Top award for caring Alana

A teacher at Steyning Grammar School has won a national award for her care of boarding pupils.

Alana Davidson has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award at the annual Boarding School Association conference dinner.             

The award marks the contribution of someone from the ‘boarding family’, across the independent, state and prep school boarding sector. It is named in honour of Stephen Winkley, former headmaster of Uppingham and Rossall, and former BSA chair, and this year’s winner was selected from the nominations by Tony Little, former head teacher at Eton College.

Mrs Davidson said: “I am both honoured and humbled to receive this award especially as it represents input across the whole Boarding sector, State and Independent, both of which consistently provide excellent support and education to the young people in their care. I am extremely grateful to the Boarding team at Steyning Grammar School and to its visionary Headteacher, Nick Wergan, without whose unmitigated support I could not have achieved this. My hope for the future is for more cross-fertilisation between the two sectors so that schools can share their areas of outstanding practice with each other, thereby enriching national Boarding provision even more.’

Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive of the Boarding Schools’ Association, which presents the annual Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award, said: “Alana epitomises everything that is great about good, modern British boarding – passionate, professional and deeply caring about the welfare of young boarders. She is a very worthy winner of the Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award after a long career serving and supporting the boarding school community.”

Nick Wergan, Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School, said:”I am delighted for Mrs Davidson and she thoroughly deserves both the award and our thanks for her dedicated support for Steyning Grammar School boarding. Our commitment to boarding is at the heart of our school and our Steyning Family ethos, and Alana has played a key role over many years in ensuring it is both the best provision it can be, and that our boarders’ time at Steyning is both happy and enriching. “

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