• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Callington Community College
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Callingston, Cornwall

Jo’s passion for Science is clear. From a deprived area of Bradford to rural Callington via UC Berkeley, California with a PhD in Herpes structure and beef farming, she has always wanted to apply the theory to practice. Her students enjoy her carefully crafted practical activities and are inspired by the way she relates her subject using contexts as varied from mining in Cornwall, to virus structure, to the sustainability of farming.  

As a result of her no-nonsense lessons and exceptionally high standards, her students achieve some of the best outcomes in the local Trust. They even insisted that an Ofsted inspector come to see her teach a second time because what she offers ‘is exceptional’.  

Jo runs after-school clubs for Year 11 and 13 students and runs the ‘Science Volunteers’, a group of Year 9s and 10s who volunteer weekly to improve the Science department and inspire younger students to study science.