A new national achievement award for professionals who work in boarding has been won by a housemaster at a Hampshire school. Ed Coetzer from Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton was named as the first winner of the Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award. Ed was announced at the BSA Annual Conference for Heads dinner at the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday 6 May 2015.
The award has been introduced by the Boarding Schools' Associations (BSA), which represents around 500 UK boarding schools. It is named in memory of Stephen Winkley, former headmaster of Uppingham School and Rossall School, who died last year and the award marks the contribution of someone from the 'boarding family'.
Receiving his award from BSA vice-chair Leo Winkley, son of Stephen Winkley and head of St Peter's School York, Ed said he was 'honoured' to be the first winner. Ed Coetzer winner of the Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award said:
"I am passionate about working in boarding and supporting the amazing boys and girls in my boarding house. Seeing them develop and flourish through a strong and positive boarding experience is wonderful."
BSA National Director Robin Fletcher said:
"Thousands of professionals work tirelessly to provide boarding of the highest quality to over 75,000 students across the UK.
"The Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award recognises the outstanding commitment of boarding staff and we are delighted our first award has gone to such a worthy winner."
The Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award was sponsored by iSAMS who provide management information system for schools.