Plenty to celebrate at school after teaching awards win

Fishtoft primary school, mad hatters tea party to celebrate the school's success at National Teaching Awards.'Pupils pictured with members of staff L-R Vicky Kitchen, Claire Etherington, Jo Bland, Kate Harrison, Steph Kinchin.
Fishtoft primary school, mad hatters tea party to celebrate the school's success at National Teaching Awards.'Pupils pictured with members of staff L-R Vicky Kitchen, Claire Etherington, Jo Bland, Kate Harrison, Steph Kinchin.

Fishtoft Academy had plenty to celebrate last week – and did so in style with a fun-packed day of activities.

The academy was awarded the Judge’s Distinction by the Pearson Teaching Awards on Friday, which also celebrated Thank a Teacher Day.

Fishtoft primary school, mad hatters tea party to celebrate the school's success at National Teaching Awards.

Fishtoft primary school, mad hatters tea party to celebrate the school's success at National Teaching Awards.

Headteacher Joanne Bland said: “It’s a very big privelege to be awarded a judges distinction for the area.

“The award had 24,000 nominitions this year, so for the team to get down to the final group is a huge achievement.”

Last Friday was the first ever national Thank a Teacher Day and to celebrate the event, the award and the end of the exam week the school held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

The children brought in £1 to take part and the money will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mrs Bland said: “It was a wonderful party and the children got into the spirit of it.

“We had all sorts of characters.

“At the end of the day it’s a team effort, the school would be nothing without the children.

“We’re very lucky to have the children we have here, it’s as much the children’s win as the staff.

“All we need now is for Ofsted to come back.”

The Pearson Teaching Awards aim to take one day out to encourage children, students and parents to show their gratitude and say ‘thank you’ to a special teacher.

President of the Teaching Awards Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards.

“I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

The awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust.

President of Pearson UK Rod Bristow said: ‘Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK.

For details visit www.teaching awards.com