Many of you will remember Barbara Steele MBE who had a long association with Tarporley High School when she began working here as a volunteer and then was employed from 1974 until her sudden death at the end of the Autumn Term 2011. In agreement with members of her family, the school wanted to remember her by creating a special award known as The Barbara Steele Award, which would be awarded to a student for actions that reflected her community values and for all that Barbara stood for.
This first winner of this award was Sam Windsor, a Year 13 student who has shown exceptional commitment throughout his time at Tarporley both in terms of his studies and his involvement within the local community.
- He has been an active member of the Student Council throughout his time at Tarporley and most recently, in the 6th Form Council, has made a significant impact to school events including the Christmas Market and the 6th Form Coffee Morning.
- He has always been heavily involved in our school productions. As a musician, Sam has taken a lead role to support staff with the Musical and Technical organisation of the performances.
- His role within our High School Carol Service has always been significant but has increased tremendously throughout the years to the extent that, whilst in Year 11, in the absence of one of the key members of staff, Sam stepped in and pretty much organised the whole event! He was a regular reader at the school Carol Services.
- Sam’s faith has also inspired him to contribute to the local community in a huge way. 2-3 nights a week, Sam attends Tarporley Methodist church to support with the service; he organises the fête on behalf of the church and also runs the local youth group.
- On top of all of this, Sam is a wonderful support to staff at Open Evenings and to lower school students when he volunteers within curriculum lessons.
The photograph shows Sam and Barbara’s daughter, Claire with the award and Barbara with her MBE.