• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Coombe Hill Junior School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • New Malden, Surrey

Mairi has taught here for 14 years and is described by colleagues as a brilliant, child-centred teacher and an inspirational Maths leader, with exceptional skills in pastoral care. She has a calming, nurturing influence on everyone she interacts with, and is especially skilled in supporting vulnerable children with specific learning and emotional difficulties. She has transformed the lives of certain key children and their families, and is constantly thinking of bespoke strategies to support pupils. 

Mairi juggles multiple roles: class teacher, year leader, Maths leader, voracious reader of children’s books (she is a short-lister for the SPARK! book awards, helping shape the reading choices in 150+ schools across the country), is part of the maths hub and is also undertaking her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). 

Thanks to Mairi, this year has been a breakthrough year for one child, who was finding life at school intolerable. With her support, kindness and dedication, he now finds school a place where he feels safe and nurtured and is thriving.