Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Pat McGuckian

St Patrick’s High School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School

County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Since her arrival as Headteacher 6 years ago, Pat McGuckian has worked tirelessly with her entire staff to make significant steps forward in terms of pupil achievement and wellbeing, serving every child at the school. The school is now a top performer in the province amongst all of the non-selective schools. She has provided strong and inspiring leadership and has helped build a learning community across the wider area, encouraging all of her staff to develop partnerships to transform their own careers and the opportunities for every child. Her mantra is “Excellence every day for every child”. Pupils and staff report that she is a huge motivator for them all. She brings hard work, passion and deep human decency with her to school every day, and inspires others to value those virtues.