Best in Education: Best lunchtime assistant - Amy Mulrooney of Totley Primary School

Best Lunchtime Assistant Aw3ard - Amy Mulrooney of Totley Primary School
Best Lunchtime Assistant Aw3ard - Amy Mulrooney of Totley Primary School
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Lunches are just lovely at Sheffield’s Totley Primary - thanks to the school’s new cook, Amy Mulrooney.

Amy won the award for best school lunchperson after being nominated by her headteacher, Chris Stewart.

Chris said Amy had transformed meal times at the school since taking on the cook’s job last November.

“I’d had a number of complaints over the quality, choice and portion sizes from pupils and parents before Amy took over - but I’m now receiving much more positive comments,” he said.

“She’s made improvements to make sure meal times are a very good experience for our children.

“Amy is very well liked by children and staff and cares passionately about the service she gives in the dining room.

“And she regularly goes out of her way to help us out and gives up her own time to take part in whole-school events,” Chris added.

Amy said the turnaround had been brought about with the help of her staff who helped her prepare tasty meals every day.

“I started off as a pot washer at Dore Primary before coming to Totley as an assistant cook.

“When I became head cook I brought in something of a new broom and it needed it. It’s about listening to the children and giving them what they want.

“We work as a team and it seems to have made an impact,” she added.

Also making the final shortlist were Denise Clayton from Gleadless Primary and Lillian Naylor from Sheffield Springs Academy.

Lillian, aged 67, was praised for her 32 years of dedicated service in city schools which had included her job being out-sourced and changed on more than one occasion.

She had recently retired to save other younger staff from losing their jobs, the ceremony heard.

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