Suited, booted and off to London 

Peter Consterdine (left) and Paul Carroll (centre) get measured for their suits.
Peter Consterdine (left) and Paul Carroll (centre) get measured for their suits.

Two members of staff at Essa Academy are heading to London this week for a glitzy awards ceremony, and a local suit maker is making sure they look the part.

Peter Consterdine and Paul Carroll, site caretakers at the academy, have had their hard work recognised by being shortlisted for Support Team of the Year at the Times Educational Supplement School Awards 2010.

The ceremony is taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, tomorrow (June 17), but the pair have already begun preparations, by having suits especially prepared for the occasion by Slater’s suit makers.

The company kindly offered to fit Peter and Paul with suits worthy of the occasion free of charge, in recognition of the years of great service they have given first Hayward School, and then the Essa Academy.

Peter Consterdine and Paul Carroll said: “It’s great to be recognised for all the work we put in and we are so proud to be nominated for the award. Having the suits fitted for us made it feel like we were off to a really special occasion and the staff at Slater’s treated us like proper celebrities.”

Showk Badat, Principal of the Essa Academy, explained why Peter and Paul were such strong candidates for the awards, saying: “Where Pete and Paul are concerned, everything is possible.  Without complaint they go out of their way to ensure that every single member of the academy is looked after and all their needs catered for. They are model employees and I’m proud to work with them”

“From the early morning when they open up the site, through the working day and late into the evenings, they represent the academy with a smile on their faces and a ‘can do’ attitude towards everything and anything.”

“They manage to work between eight buildings on a large site, carrying out routine maintenance and repairs, and are always on hand. Their skills are so widespread that they conduct the majority of internal and external painting and have recently been trained in how to replace broken windows.”

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “Peter and Paul have worked so hard behind the scenes at the academy, and it is great that this has been recognised with this nomination.

“I wish them the best of luck at the ceremony, and I’m glad to hear that they will be looking the part in their new suits.”

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