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Susan puts youngsters first with free school meals

15 Oct 2020

Our lovely Miss Galley received a phone call on the first day back to school in September from The Barnsley Chronicle explaining that she had been nominated multiple times for a Proud of Barnsley Award. She was nominated for going above and beyond during lockdown and making sure our families were safe and well. She also delivered food vouchers to those who couldn’t access the internet. Sue was then invited to do an interview with Barnsley Chronicle and this was published in the paper.

Featured in the Barnsley Chronicle – 15/10/2020

A Safeguarding Officer at a school in Kendray who ‘put her students first’ during lockdown has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley Award for delivering school food vouchers.

Susan Galley, from Birdwell, has been recognised for her selflessness when schools were forced to close amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The 54 year old who has worked at The Forest Academy for more than 12 years, worked throughout the lockdown visiting pupils, delivering free school meal vouchers and making welfare checks.

Susan believes it’s all in a day’s work and that it was important offer additional support to families during lockdown.  She told the chronicle: “I’ve been working pretty much non-stop, even through the lockdown. In my job, I develop quite a motherly role with the pupils so I wanted to do my bit to make the transition as smooth as possible. I live on my own, so it was good for me to get out and do my bit, but everyday I missed being with the great kids at our school”.

Susan has been praised by parents who appreciated her welfare during a time when they were most needed.  “I absolutely love the parents at out school, they are the backbone of our community. I wanted to make sure I was doing as much as I could to support families which is why I thought that the food vouchers were so important. On our first day back for the new term,  I had one little girl come up to me with a box of chocolates calling me her ‘lockdown hero’ and it brought a tear to me eye. That is what it is all about, for me to help others”.

Susan’s tireless efforts have bagged for a nomination as Children’s Champion at this year’s proud of Barnsley awards.  “I’m really chuffed to be recognised like this, it is something I never expected. I have worked at this school for 12 years and I love it just as much now as when I first started. The children are fantastic. To be nominated, especially this year has made me very emotional. Thank you everyone for your support.”


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