Staff and students at Paignton Academy are extremely proud and happy to report that Principal, Jane English, has been announced as a Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category, The Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.  Jane was successfully chosen from thousands of nominations!

Jane has fully deserved this accolade as staff and students, past and present describe her as a truly inspirational school leader. She has been teaching since 1978 and became Headteacher and then Principal of Paignton Community and Sports Academy in 1998. Her dedication and values have positively changed the lives of generations of students, teachers and leaders within Torbay, nationally and internationally.

Jane is highly respected by all and regularly invited to present at conferences in the UK and abroad with a focus on the high quality Teaching and Leadership she has developed over the years.

Jane encourages students to work hard and aim high. She strives to develop British Values within young people who are proud of themselves and their school.

Jane is driven by is the desire for all those children and adults under her care to achieve the very best they possibly can. She has devoted her life to improving the life chances of young people. Jane’s judgement, strategic vision and commitment is unprecedented.

It’s a real honour as The Pearson Teaching Awards celebrate exceptional teachers and teaching, recognising the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

The Silver teaching award was presented to Jane by Iris Butler, the previous chair of the local governing body at a specially arranged surprise tea party.  Jane received the award in front of the board of trustees, the local advisory group, the senior leadership team and key staff.

Jane said of the nomination;

“I am both delighted and greatly honoured to have been selected for this prestigious award. It has been a both a privilege and a real pleasure to lead Paignton Community & Sports Academy and to have worked alongside so many wonderful students staff, governors and parents”

Jane will now join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards to be held at a glittering celebration at London’s Guildhall on 23rd October, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Plato Award. Award presenters in 2015 included Prime Minister David Cameron, Bake-Off Champion Nadiya Hussain, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and actor Sheila Hancock. The 2016 ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.

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