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Principal in the running to scoop prestigious Gold award

Ravens Academy Principal Karen Hammond will be heading to the capital to attend a glittering awards ceremony where she is in the running to receive a prestigious Gold Plato Award.

Karen will be attending the UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards in London on Sunday (October 22), after scooping a Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession.

She was nominated for the accolade by Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) – which runs Ravens Academy – pupils, parents and colleagues, for helping to transform the school after it was placed in special measures.

The ceremony, taking place at The East Wintergarden, is an annual event which celebrates the very best of the teaching profession. It will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and Countryfile’s Sean Fletcher.

Eleven Gold Plato awards will be presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Karen was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the Head teacher of the Year in a Primary School category.

Karen said: “I feel honoured to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. For me, it is about doing my job to the best of my ability. I do everything I can for the children and my biggest achievement is giving them life chances.

“I will continue to make sure every child does the best they can, developing my staff and giving back as much as ATT has given to me.”

Karen’s exceptional and natural leadership qualities have led to an outstanding transformation at Ravens Academy where she has been Principal since 2014. When she arrived at the academy it was in Ofsted special measures, and low levels of achievement saw the academy constantly fall below standard. Under Karen’s leadership, the academy has transformed and secured significant improvement in Ofsted performance.

Its 2016 academic results placed the academy in the top 20 per cent in the country, and an Outstanding rating for leadership during the Ofsted inspection in June 2015.

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

Michael Morpurgo, children’s author and president of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards, said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession. “

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