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
Congratulating Suzy, Sharon Stead, her Head of
"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.