Hilary Cook
  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School (sponsored by Hays)
  • Highfields Primary School
  • Manningtree, Essex

Hilary became the Headteacher of Highfields School over 25 years ago and her passion, drive and boundless energy has resulted in the school achieving ‘Outstanding’ status. Her commitment and inspiring leadership affects pupils, staff and families. Hilary communicates her vision with great passion and clarity. As a result, adults work exceptionally well together and are successful in their aim of making Highfields Primary School ‘an exciting place to learn, rich with experiences that prepare children for later life.

The sentiment of one pupil that ‘school is like one big family’ is echoed by not only her peers throughout the school, but also by adults working at the school. Hilary’s passion for music is shared with the children and many have benefited by participating in bands and in choirs, giving performances in the local community.