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National recognition for Essex Teaching Awards winners

16 June 2017

More than a dozen Essex teachers and support staff have received national recognition after being put forward following the Essex Teaching Awards.
Teaching Awards winners
Winners from February’s Essex Teaching Awards were all put forward by Essex County Council for this year’s Pearson Teaching Awards – an annual national awards scheme that celebrates excellence in education.

Of those, the senior leadership team at of St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School in Colchester have today been announced as Silver Award winners and will now go on to the UK final of the Pearson Teaching Awards in October.

13 other Essex Teaching Awards winners have today been awarded Certificates of Excellence, coinciding with Thank a Teacher Day.

Other Essex teachers, nominated independently of the council, have also been recognised.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate all of the Essex teachers who have been recognised through the annual Pearson Teaching Awards.

“Following the success of the Essex Teaching Awards earlier this year, it is excellent to now see the hard work and commitment of our winners also being recognised on a national level.

“Having good quality teachers is vital in ensuring all pupils in Essex receive the best possible education and are equipped with the skills they and the county need.”

Those who received Certificates of Excellence at the Pearson Teaching Awards, having been nominated through the Essex Teaching Awards, were



Essex Teaching Awards award won

Eleanor Leahy

Beauchamps High School, Wickford

New Teacher of the Year

Michelle Orchard

Moulsham Junior School, Chelmsford

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sandy Snoxall

Grove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh

Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrée Smith

Basildon Lower Academy

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nigel Spencer MBE

All Saints’ CofE Primary School, Dovercourt

Lifetime Achievement Award

Flora Christofi

Epping St John’s CofE School

Secondary School Teacher of the Year

Pam Carlaw

Market Field School, Elmstead Market

Special School Teacher of the Year

Richard Smith

Kingswode Hoe School, Colchester

Special School Teacher of the Year

Mary Smith

Home Farm Primary School, Colchester

Primary School Teacher of the Year

Governing Body

The FitzWimarc School, Rayleigh 

Governing Body of the Year

Sue Bardetti

Holland Haven Primary School, Holland-on-Sea

Primary Headteacher of the Year

Suzanne Sherlock

Canewdon Primary School, Rochford

Teaching Assistant of the Year

Emma Baker

Maltings Academy, Witham

Secondary Headteacher of the Year

Nominations for next year’s Essex Teaching Awards will open on Monday, 10 July.