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.
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.”
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.
Full nomination list:
Abbeygate Sixth Form, Bury
Abbots Green Academy, Bury
Abbots Hall Primary, Stowmarket
Admirals Academy, Thetford
All Saints’ Primary, Lawshall
Bishops Academy, Thetford
County Upper, Bury
Forest Academy, Brandon
Freeman Primary, Stowmarket
Glade Academy, Brandon
Great Whelnetham Primary
Great Barton Primary
Guildhall Feoffment, Bury
Hardwick Primary, Bury
Horringer Court Middle, Bury
Howard Primary, Bury
Iceni Academy, Hockwold
Ickworth Park Primary, Horringer
IES Breckland, Brandon
King Edward VI, Bury
Mildenhall College Academy
Norwich Road Academy, Thetford
Sebert Wood Primary, Bury
Sexton’s Manor Primary, Bury
South Lee School, Bury
St Benedict’s, Bury
St Christopher’s, Red Lodge
St Edmunds Primary, Bury
St Edmundsbury Primary, Bury
St Mary’s Academy, Mildenhall
Stowupland High School
Sybil Andrews, Bury
The Albany PRU, Bury
The Pines Primary, Red Lodge
Linda Marie Kahr
Thurston Community College
Tollgate Primary/Nursery, Bury
Trinity Primary, Stowmarket
West Suffolk College
Westgate Primary, Bury
Westley Middle, Bury
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