Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Sam Jones

Hele's School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Plymouth, Devon

Sam has turned Drama into one of the most successful, talked-about departments at this Plymouth School. He has gained notoriety locally through his directorship of popular whole school productions (such as Sweeney Todd and Les Misérables) as well as through his support of Drama colleagues across Plymouth.

His passion for theatre, his dedication to inspiring young people to be creative, energetic and innovative and his unwavering focus on improving GCSE and A-Level outcomes is a joy to behold, according to colleagues.  They describe him as an exceptional teacher and a tremendous ambassador for the Arts.