WATCH: Hartlepool headteacher up for gong at star-studded event

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A HARTLEPOOL headteacher is preparing to head for London to attend a televised and star-studded awards ceremony.

Andrew Brown, who has been headteacher of West View Primary School for almost 19 years, was one of three teachers in the UK to win a Silver Teaching Award back in May for his outstanding contribution to his school.

West View Primary School head teacher Andy Brown holding his award with pupils (standing left to right) Luke Holdsworth, Hattie Lilley, Sahara Owens, Kai Sharp, Finley Collingwood, Rylee Holdsworth and (sitting left to right) Darren Holdworth, Harry Oliver and Ethan Watson.

West View Primary School head teacher Andy Brown holding his award with pupils (standing left to right) Luke Holdsworth, Hattie Lilley, Sahara Owens, Kai Sharp, Finley Collingwood, Rylee Holdsworth and (sitting left to right) Darren Holdworth, Harry Oliver and Ethan Watson.

But this weekend Mr Brown, and the two other heads, will find out which of them has won the UK Gold National Teaching Award, as part of a show called Britain’s Classroom Heroes which will be televised on BBC2 at 6pm on Sunday, November 2 – hosted by TV historian Dan Snow.

Mr Brown, who is to attend the event at London’s Guildhall Great Hall, said: “I was initially nominated by an ex-pupil – I still don’t know who that is, but it’s nice to know they remembered me.

“I am excited yes, but I think the children and my family are more excited than me. I really do not expect to win, and I just think it’s brilliant for the school and for Hartlepool that I got this far.

“I’ve given a lot of my life to this school, so if this brings smiles then it means a lot to me.”

The awards recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.