We are delighted to celebrate the success of two SMART teachers who have achieved recognition for their hard work from the Cornwall Teacher Awards. Mr Conroy, PE teacher at Liskeard School & Community College, and Mr Budd, PE teacher at saltash.net community school, were both nominated for Sports Teacher of the Year at the ceremony. The accolade was awarded to Mr Conroy, with Mr Budd receiving a “Highly Commended” recommendation.

Having both received nominations from students, Mr Conroy and Mr Budd were shortlisted to attend the ceremony at Truro Cathedral on Friday 4 May, where they received their awards.

In presenting the winners award to Mr Conroy, judges said:

“Ryan provides an increasing number of opportunities to his students. By giving up his lunchtime to help students, he shows that teaching is more than just an occupation to him – the students also clearly recognise this.Ryan goes above what is asked of him to ensure the success of his students.”

After the ceremony, Mr Conroy praised the hard work of the students he teaches.

“To all my amazing students, I owe this award to you. You are the motivation to all my aspirations. Your hard work, passion and resilience will inevitably lead to one thing – success. I am extremely proud of you all,” he said.

Saltash.net’s Mr. Budd had been nominated by Lucy Freeman, a Trainee Teacher who Mr. Budd mentored at the start of the 2017-18 school year. The nomination was supported by Year 9 students Jas Maddocks and Taylor Broome, who were both involved in the nomination video which was played at the ceremony.

“I feel very honoured and extremely grateful to have been nominated and shortlisted for Cornwall Sports teacher of the year at the Cornwall Teacher Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists who so clearly inspire their students and colleagues every day,” Mr. Budd said after the ceremony.

Judges noted the incredible work that Mr. Budd does at saltash.net.

“Dan displays selflessness in the work that he does. He represents himself as an empathetic teacher who seeks to empower his students through sport. It is clear that he understands the power of sport and how it can improve students’ passion in the classroom and, overall, improve their lives,” they said.

Massive congratulations to both and thanks for their hard work.



Mr Budd with his “Highly Commended” award


Sports Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Time to Move and presented by Marie Hunter to winner Ryan Conroy.