School receives national award

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CHAMPAGNE corks popped at Hemsworth Arts and Community College when it received an award from the Defence Secretary.

Business manager at the school, Rachel Brannan, has been a Reservist with the 4th Yorkshire Regiment for more than 20 years.

And the college has now been recognised for the support it gives to Reservists - volunteers who give up their time to train and serve alongside the armed forces - with a certificate from Philip Hammond MP and the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.

The award recognises the support and assistance the school gives to employees who volunteer their time to serving their country.

Principal Pamela Massett, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way and are very proud to support the Reserve Forces.

“Not only do Reservists provide a vital role to our armed forces, but the students and our employees also benefit enormously from the transferable skills they learn, particularly in decision-making, leadership and team work.”

Thirty thousand Reservists across the UK serve in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines, the Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

The award, which is one of only 80 given out across the county each year, was presented by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers (SaBRE) campaign director Richard Lenton.

Mr Lenton said: “Becoming a Reservist can benefit businesses by developing vital life and management skills for their employees, from motivation, self-discipline and confidence to organisation and leadership.”