Source: Gloucester Live
Quedgeley teacher Kelly Armstrong could be voted the best headteacher – in the entire country
She has made it to the finals of the Headteacher of the Year Award as part of a national contest for primary schools across the UK.
Kelly, who is at the helm of Field Court Junior Academy, has been selected from thousands of nominations from schools across the UK.
She has been shortlisted in the headteacher category for the Pearson Teaching Awards on October 22.
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She is one of 56 men and women who will battle it out at the ‘Oscars’ for teachers in London, where 11 Gold Plato Awards will be handed out.
“Two judges came to school for three hours and after that time they w
ere so impressed they nominated Mrs Armstrong as a finalist,” said a school spokesperson.
“She is off to the final in October and we will keep you posted as to how she gets on. Either way we are so proud of her and everything she has done for our school and our children.”
The event will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.
Previous award presenters have included former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, acting legends Alison Steadman, Sheila Hancock and Timothy West plus sports or TV personalities including Helen Glover, Brendan Cole and Nadiya Hussain.
Mrs Armstrong celebrated her silver accolade securing a place in the final on Friday, which was ‘Thank a Teacher Day.’
“With these awards we’re taking the time to recognise the remarkable, often unappreciated efforts of fantastic teachers up and down the country,” said newly appointed president of the Pearson Teaching Awards and top children’s novelist, Michael Morpurgo.
Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK added: ‘”All those receiving a silver trophy should feel extremely proud of their achievement and I Iook forward to meeting them at the final ceremony later this year.”