Sarah Walker
  • The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Carlton Mills Primary formerly Lister Primary School
  • Bradford, West Yorkshire

Sarah started working at Carlton Mills Primary School (formerly Lister Primary) as a Teaching Assistant in 2011. She was often asked to cover lessons and found that she really enjoyed teaching. In 2012, she completed a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies, attending University on a Saturday. As part of the degree, she was also able to complete the HLTA status.

Once Sarah had also completed a full BA Hons degree, she returned to evening college to gain Maths, English and Science GCSEs. She then completed a SCITT salaried route during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and was successful in securing a teaching position as an ECT due to her outstanding impact as a student. Sarah goes above and beyond the role of an ECT every day, from running the school council to organising events for parents/carers.