• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • St Johns CofE Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Canterbury, Kent

After completing teacher training in Ireland, Leah joined St Johns in 2013 as a Reception teacher with a strong commitment to social justice and to working with families where she could make a difference.   

Not viewing the move to England as permanent, she returned In 2017 to Ireland to continue teaching there, but her social justice mission was “still calling” and she rejoined St John’s once more with even more varied experiences. She has since reinvigorated the school and become a role model for staff, particularly in establishing a fully inclusive environment.  She establishes clear routines and rituals for the children to create a sense of both physical and psychological safety that many do not get at home.  She invites them to be creative with their ideas, often learning outdoors to promote a connection with nature. 

Her work outside the curriculum has a profound impact too.  As Music and Phonics Lead, she runs an after-school choir that has a tangible impact on children’s confidence and wellbeing.