• The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year
  • Fairfield Farm College
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Westbury, Wiltshire

Rachel is an exceptional SEND PE practitioner at this college for students with learning and physical disabilities with “a rare gift to enthuse and motivate children and adults alike”.  A PE teacher of 30 years and a longstanding triathlete, she has changed many lives through her passion for the impact that physical activity can have on mental, physical and social health.  

What makes Rachel’s story special is that she was diagnosed in 2014 with a brain tumour. She not only overcame several significant challenges following this, but now proudly races for Team GB in Triathlon, demonstrating to her pupils what is possible in the face of adversity.  

Relentless in exploring new depths and determined to reach new heights, Rachel actively shares these aspirations and hope with her learners.  She has personalised life-skill courses such as ‘I can Lead’ to make them fully inclusive, and supports pupils with the most complex needs to develop communication skills, promoting independent learning. She always focuses on how something CAN be achieved, not on what might limit her learners.