• The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Crosthwaite CofE School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Kendal, Cumbria

Matthew is an outstanding, inspirational Headteacher. A driver of innovation, he introduced farming into the curriculum and raised grants to extend school buildings and develop the latest technology. Pupils invited to the BETT Conference annually talk about IT excellence in school.  

Described as “very caring”, Matthew ensured that pupils had computer access during the pandemic and was active in handing out food parcels locally.  

Teachers here appreciate the freedom they have to develop a creative curriculum.  The school was graded ‘Outstanding’ this year and given the Cumbrian Golden Apple Award. Matthew promotes a strong Christian ethos and ‘Can Do’ culture where pupils flourish. He addresses rural isolation by taking pupils into the wider community and he develops links with other schools.  

Matthew is on the committee of various educational institutes locally and country-wide. He campaigned on behalf of the community to get B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North) internet,  ensuring its implementation.