Coventry’s longest serving teachers recognised for services to education

The awards were not exclusive to teachers, with cleaners and lunchtime supervisors amongst those being recognised.

Some of Coventry’s longest-serving school teachers have been honoured for their commitment to the profession with special awards.

The Romero Catholic Academy, which consists of secondary school Cardinal Wiseman and seven other Catholic primary schools, gave out the awards at its ‘Romero Celebrates’ event, held at the Rialto Plaza in Coventry. 

Every member of staff who had served in education for more than 25 years, whether they were a teacher, cleaner, or lunchtime supervisor, was recognised.

Nine staff members from Cardinal Wiseman, five from St John Fisher, four from St Gregory’s, two each from Good Shepherd and the Romero Academy, and one each from Corpus Christi, Ss Peter and Paul and St Patricks all received awards.

Gordon Rutherford, a languages teacher at Cardinal Wiseman, received an award after an incredible 42 years of teaching at the school.

He said: “I started in 1977 when Cardinal Wiseman was still a boys’ school. There have been some big changes during that time, but I’ve loved every minute of it.

“I’ve made great friends in the staffroom over the years, and I’ve loved working with all the children, their parents and families. 

“It’s such a rewarding profession, and I’d encourage younger people to enter into teaching despite some of the challenges associated with the job.

“I’m really happy to have received this award, and although I’ve been doing this for 42 years, I still think I’ve got a few years left in me yet.”

In a speech before the awards were given out, Yvonne Salter Wright, Vice-Chair of the Romero Catholic Academy, praised the staff for their commitment to Catholic education in Coventry.

She said: “When looking at those who were presented with the awards, you can see displayed in their work our Romero values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence.  

“They have brought all their experience and skill through their careers and are deploying it now in their work within our Romero family.”

The Romero Celebrates event was set up as a way of rewarding all the staff who have worked together since the Romero Catholic Academy was created in 2015.

Patrick Taggart, Business Director of the Romero Catholic Academy, added: “The Romero Celebrates event was arranged to acknowledge the great work of all of our staff over the last few years.

“It was a fantastic day, and it was especially nice to see our longest-serving staff receive their awards. They have all done so much for education in Coventry and they all deserved to be recognised.”