Pupils and staff at William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) are celebrating after one of their teachers was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours List. Marie Lomas has been awarded the BEM for services to education and to the community in Manchester.
Marie began working at WHGS in 1998 and spent ten years teaching all age groups in the preparatory department. In 2008, she decided to concentrate on improving the uptake and profile of sports and games and, as such, became a PE teaching assistant for the whole school.
Marie is also committed to ensuring that every single child – regardless of their ability – is able to participate in sport. This has involved taking a team of children with special educational needs to certain competitions who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to represent their school.
Marie Lomas said:
“I am overwhelmed by this award. My thanks go to all my colleagues – young and old – who I have had the privilege of working with.”
Congratulating Marie on her award, Peter Mulholland, Principal of WHGS, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled for Marie that she has received this prestigious award. Marie’s commitment to our pupils is immeasurable. She has always gone above and beyond for them to ensure they all have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy sports. She has given up much of her time taking students to sporting events and competitions across the North West and is often the last person in the school building. Her boundless enthusiasm, dedication, positivity and love of physical activity are an inspiration to our staff and students.”