When we launched the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award back in 2009, we had no idea just how popular it would become – and also how it would impact on our winners too.
Tracey Padgham, a Senior Science Technician from Cavendish School on the sunny South coast in Eastbourne was our very first winner. A popular winner and highly regarded by her colleagues, her nominator for our Award said ‘At Cavendish we’re constricted by the curriculum – Tracey is only restricted by her imagination.’ How right he was.
We’ve kept in contact with Tracey over the years – bumping into her at the National Science Learning Centre (NSLC) in York from time to time, and she’s even been on the judging panel for our Awards. But when we caught up with her at the Gratnells stand at the National Technicians Conference in July, she had some exciting news to share – she was off to the Cayman Islands. Yes, she’d just landed a top job as Senior Science Technician at one of the few schools on the island. ‘I was told that there had been loads of applications for this post’ (we wonder why!?) ‘and that the school only employs you if they think you’re really good. So I think the profile of being the winner of the Gratnells Science Technician of the Year – and all the CPD I’ve done through the NSLC – has stood me in very good stead!
As soon as she was settled in to her new role, she sent us a photo and a message. ‘Here’s me with a rum and coke raising a glass (sadly not in my Gratnells mug I got in York, which got broken in transit) to celebrate my new job. Thank you Gratnells for your help.’
Here’s to you Tracey!