The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Leanne Griffiths

The Morley Academy

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Since joining The Morley Academy in 2005, Leanne has made it her mission to ensure that all children, regardless of background, have the ‘gift of choice’ so they can aspire to be, and do, anything they want.

She provides all pupils with the best physical and emotional support possible, and has been a key force in supporting mental health education. When a student had a devastating accident that left him paralysed, Leanne not only supported the entire family, but also ensured the school could be physically adapted to enable him to return.

Her exceptional leadership and teaching skills, led to The Morley Academy securing ‘The World Class Schools Quality Mark’ last year and has resulted in some of the best GCSE results in the country.