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Surbiton High School Teacher Wins Pearson Gold Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year 2014

Surbiton High School Teacher Wins Pearson Gold Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year 2014

Suzy Pett, an English teacher at Surbiton High School has won The Pearson Gold Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year 2014

Having won the Silver Award in this category earlier in the year she was invited to join the star studded Pearson Teacher of the Year Final which took place on Sunday, 26 October at London's Guildhall where she won the prestigious Gold Award. The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and former Head Girl of Surbiton High School watched as Suzy was given her award by Rachel Stirling.  

On receiving her award Suzy said:   "I feel really proud to have won this award - it is a great honour and one that I was not expecting. I feel lucky to work at such a vibrant school, which gives its pupils and staff wonderful opportunities for development".  

Congratulating Suzy, Sharon Stead, her Head of Department, said   "Suzy's development in her short time as a teacher has been astronomical and her impact on pupils quite incredible. We knew she had something special - not just passion and commitment of which she has an abundance - but also something extra. She makes things happen. She always has her eye on the big picture and is transformational in that way - but she never loses sight of the individual pupil. She inspires them towards a love for literature and language that goes beyond the classroom"  

Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning said:   "This is a well-deserved award for an excellent young teacher. We are fortunate that,  across our Group, we have teachers such as Suzy who from early in their careers have the skills and ability to make an outstanding impact on the children they teach. This award is a huge credit to Surbiton High School and its whole approach to developing its staff and providing them with the opportunities to shine. This is the first time a teacher from an independent school has won this award and I am delighted for Suzy that her excellence has been acknowledged in this way.  

"As a Group we take seriously our commitment to developing the best young teachers in the same way as Suzy and have established the United Teaching programme as the means for doing so. This year over 100 teachers are beginning their career through this programme in our  schools, with close to 200 places available next year uniquely providing participants with experience in both academies and independent schools."  

Ann Haydon, Principal of Surbiton High School said:   "I am delighted for Suzy in winning this award and particularly pleased as this is the first time in 15 years of the award that it has been won by a teacher at an independent school".  

You can watch the awards ceremony here on the BBC iPlayer, available until November 30th 2014. 

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