Sarah Maile
  • The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School (sponsored by Nord Anglia Education)
  • Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College
  • Sandbach, Cheshire

Sarah is an admired example of a ‘teacher of children first, subjects second’.  Teaching is a vocation for Sarah. She believes that this generation of children have the power to change the future by standing up on all aspects of discrimination and harassment.  Her moral purpose transcends her classroom and this school.

Sarah has taught here for 12 years. She also became a senior examiner for the GCSE board that she teaches and an examiner for the A level paper she teaches in order to have even more of an understanding as to what is needed from her students.

But it is beyond the classroom where Sarah really shines. She regularly delivers staff training on issues such as FGM, LGBTQ+ inclusion and sexual harassment, and, since her very first week, she has strived to give students a safe space to discuss pivotal issues and empower them to make change.

She runs three clubs a week, and has a revision class and a duty day.  She has run an Amnesty International group during one of her lunch breaks every year, where students explore issues affecting them and their global community, and act on them by writing letters to world leaders.