Coventry headteacher is a regional winner
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Tracey McGeever from St Osburgs Catholic Primary School in Coventry has been announced as the winner of The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School in the Midlands for the 2012 Pearson Teaching Awards.
Tracey was shortlisted from a record number of nominations and will join the other winning teachers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at the prestigious UK Ceremony which will be aired on BBC2 in the autumn.
To date the Pearson Teaching Awards has helped generate 100,000 nominations from pupils past and present, parents and a plethora of celebrities supporting the Awards such as Emma Thompson, Al Murray, Gaby Logan, Rupert Penry Jones and Kate Thornton. Each nomination is received in the form of an online Thank You message to a teacher who has made a real difference before each note of thanks is considered by the Pearson Teaching Awards judging panel.
This is what the judges and others had to say about Tracey...
Tracey is an exceptional Headteacher whose Deputy Sarah Shally says of her "She always looks to find the best in all people; every child and every member of staff. She is very highly thought of and we are proud to have her as our head."
When she joined her school four years ago Tracey felt that standards should be higher; this was a priority. She has an outstanding strategic understanding of areas for development and, as a result, the school's performance shows exceptional improvement. She integrates her clear vision for success with the ability to inspire and include others. One pupil told Teaching Awards judges "Mrs. McGeever tells us we should never give up, even if something is really hard. Believe in her and you will succeed."
Tracey is a great believer in involving all family members in the life of the school and she has encouraged a number of parents who have started out helping in school, to go on and gain professional qualifications to become support staff.
Tracey's drive and commitment to excellence has resulted in the school gaining a special unit called "The Key" which is dedicated to supporting children at risk of exclusion. As Jo Cave, team leader of "The Key" put it, "As long as Tracey is here this unit will be here as well". In just 4 years her positive impact on the whole school community has been exceptional. She is an extremely deserving winner of the Pearson Teaching Awards for Primary Headteacher of the Year in the Midlands region.
Celebrating 13 years of recognition for the unsung heroes of education, the Pearson Teaching Awards will focus on finalists - headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school teams - from across the Midlands.
Will Wyatt, Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust adds: "No one ever forgets a good teacher. They provide guidance to help their pupils reach their potential, set them on the right path or steer them from going down the wrong one. If you ask a current or former pupil to name their favourite teacher, almost all will have fond memories to share and it is this which the Pearson Teaching Awards champions.
"Congratulations to Tracey and all the finalists."
Tracey McGeever was nominated for the Pearson Teaching Awards after receiving Thanks from pupils past and present and parents as part of Thank A Teacher Day which is held this year on June 20th. The Thank A Teacher campaign launched by The Pearson Teaching Awards recognises and celebrates the difference a teacher, teaching assistant or head teacher can make by asking pupils past and present, as well as parents to simply say thank you at http://www.thankateacher.co.uk/
For more information on the Pearson Teaching Awards visit http://www.teachingawards.com/