A headteacher at one of our primary schools has been named Headteacher of the Year in the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards.
Helen Stott of Allerton CE Primary has been a Headteacher at Allerton CE Primary, Leeds since 2006 and which was re-launched in 2007.
Helen, who trained in Leeds, was nominated by a teaching assistant in school and she, her staff, governors, pupils and a range of external partners went in front of a panel of judges to be assessed for the Gold Award, which Helen received at a special presentation event.
“Allerton CE Primary School, or ACE for short, is truly ace!" Helen said.
“We opened in 2007 with 200 children and now have got 700 children with 49 languages. It is really diverse and very dynamic.
“Arts have always been embedded at the very heart of everything we do, which is based on providing opportunity for all regardless of their starting point or socio-economic background.
“Our community really rallies together with genuine support and love and I have great staff and great children and parents."
Richard Noake, Director of Education for the Diocese of Leeds said: “This is wonderful news and recognises all Helen’s hard work and great achievements. Helen works closely with the diocese and her local parish and we know her to be an outstanding church schools leader. A richly deserved accolade.”