• The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Bewley Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Billingham, County Durham

As Executive Headteacher, Maria provides leadership across The 1590 Trust. Until recently, she was a National Leader of Education and is also part of the Leadership Board for Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance.    

The school motto is ‘Bright, Proud and Successful’. This permeates Maria’s leadership and transcends to staff, pupils, parents/carers and the wider community. Maria strongly advocates pupil voice and the child’s rights. She encourages children to shine brightly and be proud of who they are. 

Being a Unicef UK ‘Gold’ Rights Respecting School is testimony to this – as are the roles and responsibilities given to pupils. Children lead weekly assemblies, are buddies to younger children and have their voices heard on a weekly basis at school council meetings. 

Maria’s vision to develop the school’s grounds has resulted in positive outcomes for the children. She has added a Multi-Use Games Area and Trim Trail and continues to add playground climbing frames to enhance health and wellbeing.