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Karen Sorab Awards 2019

26th July 2019

Staff member receiving award

Over the last week of term we held the annual Karen Sorab Awards. As we are expanding as an organisation, so do the awards. This year there were four pupil winners in the following age categories; 5-11, 12-16, Sixth Form and Post-19. Along with the pupil winners there were four staff winners aligned to our four values of proud to challenge, committed to ABA, respectful and dedicated to delivering excellence.

The awards were handed out in a series of assemblies at the various services with the staff awards being handed out on the last day of the year.


The 5-11 category was won by a pupil in Park House pupil for showing great determination on a daily basis. He can now communicate with staff requesting things he likes as well as seeking social interaction for comfort, enjoyment and help.


This category was won by another Park House School pupil for showing a huge improvement in his behaviour this year. He transitions well around the school and is a happy and cheerful pupil. He is an asset to our school.

Sixth Form

The winner of the Sixth Form category has mastered many targets and has worked on his transitioning. He is a star student at work experience and his social skills have improved so he now interacts with and plays games with his peers.


Student receiving his award


The Post-19 category was awarded to a student who has shown great determination and perseverance in her communication and targets. She has settled really well into life at Post-19 and shows a great aptitude for art, as well as building relationships with those around her. She is an incredible, strong-willed, affectionate and good-humoured young lady and is a great character to have at the service.

Proud to Challenge

The proud to challenge award went to Laura Maasland (SaLT). Since joining, Laura has been a great asset to the school. She is not afraid to challenge and in confident in making decisions which are for the good of the pupils. She goes the extra mile to listen to parents’ views and is willing to get stuck in and visit pupils in their homes to make sure communication devices work at both home and school. Laura is caring, polite, enthusiastic and forward thinking and she has helped give children a voice.


The award for being respectful was given to Sarah Dominic (Qualified Teacher). Sarah is a true example of a role model and someone who represents our values. She goes above and beyond in her role as a teacher and is always helping others- with a smile on her face! We are very lucky to have Sarah as part of our organisation; she is committed and always wants the best for the pupils. She focuses on individual’s strengths and is dedicated to changes people’s negative attitudes towards autism and learning disabilities. Even though she is so busy, she always finds time to help others and put them before herself

Staff member receiving award

Committed to ABA

Rhian Mitchell (ABA Supervisor) won the award for being committed to ABA. Rhian is an inspiration and a perfect role model for how an employee should be. She demonstrates time and time again her dedication and she ensure her staff are trained to the highest standard so they are outstanding. Rhian’s determination to see her pupils succeed is infectious and it is clear she wants and expects the best outcomes. She always treats pupils and staff with dignity and demonstrates great compassion for the job she does. Rhian is proactive in ensuring all challenges are met with solutions and she is now famous for her ‘protocols’ which have ensured excellent practice across the organisation.

Dedicated to Delivering Excellence

Sarah Larner (ABA Supervisor) won the award for being dedicated to delivering excellence. Sarah has worked incredibly hard over the past year to make sure Early Years runs smoothly and so parents get the most out of the service. She manages a happy team who all love coming in and running the sessions. Sarah is always available to train tutors in order for them to gain experience and her level of expertise has improved the lives of many children and parents. She promotes integrity within her team and is always ready to support whoever is in need. She is an amazing leader and colleague.

Staff member receiving award

Congratulations to all of our winners and everyone who was nominated!

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