HEADTEACHER Matthew Browne likens working at Temple Learning Academy to being part of a family - and the parents and grandparents agree.
That’s why Mr Browne, who is also overseeing building work at the school, has been nominated as one of our shining stars of the classroom.
Parent Emma Cosgrove, who has a five-year-old daughter Grace, said: “Without Mr Browne my daughter wouldn’t have a school to go to. He worked hard in his own time to make sure the school was opened in time. He gives so much of his time to make sure that all the parents and children are happy and have the best possible education on the small budget they have. Without Mr Browne my daughter would not have achieved so much.”
She added that despite being busy he always had time to speak to parents who need extra support at the Neville Road school.
It has been a very busy year for the academy, which only opened in September 2015 to 50 reception children.
Mr Browne, who was shocked to be nominated as a shining star, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, we’ve got amazing kids and grandchildren and parents. We have had an amazing first year. We have a new building going up beside us so that’s been really exciting. One day you’re wearing a builder’s hat, and another day you’re wearing a teacher’s hat and the next day you’re wearing a headteacher’s hat. We’re like a big family. That is one of the luxuries of starting a school from scratch really.”
The winner of our inspiring teachers competition will be announced later this week.