Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Richard Middlebrook

Alsager School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Alsager, Nr Stoke on Trent

Richard Middlebrook has been teaching for 25 years and has been headteacher at Alsager School for 5 years. In February 2016 Alsager School was awarded its very first ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED judgement. The summary of key findings said about Richard: ‘The headteacher inspires and empowers his staff and pupils to realise their potential. He has the highest expectations of everyone within the school community, and leads with both rigour and humanity’. Richard is a leader who is everywhere. He is on duty at break times, he greets parents in the car park, he talks to staff in the staff room and he eats lunch in the canteen with the students asking them about their day. Richard’s leadership has improved the outcomes for many young people and enhanced the careers of many staff.