Wendy Lang Wins Stephen Winkley Award

We are delighted to share the news that Wendy Lang, Housemother of Colbourne House, has won the Stephen Winkley Award at this year’s Boarding Schools’ Association Awards.

The Awards celebrate the achievements, hard work and dedication of schools and individuals to boarding in both independent and state schools in 35 countries across the world.  Wendy was nominated for her tireless efforts in supporting our boarding students, particularly during the last 12 months with the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Hailing her as ‘a credit to her school and the boarding sector’, the judges said Wendy ‘did what committed, professional boarding staff do best in a crisis: stayed calm and carried on.’

Wendy said,

“I am absolutely thrilled to win this special award. There was tough competition from some of the top schools in the UK and to be thanked in such an amazing way is an honour. I was able to watch the ceremony surrounded by my boys in Colbourne House and we celebrated together.”

Deputy Head Pastoral Stuart Corrie was with Wendy when the results were announced.

“What Wendy has achieved in the last 12 months is absolutely extraordinary.  She has gone above and beyond what any of us could have imagined.  In true Wendy fashion it is just part of the job of providing the best possible experience for “her boys”. The Stephen Winkley Award is the longest running BSA award, established in memory of the renowned educationalist Dr Winkley and I am sure he would have agreed that Wendy is the epitome of dedication to the lives of boarders everywhere.”

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