2017 Pearson Teaching Award Winners announced
Máire Thompson, principal of Malone College in Belfast wins a Silver Award in the category, Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
We are delighted that Ms Thompson has been selected as one of the final 4 entrants for the prestigious Headteacher of the Year Award!! Ms Thompson was selected from thousands of nominations across the UK, Ms Thompson is one of a shortlist of winners being celebrated on Thank a Teacher Day, 16 June 2017. Ms. Thompson received her trophy on Friday 16th June at a ceremony in the school. She was warmly congratulated by staff, students, governors, parents and members of the wider community.
The award recognises Ms. Thompson’s visionary and dynamic leadership, and her drive to ensure the best academic and pastoral outcomes for all students. Since Ms Thompson’s appointment in 2013, she has led a far-reaching and highly successful school improvement programme.
Ms Thompson will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 22nd October. There, they will find out which of them has won the Gold Plato Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School. This ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron & Tony Blair, acting legends Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West and sports and TV personalities including Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.
We are delighted with our recent ETI inspection report.
The report emphasised 'the improvements are the result of a whole staff working together, relentlessly and with energising and empowering leadership'.
Our pupils were described as being 'articulate and speak with pride about: the diverse, inclusive and welcoming school culture; the positive working relationships.'
The report also stated 'the range of data to track and monitor the progress of individual pupils, and to ...intervene as appropriate, is highly effective.'
We were commended for our community links and outreach programmes, wide range of initiatives introduced to support the health and well-being of the staff, teacher professional learning and action-based research.
This is a fantastic achievement and the full report can be read here