A Leeds school has this evening been named as some of the nation’s most inspirational educators at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Roundhay Primary School has won a Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year.

The award comes following a week-long celebration of teaching which ended with a prestigious ceremony celebrating all 102 Silver Winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards. At the ceremony, Roundhay Primary School was honoured alongside their fellow Gold Winners across 15 categories as the best of the UK’s educators.

Roundhay School has been the most oversubscribed primary school in Leeds for the past couple of years. They consistently achieve outcomes that are above the national average and in many cases significantly above the national average.

Over the past two years, 100% of their children have passed the phonics screening check preparing them to thrive throughout primary school. Their outstanding commitment to the school community extends beyond the classroom.

Over the last 18 months, Roundhay supported the school community through the pandemic by setting up a foodbank and creating bereavement boxes for children who had lost relatives or other loved ones to Covid.

Pearson National Teaching Award winners are chosen and honoured each year for their incredible work supporting learners across the country. Each award winner has repeatedly gone above and beyond their role to change the lives of their students and help them move towards a brighter future.

Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttman, it is an annual celebration of excellence in education, to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “People of all ages will always remember that wonderful teacher who made such a difference in their lives.

The teacher will never know how many lives they have changed, or the impact they have made on so many families, but our hope is that these awards help show our gratitude.”

Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Pearson School Qualifications, said: “Roundhay Primary School is a shining example of the wonderful educators who work tirelessly across the country to provide the best possible experience for their students, and we thank them all.

“Throughout the awards we’ve heard so many inspirational stories of school and college staff who show such exceptional dedication to their students, to their colleagues, and to their communities. Our congratulations go to all winners on their award.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi continued: “I would like to congratulate Roundhay Primary School for this recognition of their amazing work and dedication to their students. Winning one of these awards is a terrific achievement and is testament to their skill, commitment and passion for teaching.

“We are lucky enough to have some of the best teachers in the world and I would like to thank every single one of our education staff for their hard work supporting children and young people, especially during the pandemic.”

Rachel Johnson, CEO at PiXL, supporter of The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year, said: “Roundhay Primary School is a fantastic school and a very deserving winner of this award.

Everyone at the school has worked so hard during incredibly challenging circumstances and it is only right that we take this opportunity to praise their dedication and commitment to education. Everyone at PiXL was impressed by their efforts, and we are delighted that they have been recognised as a winning school.”

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