A Derry headteacher has this evening been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators on The One Show on BBC One.
Selected from thousands of nominations, Marie Lindsay has won a Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for The Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The award came as part of a week-long celebration of teaching which will end this Sunday at a prestigious ceremony celebrating all 102 Silver Winners of the Pearson National Teaching Awards. At the ceremony, Marie Lindsay will be honoured alongside their fellow Gold Winners across 15 categories as the best of the UK’s educators.
Marie has devoted her 35-year career as an educator to inspiring generations of young women in the city of Derry and beyond. Her leadership of St Mary’s College has had a life changing impact on her pupils, their families and the wider community, and the school is recognised as one of the highest performing all ability secondary schools in Northern Ireland.
This outstanding journey is underpinned by the innovative ways that Marie engaged pupils, parents, business and educational communities and empowered staff in driving continuous improvement, embracing the Shared Education Programme aimed at overcoming religious and cultural divisions in Northern Ireland.
In the most challenging of circumstances Marie has built an enormously strong and resilient school community.
The Pearson National Teaching Award winners have been honoured 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.
The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. The 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards open for entry on Friday 26 November 2021.
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: “Marie Lindsay 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 Marie Lindsay 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 Marie’s 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.”