Lifetime Achievement Award for Sue Powell

We are delighted to announce that Warlingham teacher, Sue Powell, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Schools Awards 2021 ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday 8th December. 

Accompanied by Headteacher, Paul Foster, and Assistant Headteacher, Rick Toop, Sue Powell attended the National Schools Awards ceremony at the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace at the prestigious House of Lords. The aim of the awards is to recognise excellence and celebrate best practice and achievements throughout the education sector. This year, there were eight different award categories, each one specifically designed to reward hard-workers, innovators and exceptional school leaders. The nominations were judged by a panel of six industry experts from across the education sector. Sue was nominated for her commitment and outstanding contribution to teaching.

Paul Foster said, “This is an extremely well-deserved recognition for a superb contribution to the learning and lives of students and teachers throughout Sue Powell’s career. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sue and are proud that she is a member of our teaching staff at Warlingham!”

Sue has spent 34 years in the classroom with an ambition to make Food Technology relevant to young people and has been highly successful in embedding this valuable subject in the curriculum at Warlingham School & Sixth Form College. She became Head of Year and was integral to the birth of the house system in 2002 which still thrives today. In this role, she worked tirelessly to address pastoral issues that had acted as a barrier to student success. Driven by a desire to bring new talent into the most rewarding of professions, this passion led to outstanding leadership of Warlingham’s teacher training and induction programmes, for which Sue is currently responsible.

Sue was delighted to win this award that recognises her lifetime commitment to her profession, and said, “I am immensely proud to receive this award and it’s wonderful to be recognised for something that I am extremely passionate about and enjoy so much. I’d also like to recognise the achievements of every teacher particularly during these challenging times through the pandemic.”

To view a video of Sue accepting her award via Twitter, click here

To view the nomination and for more information about the other nominees click here

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