Cathy Bowen
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • Woodkirk Academy
  • Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Cathy joined the Woodkirk team over 30 years ago and is part of the fabric of the school.  As Director of English, her passion for the subject inspires the same dedication from students and staff alike.  She brings English to life, encouraging the most reluctant learners and championing students who are vulnerable, or shy, and who may fall under the radar.  She organises Easter and Summer schools, works tirelessly to introduce theatre to as many students as possible, is a staunch supporter of the school DofE programme and is supportive of local people and events, including delivering English lessons to parents who want to support their children.

Cathy’s positive impact on the school community is immeasurable; staff and students still talk about her long after they have left Woodkirk.  She achieves remarkable successes in all kinds of ways, with all kinds of people.