Awards ceremony celebrates London’s top teachers

The overall winners and judges of the 2019 London Teacher of the Year Awards

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The cream of the capital’s educators gathered on Friday (June 14) for the presentation of the inaugural London Teacher of the Year Awards.

The awards ceremony took place at No 4 Hamilton Place, the Mayfair headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

A total of 35 awards were presented, with overall winners announced for London as a whole in 10 different categories, as well as local winners for the city’s different areas.

The overall winners were:

  • NQT/Trainee Teacher of the Year: Elizabeth Wells, Rushey Green Primary School, Catford
  • Business Manager of the Year: Georgia Bissett, Shenstone School, Bexley
  • Sports Teacher of the Year: Paul Madden, Broadwater Primary School, Wandsworth
  • Well-being Champion of the Year: Ann Armstrong, All Saints Catholic School, Dagenham
  • Primary School Teacher of the Year: Lucy Simpson, Christ Church C of E Primary School, Tower Hamlets
  • Secondary School Teacher of the Year: Florence Venables-Chis, Dunraven School, Streatham
  • Team of the Year: New Horizons Federation Inclusion careers and transition Team, New Horizons Federation, Bexley
  • Stem Teacher of the Year: Preetmal Poonith, Barnhill Community High, Hillingdon
  • Teacher of the Year for Raising Aspiration: Courtney Hosp, Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Language College
  • And Head Teacher of the Year: Kerry Shilling, Selborne Primary School, Ealing

After picking up her head-teacher award, Ms Shilling said: “I’m honoured to win this award from Inspire Schools today.

“It’s a privilege being a head teacher, and I work with an inspirational team of colleagues who make a difference to children’s lives every single day.”

London Secondary School Teacher of the Year Florence Venables-Chis said: “I think that teaching is a job that you go into without expecting any thanks, and we don’t think about the bigger picture sometimes. So it’s really nice to be recognised for such an award.”

And Courtney Hosp, winner of the London raising-aspiration award, said: “I’m really honoured to be here tonight. Even to be nominated for something like this is quite incredible.”

The awards were organised by Inspire Schools.

The educational charity’s chief executive, Simon Dolby, said: “It was a fantastic evening with a very enthusiastic and generous audience of winners and their guests celebrating their own and each others’ achievements.

“All of the winners thoroughly deserved their awards. These teachers and support staff really do amazing work expanding the horizons and opportunities of young people across the capital, and the whole of society owes them a huge debt.

“It was an honour and a privilege to hold these awards, and we look forward to doing so again next year.

“Thanks also to our hosts for the evening, the Royal Aeronautical Society and No 4 Hamilton Place, to our judges, and to all the VIPs who helped present the awards and entertain the winners on the night.”

The VIPs present included best-selling children’s author Dan Freedman and Commons science and technology select committee member and MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock Stephen Metcalfe.

Mr Freedman said: “It’s been an amazing night. The people here are heroes because the people that they teach are the generation that are going to be the future, and these guys are leading the way.

“I hope that the awards go on for many years, and that the stories of the achievements of these teachers are recognised far and wide.”

Mr Metcalfe said: “I was absolutely delighted to be invited along to the London Teacher of the Year Awards to both thank and celebrate the fantastic contribution that teachers make to our society.

“They inspire our young people, they guide them, they help them to fulfil their complete potential, and for that I am grateful.

“We are facing extraordinary challenges in an ever-changing world, and it is inspirational teachers who go that extra mile who are going to equip are young people with the skills to succeed in the 21st century.”

The judging organisations for the awards were Imperial College London, University of Greenwich, Principals by CH&CO, KCS, eTeach, Century Tech, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Kidzania London and the Education People.

Any organisations interested in getting involved with the 2019 awards should contact Mr Dolby at sdolby@inspireschools.org.uk or on 07989 164 752.

Find out more about the awards at londonteacheroftheyear.co.uk.

And watch a video about the ceremony here:

The district winners were:
Barking & Dagenham and Greenwich: Well-being Champion of the Year Ann Armstrong of All Saints Catholic School, Dagenham; Head or Assistant Head Teacher of the Year Simon Abeledo of Rush Green Primary School, Barking; Support Staff of the Year Roy Warner of Cherry Orchard Primary School, Greenwich. Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth and Richmond Upon Thames: Teacher of the Year for Raising Aspiration Courtney Hosp of Fulham Cross Girls’ School; Stem Teacher of the Year Rachel Wilson of Barnes Primary School; Sports Teacher of the Year Paul Madden of Broadwater Primary School, Wandsworth. Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Islington: Assistant Head or Head Teacher of the Year Louise Ryer of Thornhill Primary School, Islington; Primary School Teacher of the Year Lucy Simpson of Christ Church C of E Primary, Spitalfields; Sports Teacher of the Year Maria Papazoglou of Whitefield Academy Trust, Walthamstow. Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Lambeth: Primary School Teacher of the Year Steve Smith of Bevington Primary School, Notting Hill; Secondary School Teacher of the Year Florence Venables-Chis of Dunraven School, Streatham; Teacher of the Year award for Raising Aspiration Liam Peters of St James and St John C of E Primary, Westminster. Bexley: Team of the Year New Horizons Federation’s careers and transition team; Support Staff of the Year Georgia Bissett of Shenstone School; Primary School Teacher of the Year Shannon Summerskill of Peareswood Primary School. Bromley, Croydon and Lewisham: Newly Qualified or Trainee Teacher of the year for Bromley Eden Jackson of Breaside Prep School; Team of the Year the administration team at St Giles School in South Croydon; Newly Qualified or Trainee Teacher of the year for Lewisham Elizabeth Wells of Rushey Green Primary School, Catford. Ealing and Hillingdon: Head or Assistant Head Teacher of the Year Kerry Shilling of Selborne Primary School, Ealing; Teacher of the Year for Raising Aspiration Pholoso Masenya of Christ the Saviour C of E Primary School, Ealing; Stem Teacher of the Year Preetmal Poonith of Barnhill Community High; Secondary School Teacher of the Year Natalie King of Harefield Academy. Barnet, Brent and Camden: Stem Teacher of the Year Stephen Sadler of East Barnet School; Team of the Year the senior leadership team at Barham Primary, Wembley; Support Staff of the Year Jacqueline McQuade of Regent High School, Camden.
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