Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Paul Drew

Beacon Primary School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School

Walsall, West Midlands

Paul Drew is a passionate and dedicated headteacher, and is described by colleagues as nothing short of inspirational. His powerful vision for the school has transformed the lives of all the children and their families and they now believe they can achieve anything.

Since Paul took the headship four years ago, the school has gone from strength to strength due to the rapid and sustained improvements that he has made. What was once a run-down, unloved building, with no carpets, concrete floors and walls covered with flaking paint, Beacon Primary School has been lovingly and creatively transformed by Mr Drew into a world of awe and wonder.

Beacon was historically an underperforming school but, due to Mr Drew’s hard work and dedication, is now one of the top in the country with children achieving beyond their wildest dreams.