Selected from thousands of nominations, Mr Ben Antell is one of just 65 winners who was celebrated last week on ‘Thank A Teacher Day’, as the national Teaching Awards marks its 20th year of celebrating excellence in education. The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.
Ben will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the 20th UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 21st October. There they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.
Mr Antell has worked at the Academies for over ten years, and been in post as Principal, now Executive Principal, for five years. Under his leadership, both Glenmoor and Winton – two schools that are co-located and led in the Ensbury Park area Bournemouth, have been transformed – both are now massively-oversubscribed, have a ‘good’ rating from OFSTED, and consistently achieve the best GCSE results in terms of both progress and attainment locally, with Glenmoor’s results placing it in the top 1% of non-selective schools nationally last year. In her nomination, colleague Deborah Hawkins said of Mr Antell: “Ben’s success lies in a few things: his passion for the parents of his home town having a school they can have pride and confidence in; his commitment to giving the children in his care the same opportunities as their more privileged counterparts and, ultimately, his ability to bring people with him on tough journeys – I have never come across a more well-liked, respected and trusted leader”.
Principal of the Academies, Stuart Ingram, said he was “delighted” at Mr Antell’s award: “Ben is a fantastic leader, teacher and friend; this award and the recognition that comes with it for Ben’s work is so well-deserved”. Mr Antell said: “This award is one I would like to share with the whole Glenmoor and Winton community – it is for the parents who support and trust us, for the staff who work so hard to ensure the young people in their care receive the best education possible and for the students who are ultimately the reason that I, and all of us, do what we do every day”.