Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Kirsty Downs

Alderman Peel High School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA, NORFOLK

As Head of PE, Head of Performance and Assistant Headteacher, Kirsty is responsible
for teaching and learning across the school. Her ethos is to work with colleagues to improve student
progress by having consistently high expectations of herself and others. She leads by example and
inspires and supports everyone to achieve their best. She believes that “everyone has a sport, it is just
a case of finding it” and through sport, she inspires her students to aim high and achieve their potential. Her impact on raising standards can be clearly seen across her whole school.