• The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • The Oaks Secondary School
  • Spennymoor, County Durham

Andrea was appointed head of The Oaks Secondary School prior to its opening. As a headteacher without a building, a governing body or appointed staff, she had to create an organisation, a vision and ethos almost alone.

The Oaks has become one of the largest secondary schools for pupils with SEN in the country with an extremely diverse range of need. Andrea has cheerily and successfully led pupils, staff, parents and governors through three ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections and is held in very high esteem by the local authority who ask her to support other schools.

Andrea is a listening and proactive leader who sees and gets the best out of everyone she works with, with the pupils always being at the heart of all she does.