Primary school recognised for work with pupils with hearing difficulties

Nominees and winner of the Jane Gedge Awards at Westgate Primary School

Pictured: Grace Nixon (6) - Nominated, Teacher Trina Rankin - Nominated and Jack Cook (10) - winner ANL-161010-164100009
Nominees and winner of the Jane Gedge Awards at Westgate Primary School Pictured: Grace Nixon (6) - Nominated, Teacher Trina Rankin - Nominated and Jack Cook (10) - winner ANL-161010-164100009
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Two pupils with hearing difficulties and a teacher who helps them have been recognised in a new Suffolk–wide award scheme.

Jack Cook, 10, a pupil at Westgate Community Primary School, won a certificate and statuette for outstanding achievement whilst living with hearing difficulties.

Meanwhile, a second pupil, Grace Nixon, 6, and Westgate School’s Hearing Impairment Unit (HIU) co-ordinator, Trina Rankin, were both nominated in the new Jane Gedge Award.

The Jane Gedge Award recognises outstanding and inspiring achievement by people living with senory impairment and those working with them.

The Hearing Impairment Unit at Westgate Primary emplys seven teaching assistants who help pupils with hearing impairment integrate into daily school life through a range of services including signing.

Grace Nixon was nominated for ‘incredibly positive attitude’ after having a cochlear implant operation nine months ago.

Trina Rankin, who has worked at the school’s HIU for 18 years was nominated for ‘continuous dedication, passion and enthusiasm’ for her work with children with hearing impairment.

“I am immensely proud of both pupils, Trina, the hearing impairment unit and the wonderful work they do,at the school” said head teacher, Jim Cleave.

“Jack has excelled in both football, being chosen for Colchester Pre–Academy FC and the Cheslea Shadow Squad, whilst also being selected to audition for the Royal Ballet School in London.”

The new award was founded by former colleagues of, and in memory of Jane Gedge, who ran an Ipswich–based business which offered support services for the sensory impaired and their families.