DEDICATED members of the learning support team at New College Worcester (NCW) have been nominated for a prestigious prize in the 2018 Worcestershire Education Awards.

The awards, organised by the Worcester News in partnership with the University of Worcester, showcase those that inspire children.

The college is an independent school for students who are blind or partially sighted, based in Whittington Road, Worcester.

Heading up the team, Tracey Smith said she was “delighted” to have been put forward for the Support Staff of the Year Award.

She said: “I am amazed and delighted that the team have been nominated for an award.

“They work really hard and although we tend to do our jobs because we love them – it is really nice to be appreciated.

“The best part of working at NCW is the students and our roles of learning support assistants mean we can really get involved with students to make sure they are reaching their potential.”

Marketing manager Lorna Phillips said: “The learning support team are an inspiring group of dedicated, caring and talented professionals who provide learning support for young people at NCW who are all blind or visually impaired.

“Supporting subject teachers, working with students one to one and offering assistance with homework and independent study the 12 strong team individually give their all to their roles, turning their hand to all subjects when the need arises.

“Collectively, the ‘Hubsters’ are appreciated by staff and students alike as they go the extra mile to ensure that students at NCW achieve at the very best of their abilities. They are the backbone of the NCW community.”

To find out more about New College Worcester, visit or call 01905 763933.

To view the categories and to nominate an organisation or group, go to Entries close on Friday April 20.