Simon Wheatcroft
  • The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, (sponsored by the Department for Education)
  • Outwood Academy Adwick
  • Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Simon is a Computer Science teacher, a motivator and is described by colleagues as ‘an inspiration to his entire school community’. He brings a love of technology and a wealth of knowledge and industry experience into the classroomto bring alive for students the impact of technologies in society.

In 2016, Simon was the first blind person to run solo the 4 Deserts Marathon, in Namibia, something he couldn’t have achieved without technology.   This first-hand experience, coupled with his unrivalled passion to put students first and help them fulfil their potential is why Simon is such a popular member of staff.  This passion led to him running two enrichment clubs, the Gaming Club and the Physical Computing Club, both very popular. Students get to enjoy gaming and computing, while applying the practicalities of physical computing, such as robotics or actuation.  Beyond the sheer enjoyment the students get from these clubs, is the importance of these clubs in improving students’ skill levels, and ultimately their life chances.