Former Brechin High School head cited for "outstanding" contribution to teaching of physics

A former Brechin High school head teacher has been recognised for his dedication to physics by the professional body which represents the scientific subject.

By
Mark Dowie
Saturday, 22nd January 2022, 7:00am
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Stephen Dempsey was among the winners who received this year’s Teacher of Physics Award from the Institute of Physics.

Mr Dempsey, who was head of the high school for 10 years, was praised for his enthusiasm for his subject, as well as for teaching both in school and via a range of extra-curricular activities.

His citation said: “Steve is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about his subject. His students frequently praise the quality of his lessons, appreciating his dedicated and caring approach.

"He makes skilled use of practical work, and he enhances the learning experience for students of all abilities.

“His lessons foster curiosity about science and physics, and he goes the extra mile to capture students’ imagination.

"He is actively involved in a rage of extra-curricular activities with pupils, leading school trips and other activities.

"Steve is very committed to helping colleagues, and his coaching of early career teachers has been invaluable.

"He has taken responsibility to lead the Physics Teacher Support Group in Aberdeenshire and provided outstanding service to its programme, as well as to other professional organisations.”

Mr Dempsey’s 43-year career began in 1978 and he became the head teacher of Brechin High School in 2004, a post he held for 10 years.

He returned to the profession, first as a supply teacher, and then permanently at Forfar Academy before teaching at Portlethen Academy for three years and now Turriff Academy.

Mr Dempsey said: “I feel honoured and humble that this is how my peers in the profession regard me and my contribution to physics, teaching not just in school but in the professional subject network group as well.

“I am very pleased and delighted to be recognised. I enjoy what I do and being in the classroom.

"It’s all very positive. I have had a lot of congratulations from staff and pupils at Turriff Academy.”

As an award winner Mr Dempsey has received a Caithness glass paperweight and a cash prize.

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