Two members of staff at Queen Katharine Academy, part of Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET), are celebrating after receiving prestigious Silver Pearson Teaching Awards.
These coveted awards, from the Teaching Awards Trust, recognise and celebrate excellence in education and are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the teaching profession.
The Silver Awards were received in the categories of Secondary Teacher of the Year for José Ros, Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), and Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for English teacher, Julie Howard.
Jane Driver, Head of School at Queen Katharine Academy, said: “We are delighted and honoured to receive two Silver National Teaching Awards, and extremely proud of both José and Julie for their exceptional teaching which transforms the education and lives of our students.
“José Ros, as Head of MFL, and his team are pioneers in developing our Languages curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our student population. José is an outstanding practitioner, developing a highly effective curriculum and extracurricular opportunities with energy, originality and positivity so students are engaged in, and truly enjoy, their learning.
“Early Career Teacher (ECT), Julie Howard, is an exceptional member of our team, teaching tailored, innovative lessons with a warmth and passion that captures students’ imagination and engagement. As well as setting up a Bilingual Excellence Scheme for migrant EAL students, Julie collaborates with local universities to provide our young people with further opportunities - as well as mentoring team members both inside and outside QKA.
“For two members of our teaching team to receive national awards is testament to their inspirational work and QKA’s culture of excellence and inclusivity. During this academic year alone, we have been shortlisted for five awards which is a tremendous achievement.”
Scott Hudson, Chief Executive of TDET, said: “QKA has been recognised at the highest level through the National Teaching Awards, which is a superb reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment of its team. Our Trust’s ethos is to make a difference to the lives of our students, and it is wonderful for QKA to have its unique and innovative approach to raising aspirations recognised and celebrated. A huge well done to José, Julie and the QKA team, whose dedication offers our young people a wealth of opportunities and a brighter future.”
Queen Katharine Academy held a celebration event yesterday, on National Thank a Teacher Day, to celebrate its Silver Award winners, as well as staff members who have been shortlisted for the upcoming TES awards and inspirational students. The event featured exhibitions, cultural performances and flamenco workshops, and was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough, Nick Sandford and Bella Saltmarsh.