‘Inspirational approach’ nets Jo a prestigious award

Jo Ballatine receives her award
Jo Ballatine receives her award

A member of staff at the Royal Latin School has been honoured with a major European award.

Jo Ballatine received the 2016 Schools Engagement Award following her hard work in developing the school’s 600 Campaign, which led to the building of The Discovery Centre and will soon transform the school’s sixth form and sporting facilities.

Jo, whos is the school’s director of development, was presented with the award at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education conference in Brussels in September.

The award recognises individuals that have led an innovative programme to successfully and measurably enhance relationships for their school and community.

Headteacher David Hudson said: “I am delighted to see that all of Jo’s wonderful work has been recognised by such a prestigious body.

“The success of the 600 Campaign is built on her inspirational approach, hard work and ability to bring a vast range of supporters, new and old, to the school’s aid.

“She normally likes to play down her own role so it is right and proper that her outstanding work is, for once, highlighted.”

Jo said: “It is the first time that fundraising and development in a UK state school has been recognised in this way, so is a big tribute to the success of the 600 Campaign and everyone at RLS who is contributing to it.

“It is incredibly rewarding to know that our achievements are being honoured in this way.”

John Bercow MP, lead patron of the RLS 600 Campaign, said: “Jo is a true asset to both education and fundraising.

“I am delighted to see her win this award in recognition of her considerable efforts and the very real impact they are having on the school community and beyond.”