TEACHERS, governors - and even entire schools - in North Yorkshire, including several in the Yorkshire Dales, have been named as award-winners in the prestigious Teaching Awards, announced yesterday (Monday June 12th).
Two of the ten winners in the Teaching Awards 2006 for the North of England are from Dales schools. Felicity Hill, of Boroughbridge High School, won the Teaching Award for Outstanding New Teacher. And High Bentham Primary School at Bentham near Settle won the Teaching Award for Healthy Schools, sponsored by the Royal Air Force.
This year the number and quality of nominations was higher than ever before, and every single finalist deserves enormous credit for reaching this stage in the process
Caroline Evans - Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards
In addition, a Distinction was awarded to Threshfield Primary School. Situated near Grassington, the tiny school was recognised in the award category for healthy schools.
A Commendation was awarded to Threshfield's Peter Huff in the category of Governor of the year.
In a further boost for the school, two of its teachers made it on to the Awards shortlist. Keith Webster was nominated in the Outstanding New Teacher category and Helen Jarvis was nominated in the Award for Enterprise category.
Alison Russell, of Croft Primary School was nominated in the Governor of the Year category.
Caroline Evans, Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards, said: "This year the number and quality of nominations was higher than ever before, and every single finalist deserves enormous credit for reaching this stage in the process."
The ceremony is a celebration of excellence in schools across the North of England and provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution made by all the finalists to their schools and the wider community.
Ten headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and governors from the North of England - including Felicity Hill of Boroughbridge, and High Bentham Primary School - will now go forward to the National Teaching Awards Ceremony, on Sunday 15th October, to find out if they have won a national Teaching Award.
Winners from each of the 11 regions across England, as well as those from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held at the Theatre Royal in London and broadcast on BBC2.
Finalists were nominated online at www.teachingawards.com by parents, pupils, former pupils, colleagues and governors from across the North of England.
All nominations are assessed by the Teaching Awards judging panel made up of representatives from the local education community, including past winners.
Judges visit every finalist in their school to observe lessons and to hear testimony from members of the school community.