• The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year
  • Houlton School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Rubgy, Warwickshire

Russell is new to teaching, and has used his experience as an award-winning, professional artist and sculptor to capture the imagination of all pupils at this new Warwickshire Free School since launching the provision for Art, Food and Design Technology. 

He has already inspired and facilitated his pupils’ entry and ultimate win the at the national V&A Innovate Awards – and so impressed with his passion, vitality and talent were the team that they invited him to be on their advisory board. His mantra of ‘process over product’ has earned him a strong following in the Twittersphere as an emerging system leader. 

Described by his Principal as “a rare unicorn of a find in launching a brand new school”, Russell lives up to his school’s values of Innovation, Aspiration and Excellence every day.  

As one Year 8 pupil put it so eloquently, “Mr Hill just gets us. He encourages us to be bold, be brave and be brilliant: I feel I can do anything with his support.”