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Finchley Staff Win Awards

Dr Meally and Mrs Nash were both declared winners in their respective categories at the Barnet Schools Awards this week.

Our wonderful Head of Chemistry, Dr Meally, received the award for 'Secondary Teacher of the Year' in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the learning of students. Mrs Nash, our fantastic Examinations Officer, received the 'Unsung Hero' award thanks to her tireless dedication to ensuring students are best served when sitting exams and collecting results.

We would like to congratulate our colleagues on their very well-deserved victories. The full testimonials can be found below.

Mrs Nash

Mrs Nash is an integral part of our success. Her support for students is unparalleled and goes beyond her remit. Students appreciate her empathy and knowledge of factors affecting their decisions; advising them against those which would not be cost effective or have their desired impact. This is particularly appreciated at such anxious times for parents and students.

On results days, Mrs Nash stays up all night to download results and produce early analysis for staff to advise students and support those going through clearing to secure their university choices. In the following days, she makes herself available, even when on annual leave, to process requests for scripts and marking reviews.

Mrs Nash is always willing to help others – she is the first port of call for other support staff who need help with a task and if she does not know how to do something, she will not rest until she does. Her expertise is also called upon to support other schools facing challenges and she gives unselfishly of her time.

Mrs Nash builds relationships with outside agencies and reads avidly so that she can draw our attention to emerging issues even those not directly related to her role. She is extremely proactive and shows strong knowledge of the issues affecting the school offering us valuable insights.

Dr Meally

Dr Meally is unique. His love of his Chemistry is inspirational and his students feel privileged that he is their teacher. He seeks opportunities tirelessly to nurture their love of Science: from visits to universities to speakers in school, to running competitions and supporting internships, Dr Meally’s mission to nurture his students’ skills and passion is unrelenting and he is admired for going the extra mile.

Dr Meally oversees a group of students known as ‘Meally’s Minions’ who he has inspired to develop a similar love of Chemistry; they are regular supporters of school events, assisting him as he showcases the joys of Chemistry to stakeholders. To support their academic progress, he set up an KS4 Advanced Skills Chemistry Programme exposing them to A level standard Chemistry experiments and helping to develop their oracy through presenting their findings.

He has overseen the Brilliant Club for many years, a programme aiming to increase the representation of key groups at selective universities and his ‘undergraduates’ demonstrate an impressive knowledge of their subject at a sophisticated level.

One of his lasting legacies will be the videos he painstakingly creates for each year group annually, highlighting their successes and achievements from the year.

Dr Meally is keen to develop all aspects of his students’ character – from running weekly problem solving seminars, to leading a lodge at the annual Y8 Outdoor Education week, to taking part in DoE expeditions and running 6th form ‘Oxbridge’ style interviews, he has boundless energy and commitment to the school.