Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Laura Townsend

Clacton County High School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Clacton, Essex

Having joined Clacton County High School as a trainee PE teacher just three years ago, Laura’s unique, innovative and passionate teaching style was evident from day one. Combined with her enthusiastic Physical Education teaching, Laura organises regular engagement events including the ‘This Girl Can’ assault courses and ‘Colour Runs’. These have been immensely popular involving over a thousand students, staff and parents to date. Laura inspires students daily to reach past their expectations and achieve more; she continues to be an outstanding practitioner, coach, mentor and guide for all her pupils with proven results. The broader life of the school would not be the same without Laura.