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Prestigious prize for West View Primary headteacher

Andy Brown, award-winning headteacher at West View Primary School, right, with Chair of Governors Councillor Chris Simmons, left, and the school's pupils

Andy Brown, award-winning headteacher at West View Primary School, right, with Chair of Governors Councillor Chris Simmons, left, and the school's pupils

A TOWN headteacher who has made a difference to the lives of thousands of young people was handed a prestigious prize in recognition of his “outstanding work”.

Andy Brown has been the headteacher at West View Primary School for 18 years, in which time he has transformed the once struggling school, said chair of governors Councillor Chris Simmons.

And Mr Brown was one of just 55 teachers and headteachers from more than 20,000 nominations to receive a much sought prize in the Pearson Teaching Awards yesterday. Unaware of the prize, Mr Brown was shocked but delighted to receive the Silver Teaching Award in the category for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School, in an assembly yesterday morning.

He will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards in the capital in October, this year, where 10 winners will receive a Gold Award.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Mr Brown.

“But everybody at the school deserves credit, we have a fantastic group of staff and the kids are brilliant, they are over the moon I’ve won this award.”

Coun Simmons, who has been chair of governors for 10 years, said: “West View Primary School gets better and better every year and that is down to the fantastic leadership of our headteacher.

“He’s a great leader but he’s also a great people person and he knows how to get the best out of everyone.

“This award is very much deserved for all of his outstanding work.”

 

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