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TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Judges get to work as nominations close

Nominations are now closed for our Teacher of the Year award – in collaboration with Discovery Education – which will recognise teaching staff throughout our area who go the extra mile every day in the classroom.

Voting closed on November 1 and we received more than 430 nominations.

Louise Scott, from The Pines Primary School, has been shortlisted as one of our top 10 after receiving many nominations.

Louise Scott, Reception class teacher with her pupils. Picture by Mark Westley.
Louise Scott, Reception class teacher with her pupils. Picture by Mark Westley.

Mrs Scott teaches Reception and is also the assistant headteacher at the school in Red Lodge which opened in September 2018.

She previously worked at West Row Academy for eight years and Abbots Green Academy, in Bury St Edmunds, before that for 15 years.

Mrs Scott now lives in Barton Mills.

“I really really enjoy working at The Pines Primary School,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to go and be creative with the curriculum. It is a small school and relationships with the parents are strong.

“I like how I can have more impact with the whole school as assistant headteacher, as the curriculum is being shaped – planning events, put in place what I organise.”

The school currently takes children from Reception to Year 3, taking on a new Reception year group every year.

“It’s nice to be a big part of the decision-making, which is a really good step in terms of my career. I have been able to create wonderful skills at The Pines, which is a good balance. The curriculum isn’t too restrictive.

“I have a good relationship with parents – getting to know new families. I really think if you have got good relationships with parents then the children do better.”

One nomination for Mrs Scott said: “She is an amazing teacher and the children have learnt so much with her – she gets along with every child and the parents. All the children are always talking about her.”

Mrs Scott said: “I’m always a face in the morning, I’m willing to speak to the parents.

“I also do curriculum events for the whole school and invite the parents to show them how we’re teaching the children. For example, learning about phonetics in Reception, maths, reading bedtime stories to help support their knowledge – the impact of reading stories.”

Another nomination said: “In the short time my son has been in Reception she has gone above and beyond to help him settle in and make us, as his parents, confident in her caring nature, that she truly wants the best for our soon.”

“Parents say I’m really approachable and I’d like to think so. I’m always there if they need me, I give them a call,” said Mrs Scott. “The staff are really close, we work collaboratively together making the school the best as it can be.”

A further nomination said: “Mrs Scott started at The Pines Primary to teach the first ever Reception class of the new school built in September 2018, as a small class of around 14 pupils to begin with. She was an amazing teacher for the kids to start with, she made them extremely comfortable and confident and has made their first year of school so magical, the kids enjoyed going into school every morning and coming home to tell all the parents about their day. She truly is amazing and a superstar teacher.”

“I am so touched and honoured,” said Mrs Scott. “I love my job, I sacrifice a lot in my personal life to do the best I can for the children. Children are a part of everything I do. To get recognition that people think I am doing a good job, it means so much – it has made me feel honoured, it is really kind of them.”

The school, which is in Manor Wood, offers places to children and families from all walks of life, as well as pupils from different countries, including the USA with the RAF base being nearby.

“She has been such an amazing teacher to my son,” one nomination said, “and always treats all children like her own so caring at heart! She is also aware that I am deaf and islearning to sign to communicate with me, which is so generous of her.”

Louise Scott from The Pines Primary has been nominated several times for the teacher of the year award. Picture by Mark Westley.
Louise Scott from The Pines Primary has been nominated several times for the teacher of the year award. Picture by Mark Westley.

What's next for Teacher of the Year?

As nominations are now closed for the Teacher of the Year awards, Discovery Education – our sponsor – and The Bury Free Press have been pouring over the teachers who have been nominated and reasons given and have shortlisted a top 10.

Five teachers from our top 10 have already been featured, these were: Sam Goody, from Howard Primary School in Bury St Edmunds; Ryan Noonan, from All Saints’ Primary School in Lawshall; Gordon Leathers, from Rougham Primary School; Alison Sawyer, from Westgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, and Michelle Wappett from Tollgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.

Next week, on November 22, we will feature a profile of two more shortlisted teachers.

On November 29,two more of the teachers shortlisted will be featured, including the reasons they were nominated.

On December 6 the Teacher of the Year will be announced along with an interview and profile of the winner.

The winner will receive a certificate, bottle of champagne and a special prize from our sponsors, Discovery Education.

See below a full list of every teacher who was nominated and the school they currently teach in.

This is the first year of the campaign and we hope to run the awards in subsequent years to recognise even more teachers and teaching staff who go that extra mile in our schools.

Teacher of the Year awards (21690461)
Teacher of the Year awards (21690461)

Full nomination list:

Abbeygate Sixth Form, Bury

Emma Tunstill

Abbots Green Academy, Bury

Megan Loane

Gemma Worley

Charlotte Loftus

Laura Arfi

Amy Hilton

Abbots Hall Primary, Stowmarket

Michelle Biggs

Admirals Academy, Thetford

Amy McArdle

Charlotte Peters

All Saints’ Primary, Lawshall

Hannah Marsden

Ryan Noonan

Barnham Primary

Amy Arnold

Ian Holman

Moira King

Isabella Anderson

Isobel Potter

Barningham Primary

Kate Shelton

Bishops Academy, Thetford

Mandy Batty

Jane Every

Rosie Ward

Amy Ritches

Sharon Thompson

Dan Pickard

Shirley Conroy

Cockfield Primary

Amy Perkins

County Upper, Bury

Gill Walls

Sally Ibrahim

Mary Browning

Paul Coleman

Elmswell Primary

Sarah Mansfield

Carol Sturman

Hazel Piper

Elveden Primary

Lorna Rourke

Zoe Maguire

Forest Academy, Brandon

Megan Norton

Kimberley Steventon

Kristyn Arnold

Samantha Gough

Helen Morley

Anna Eagle

Cassie Vercoe

Wendy Marsh

Freeman Primary, Stowmarket

Holly Warby

Glade Academy, Brandon

Barbara Sparks

Nadine Brown

Great Whelnetham Primary

Lynn Barbrooke

Great Barton Primary

Will Martin

Guildhall Feoffment, Bury

Sandra Gooding

Sarah Allen

Jo Lockyear

Ellie Fisher

Hardwick Primary, Bury

Tom Rampley

Jo Rayson

Honington Primary

Jo Currie

Hopton Primary

Daniel McDonald

Jan Hughes

Ali Horsfall

Horringer Court Middle, Bury

Charlotte Crichton

Howard Primary, Bury

Sam Goody

Wendy Schofield

Louise Sparks

Leanne Sirrell

Julie Spall

Kim Benjamin

Lorraine Downs

Iceni Academy, Hockwold

Alicia Rickards

Vicki Slade

Ickworth Park Primary, Horringer

Alistair Philips

Amanda Sledge

Ben Blake

IES Breckland, Brandon

Emily Keel

Stephanie Pitts

Laura King

Alistair Gedge

Ixworth Primary

Sophie Ling

Rachel Bishop

Louise Price

King Edward VI, Bury

Sharon Shelley

Natalie Punchard

Robin Woodhouse

Lakenheath Primary

Matthew Bishop

Mildenhall College Academy

Jill Smith

Chenelle Grant

Bethany Muttock

Laura Bay

Amanda Briggs-Hunter

Olly Hughes

Norwich Road Academy, Thetford

Julia Miles

Queensway, Thetford

Katie Abbott

Karen Fancourt

Risby Primary

Andrew Marwood

Louise Filby

Rachel Barrett

Soo Miller

Rougham Primary

Gordon Leathers

Clare Clark

Annette Maguire

Sebert Wood Primary, Bury

Emma Gilbert

Jamie Winch

SET Ixworth

Will Dexter

Henry Cooper

Mark Langford

Michael Spurrier

Barry Hale

Ryan Pitcock

Stacey Bell

Amanda Campbell

Pia Parker

Chloe Cahillane

Teejay Ward-Ashton

Richard Mannington

Sexton’s Manor Primary, Bury

Emma Jones

Jacquie Dixon

South Lee School, Bury

Julie Last

St Benedict’s, Bury

Phil Taylor

John D’Mello

Andrew Watts

Imogen Senior

Hamish Jogee

Damian Wallace

St Christopher’s, Red Lodge

James Johnson

Caroline James

Elisa Smith

St Edmunds Primary, Bury

Katie Copeman

St Edmundsbury Primary, Bury

Tom Suckling

Catriona Brinkley

St Mary’s Academy, Mildenhall

Roxanne Rutter

Stanton Primary

Liz Bonnelykke

Richard Mayes

Kas Bovingdon

Rebecca Ingham

Stowupland High School

Patsy Haley

Sarah McKendrick

Sybil Andrews, Bury

Stephanie Hugill

Nathan Hope

Issac Gethin

Chris Handley

The Albany PRU, Bury

Victoria Barber

The Pines Primary, Red Lodge

Clare Stewart

Louise Scott

Thetford Academy

Linda Marie Kahr

Thurston Primary

Elisa Innocenzio

Lauren Earrye

Thurston Community College

Michael Cripps

Mike Corbett

Vinnie Scholier

Myfanwy Cooper

Grania Smith

Tony Germany

Kevin Fisk

Wendy Lewis

Fernando Valentine

Jess Debnam

Sarah Webdale

Billy Adamson

Sarah Dunsdon

Claire Sutton

Ellie Barraclough

Victoria Spofforth

Angela Tegg

Judith Roberts

Matt Ross

Emily Harkin

Sam Harber

Paul Warren

Tollgate Primary/Nursery, Bury

Helen Smith

Michelle Wappett

Stacy Stone

Jo Quitterton

David Morris

Nicola Ives

Hannah Brookman

Tom Henry

Tracey Neville

Kate Kirby

Louise Steggall

Kathy Korth

Trinity Primary, Stowmarket

Danielle Bell

Sara Terndrup

Jennifer Atkins

West Suffolk College

Emily Geraghty

Westgate Primary, Bury

Barry Marsh

Alison Sawyer

Sophie Morris

Sara Maxfield

Westley Middle, Bury

Caroline Noakes

Tracey Portway

Raksha ChohanJones

Michele Mann-Jones

Elizabeth Toplis

Woolpit Primary

Karol Hardiman

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