Teaching team up for national award

Fishtoft Primary School celebrating Ofsted report.'Pupils pictured with acting head of school, Jo Bland.
Fishtoft Primary School celebrating Ofsted report.'Pupils pictured with acting head of school, Jo Bland.

The hard work of a teaching team who transformed the fortunes of a failing school has been recognised with a nomination for a national award.

Staff at Fishtoft Academy have been selected as a finalist in the award for outstanding school team of the year in the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards.

They join a host of other schools vying for the title, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards of the night.

Jo Bland, acting headteacher at the school, told The Standard: “It’s a huge, huge honour. There is extremely high competition for the National Teaching Awards and they are very prestigious.

“The school has been transformed, but it’s not down to one person, it’s down to the whole team. I could not have done what we have achieved there without the team behind me.”

Fishtoft Academy, in the village’s Gaysfield Road, was given a notice to improve following a damning Ofsted inspection in February last year.

But after a change in management at the school, inspectors returned to find work had been done to address issues at the site, and that progress was being made in all areas.

In the second report, which was published in October, the inspector said: “Having considered all the evidence, I am of the opinion that at this time the school is making good progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising pupils’ achievement.”

Miss Bland, who is leaving to take on the head role at the new Pioneers free school in Boston, told The Standard she knew she is confident about the school’s future.

She added: “I know I am leaving it in extremely good hands with the team I have got there.

“Each and every one of them is wonderful.”

The school will find out whether or not it has been successful on ‘Thank a Teacher’ day on May 17.