Play Co-ordinator Wins Honour of Making an 'Outstanding Contribution'

Rachel Murray portrait Blue Coat school

Learning through purposeful, creative and engaging play has been on a rapid upwards curve over the past couple of years at Blue Coat. In this time, we have won nationally recognised awards putting the school in the top 10 of play providing institutions in the country. It would seem unlikely that we could go much further right now... or could we?

Last Thursday, we were overjoyed to learn that Blue Coat's Play Coordinator, Mrs Murray, was awarded the title of Inspiring Educator in the Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom awards! The national award saw Mrs Murray contend against the biggest group of nominees in the existence of the award.

Following a shortlisting of only 4 worthy play experts by LOtC judges, and then facing the prospect of a public vote, Mrs Murray finished in first place and had her very own nerve-racking 'golden envelope' moment at the award ceremony in Birmingham.

Mrs Murray said, "I am over the moon to have won this award for my work at Blue Coat. Many thanks to all parents, PTA, Governors, family and friends for voting for me. I am lucky to have a wonderful job and I am passionate about bringing the children's play ideas to life at school."

We are delighted to have a nationally-recognised play expert working as a key member of staff in our school, further supported by a committed and talented Play Team.

A huge thank you to the parent and wider Blue Coat community for showing your appreciation when it mattered. Well done, Mrs Murray!

EDIT: The Gazette found the item to be newsworthy too - read their article here.