Science teacher is recognised as ‘teaching hero’



Christopher Holgate, Curriculum Leader for Science and Engineering at Pendleton Sixth Form College, has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Distinction’. As part of the ‘Teacher Hero Awards, 2017-18’ presented by Aberystwyth University.

Chris was nominated by former student, Abbijade Reid, who now studies English Literature at the university.

Abbijade said in her nomination: “Although not an English teacher himself, Chris kept me motivated throughout my three years at Pendleton whilst I studied science. He believed in me when I did not and without him I would not be where I am now!

“I am incredibly grateful for everything he’s done for me and I believe that he should be nominated for all his hard work.”

Students at the university were asked to nominate the college teacher who made the most significant difference to their educational journey.  The university then selected outstanding nominees to be given awards.

Chris taught Abbijade physics during her two year applied science course and was her personal tutor. Chris had also drastically reduced the private tutoring costs only for Abbijade.

Chris said: “Abbijade was one of the most delightful students who I have had the pleasure to teach.

“It is great to see that she is flourishing at university and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to make such a positive impact on her college life.”

Head of Department for Science, Chongwei Chua said: “I am very proud to have Chris in the science department.  As a highly skilled physics teacher, his classes have consistently performed well. Due to the high level of support and motivation received.

“This award is a fitting recognition of all his efforts in enhancing the lives of the young people we serve.”

TNT Education

Photo Credit: Salford City College

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