Rutland school teachers are in final three

A SCHOOL is celebrating after its staff won a place in the finals of the Midlands teaching awards.

The team at Langham Primary School was nominated for an award in the 2011 Pearson Teaching Awards by a parent who wanted to thank staff for their hard work.

Staff were thrilled when they found out they had been selected as one of three finalists for the Midlands.

Last year the school’s headteacher Janet Lord won the Midlands award in the headteacher category, and she is delighted her team have also been recognised.

Mrs Lord said: “When I was lucky enough last year to receive my award, I said it was down to the whole school team and I am delighted because this nomination is a reflection of that.

“I am really thrilled because it recognises that we work wonderfully well together as a team to provide outstanding education for all the pupils in our care.”

Following on from the parent’s nomination, Mrs Lord wrote an endorsement about her staff and three judges also visited the school to speak to pupils, parents and staff, before it was named as a finalist.

The finalists will receive the results when they are announced later in the summer term.

The winning team will receive a Plato, which is an award displaying the Teaching Awards symbol of excellence in education.

The winner will also go on to compete against other regions for the overall award in London.

Mrs Lord said no matter what happened, the school would celebrate its success with a presentation in school.

She said: “Whether we come first, second or third, it is still a wonderful achievement for everyone here.”

Actress Emma Thompson, who is president of the awards, said: “I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

The awards were launched by Lord Puttnam CBE to focus on inspired education professionals who make the positive achievements of pupils possible.

For this year’s awards, there were more than 22,000 nominations across the categories.