. The award shines a light on those who make a difference and who go that little bit further to help others.  By recognising these contributions, the award provides the foundations to inspire others and reminds the people of Barnsley that nothing should prevent them from realising their aspirations.

This year, we at Greenacre School are excited to have reached the final selection stage for not one, but two key awards! 

David Winnard has been nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the ‘Children’s Champion’ category.  David first came to belong to the Greenacre family as the parent of a pupil who was admitted to the school seven years ago.  Beginning his career as a school-meals support assistant and relief teaching assistant, David soon found his niche as the children’s champion through his work with the Greenacre’s most complex and vulnerable young people, including those with life-limiting conditions.

As a result of his priceless contribution David soon progressed to take up a permanent role within the school.  These days, in order to maximise his impact on as extensive a group of children as possible, David works as many hours as we can persuade him to work each and every day!  David’s pace and commitment take everyone’s breath away and he works with tireless enthusiasm.

Nothing is ever too much trouble for David Winnard!  He will do anything and everything in his power to make sure he is getting it right for our young people – whether that be in relation to their emotional wellbeing, their positioning in equipment, in fact any aspect of their care.  David is a true gentleman who epitomizes Greenacre values and ethos – we couldn’t manage without our very own ‘Children’s Champion!’

In addition to David’s exceptional achievements, we are incredibly proud to share with you the news that Greenacre School has been shortlisted for Barnsley ‘School of the Year’.  Built on unity and cohesion and underpinned by our seven values of ‘Nurture, trust, dignity, respect, aspire, together and pride,’ the Greenacre family is an incredibly special place to be and an asset to the community of Barnsley.

As the only generic special school in the borough, Greenacre provides inspirational and truly personalised learning opportunities for 331 of Barnsley’s most vulnerable and complex young people.  Learning at the school is socially inclusive, caters for the individual needs of all pupils, promotes independence and ensures that our young people are well-prepared for adulthood.

Our holistic and deeply child-centered approach however, would not exist without the commitment and hard work of the most inspiring group of staff.  Working at Greenacre challenges, surprises, inspires, motivates and is an exceptionally fulfilling role.  Our work family supports young people to grow, to flourish and to reach their full potential and being a part of this amazing school is our privilege. We are proud of our community and exceptionally proud of Greenacre School.


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