A Norfolk school has tonight been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Wymondham College has won a Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for The Award for Making a Difference – Secondary 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, Wymondham College was honoured alongside their fellow Gold Winners across 15 categories as the best of the UK’s educators.

Wymondham College is one of only a handful of state boarding schools in the country, creating a culturally diverse community with students from a huge range of backgrounds.

Many students come from deprived areas and have challenging personal circumstances, and are supported to make great academic and personal progress. Students take up places at a range of academically rigorous universities, and are also supported to go onto higher level apprenticeships with companies such as Rolls Royce.

Students can access an incredible range of extra-curricular activities which support them to achieve new goals after leaving school.

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.

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: “Wymondham College 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 Wymondham College 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 – Secondary School of the Year, said: “Wymondham College 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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