• The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education
  • Mark Hall Academy
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Harlow, Essex

Victoria has spent over 20 years teaching across Devon, Jersey and London, dedicating her career to supporting the lives of young people.    

Now, as a SENCO, Victoria works to make a difference for pupils with SEND. The provision here for pupils with SEND was inadequate when Victoria took on the role. She wasted no time in making big changes, talking to pupils and parents to explore their needs. She created The Orchard, a centre not just of Inclusion but of Belonging. Her impact is clear. Colleagues are empowered and feel accountable for the attainment of pupils with SEND, making a significant difference to outcomes.  

Victoria has not only been instrumental in turning SEND around for children in their school time, but in their exposure to wider experiences. Her pupils met their local MP to discuss how they are supported in their school library, resulting in an invitation to visit him at Westminster to learn more about democracy. For many, this was their first time meeting an MP or having their views heard.