School’s leadership and Early Years provision highlighted in national awards shortlist
Two members of staff from United Learning’s Ashford School have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards.
Sue Yeates, who oversees the Early Years at Ashford’s Prep School and Mike Buchanan, Ashford School’s Head, are both up for awards; Sue for Primary Teacher of the Year and Mike in the category of Secondary Headteacher of the Year.
Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from across the UK and the two join a list of 67 exceptional teachers who are the Teaching Awards “stars” of the education profession for 2015.
The two will find out if they have received a Pearson Teaching Awards on Thank a Teacher Day, 12 June 2015. Winners will then be invited to the star-studded UK final to be held at the Royal Opera House, ovent Garden, in October 2015 which is filmed and broadcast by the BBC.
The Awards, which were established by David (Lord) Puttnam in 1999, to celebrate and recognize outstanding educational professionals, are amongst the most prestigious in the education sector.
Ashford School was designated a National Teaching School and a National Support School in 2014. It is one of only four such independent schools in England.
Commenting on becoming finalists, Mike Buchanan, said:
“Like all Head teachers, I rely entirely on my colleagues to rise to the challenge of developing the young people in our care day after day. I’m delighted to bask, for short time, in the reflected light of a highly creative and adventurous team of teachers and support staff.”
“I am especially delighted that Sue’s contribution to the school and the world of Early Years has been recognised. Sue is driven by providing the highest levels of care, support and learning to the children in the school. Something very special is happening in our nursery every day from which we can all learn. Congratulations!”
“Sue leads an outstanding Early Years team and is an accomplished practitioner in her own right. Her team inspires children and give them the very best start to their education. Her leadership has had to be exemplary and totally driven to develop and maintain such high standards in what is probably one of the largest settings in the country.
Sue Yeates, said:
“I am privileged to lead a truly outstanding team whose exceptional dedication and commitment makes me extremely proud. I am, of course, thrilled to be considered for this award while knowing how fortunate I am to be with children who make each day a joy to come to work.”