Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Leanne Griffiths

The Morley Academy

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leanne is an incredibly talented leader who is relentless in her determination to ensure that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are provided with the opportunity to excel and succeed.

Knowledgeable, yet humble, confident, courageous and resilient, Leanne strives to create a culture where high standards and expectations are insisted upon, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are encouraged as a means of developing highly competent, aspirational students.

Leanne clearly values the students’ ‘voice’ as a resource for shaping strategic developments and she is committed to ensuring that all students feel happy, safe and inspired to achieve the very best. Furthermore, colleagues from trainees, NQTs and RQTs, through to experienced Middle and Senior Leaders feel incredibly valued, reassured and motivated by her highly effective leadership.