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Louise Spellman, Head teacher, wins ‘Lord Glenamara Inspiring North East Headteacher of the Year Award’

Louise Spellman, Head teacher, wins ‘Lord Glenamara Inspiring North East Headteacher of the Year Award’

Students, teachers and school leaders from across the North East have received national recognition for their achievements and stand-out contributions to their local communities over the last year.

This included our Head teacher, Mrs Spellman, who won ‘Most inspiring North East Headteacher/Principal.’

Mrs Spellman said:

I am incredibly humbled to receive this reward, which I see as whole school recognition for the part that every member of my staff plays in making Conyers the fantastic school that it is. The last 18 months has been challenging for every school leader and it has only been with the help and support of the entire school community that Conyers has been able to support its students in such an incredible way. Our virtual school offer ensured that no learning was interrupted, and that pastoral support continued. Moving forward, we look to embed the very best of our virtual learning experience into everyday teaching whilst reinvigorating teaching and learning in the classroom as normality in schools slowly returns. I am so thankful for this award, and feel both overwhelmed and extremely grateful, but most of all, I feel exceptionally proud to be the Head teacher of Conyers School.

Introduced by the Department for Education in 2012, in memory of former Education Secretary and Newcastle MP Ted Short, the Lord Glenamara prize allows top talent from across the North East to take centre stage.

It recognises the students achieving academic and vocational excellence and teachers inspiring their pupils, while making a profound difference to their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schools Minister Baroness Berridge presented the awards at the virtual prize giving ceremony, with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson appearing via video message to celebrate this year’s winners and congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

This year’s Lord Glenamara prize winners have gone above and beyond to help their community during such a challenging year and should be immensely proud of their exceptional achievements.

The students are testament to the enormous potential that exists in the North East. The teachers are incredible leaders, inspiring the pupils they work with and ensuring young people receive the support they need to fulfil their ambitions.

As our Opportunity North East programme comes towards a close next year, I am sure all the young people, teachers and schools nominated and winning awards will be at the forefront of the North East’s recovery from the pandemic.