TWO members of staff from Uxbridge College are recognised in the Lockdown School Heroes award scheme launched by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

They went have the extra mile to support and motivate students during the pandemic.

Patricia Hetherington and James Smith are lecturers in the media department and were nominated by a student.

Miss Hetherington provided engaging and informative lessons as teaching went remote, creating step-by-step walkthrough videos for students.

She also checked on all of her students’ wellbeing with regular one-to-one catch ups, as well as creating a class group-chat.

Mr Smith was a technician at the college before the pandemic struck but took on the role of lecturer when some of his colleagues became ill.

Described by his students as a “human robot who knows everything and can fix anything”, he also delivered in-depth educational videos during remote learning and worked hard to ensure a safe space once students returned to class.

Both lecturers were awarded a certificate from the Foundation, a letter from Sir Jack and a special face mask to congratulate them on going the extra mile to help students in the lockdown.

The Foundation has provided £898,000 in funding for schools and youth clubs since it began operating in Hillingdon.