Bruton School head for special GSA award  

The Girls’ Schools Association (‘GSA’) has awarded its annual ‘Sheila Cooper Award’ to Nicola Botterill, headmistress of Bruton School for Girls in Somerset.

The Sheila Cooper Award is presented in recognition of outstanding and significant contribution to the GSA by a recently appointed head teacher.

GSA president, Alice Phillips, said: “We wished to recognise Nicky’s work on the Professional Development Committee and her role as national GSA representative to the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel, which is responsible for accrediting teachers through their first year of teaching. It’s a prestigious scheme which supports newly qualified teachers starting their careers in the independent sector.

Nicola added that she was genuinely taken aback and delighted to receive the accolade:
I firmly believe that offering teachers support and opportunities to develop professionally are key to ensuring the quality of our profession’s workforce, and thus to impact most positively on pupils’ learning.  But my work for the GSA would not be possible without the full support of all of the staff within school, and as such, is an award for everyone at Bruton School for Girls.

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