Sister Hannah Dwyer, Larmenier and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

Sister Hannah Dwyer is a Headteacher in a million! Described as “an educational force of nature”, she is a Headteacher whose knowledge and understanding of how children learn and what they need to succeed is unparalleled. Her outstanding career spans over 35 years, 23 of those as a Headteacher. She took on the role of Head at Larmenier R.C. Infants’ School in 1991 and in 2002, Sr. Hannah was asked to merge the school with a local Catholic school, Sacred Heart R.C. Junior School. She took up this huge challenge which came with the task of raising £7 million to fund a new building. Of course, the new school was a great success and has gone from strength to strength. Underpinning all her exceptional talents is her tremendous enthusiasm, kindness and her belief in the potential of each and every child. She supports parents, colleagues and children alike and is truly at the centre of her whole school community. It is with great sadness that the school community says goodbye to Sr. Hannah, on her retirement this year. Her legacy is an exceptional school but closer to her heart, the thousands of children who have enjoyed the best possible start in life. Dominic McGonigal, Chair of Governors at Larmenier & Sacred Heart said, “The first thing I noticed about Sr. Hannah is her deep interest in the children. From the moment they arrive in Nursery or Reception, right through the school and beyond. In fact, we have a constant stream of former pupils coming back to the school because Sr. Hannah inspired them 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. I am so pleased that her dedication and constant striving for excellence has been recognised by the Pearson Teaching Awards.”